Saturday, March 29, 2008

First Tour Dates Announced

Summer Sonic Festival

On March 4th the band announced their first date in over a year. the boys will be one of the headline acts at this years Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka on 9th and 10th August respectively. They are playing along side the Sex Pistols ( a legendary yet out-dated punk band) the Verve (with Richard Ashcroft finally realising his nothing without his band). other great bands joining them at the fest include the fratelli's, fat boy slim and the wombats. sadly i can't find the english version of their official website so i'm not entirely sure which day they will headline. but here is the japanese version
there were rumours circulating that the band was offered over a million pounds to headline the festival and according to The Sun newspaper they accepted an offer of about 1.2 million pounds.

Pemberton Festival

This seems to be Canada's answer to Glastonbury and Coachella. Held in a quiet town with on-site camping this festival is set to attract about 40 000 fans. Coldplay are unsurprisingly headlining this festival as well, along with Nine Inch Nails (God bless free music) Jay-Z (what!!) and Tom Petty. An article from the Vancouver Sun states that this will be the only festival Coldplay will play at during the northern hemisphere summer (could someone please tell them their not U2....yet)

Coldplay - a British band that has sold more than 30 million albums - is releasing a new album in May, but Pemberton is the only festival they will play at this summer, Bourbonnais said.

I'm assuming they will headline the 27th of July. here is the official site
the scenery looks just beautiful. would love to see some footage from this show.

Today Show Concert Series

The American morning show "Today" on the NBC channel will be holding a summer concert series starting from April 25 with artists like Chris Brown Alanis Morissete and of course Coldplay. the boys are set to wake up America on the 27th of June. So i'm expecting alot of promo shows and appearances around that period in the States.

with the first single most probably to be released in mid May I think April will be a really exciting month in terms of promo show announcements.

and here is that article i promised you earlier about Chris

Friday, March 28, 2008

Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends


welcome fellow coldplay fans and hopefully many future coldplay fans. this is my first blog of any kind so it may take me a while to get used to the workings of the blogging world.

this blogsite will include all the coldplay news i can get my hands on but primarily it will be concerned with their live shows around the world. with the help of a couple of coldplay forums and news services i will try and post the setlist of every show with pictures as well as video footage i find on youtube. ideally i would actually like to post audio bootlegs recorded by audience memebers for as many shows as possible, with the bands growing popularity i think this task will be far easier than before.

i must forewarn all of you that as much as i love coldplay i don't hesitate in criticising them whenever i see it is necessary. just to get things rolling nicely i'll start of with my opinion of their new album title and concept

Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends. its not the length or the mix of two languages which bothers me its more to do with the senseless-ness behind it. i was glad to see that chris martin came out and admitted that he is horrible at naming everything (i'll post the link later). from the bands initial name of Pectoralz to calling a great song "Don't Panic" then naming his kids Apple and Moses and then this. to me is just seems like Coldplay doing another U2 ie. achtung baby was recored mainly in berlin and Coldplay as most of you know by now was recorded heavily in spain. i really hope chris performed miracles on his piano to create this new latin-american sound because i dont believe that any of the other members of the band have shown any sign of musical diversity over their first three albums. from a business sense i do see the attraction of an odd album title and change in direction it has created some extra hype around the album which the band really needed after a poor showing with X&Y.

before you think "how can this guy call him self a coldplay fan" an article in the last issue of rolling stone magazine has rekindled my anticipation of this album. the link is below i hope you enjoy reading it as much as i did.

do not click on the link. rather you should copy and paste it into your address bar