Pete's Oxfam Blog - the Autumn US leg

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Whoa... Pete must have slept well! 2 blogs! Nice :)

edit: ^ okay the Pete madness is getting pretty much out of hand now... just give him your siggy....
 

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weee I get to post the blog for once...


Quick note from Boston..
October 29th, 2008 / No Comments » / by plusby

Coldplay are live onstage in Boston right now. I can see the spotlights on Guy, Will, Jonny and Chris, on the balcony, of the Boston Banknorth Garden. The band are crammed onto a tiny stage amongst the crowd. All eyes on them, and camera flashes lighting up faces. People have swarmed towards the band. It’s an amazing sight. The lucky few, in those seats around them, have an incredible view. Best seat in the house. Bet they didn’t expect that. Oxfam volunteers are scattered around the arena, enjoying the show. I’m going to head backstage to put this online. Next stop is Washington, when all eyes will again be on Coldplay, on Halloween. A few days after that.. all eyes, will be on the White House..
 

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[Coldplay Oxfam Blog] Halloween in the capital.

There is a weird skeleton-skull-ghost-doll thing hanging from the door of the production office. I’m sat right outside, with it watching over me.

Skeletons will walk the halls of the Verizon Center, Washington D.C. tonight. It’s Halloween, and the Coldplay crew are dressing up for the occasion. I hear rumours of all sorts of alterations to the show. Projections on spheres, confetti, lights, video.. it should be fun to see what gets thrown in to the party. One of the roadies has a mask which is proper freaky.. I’m sure the mood won’t be too dark though. After all, one of the songs is called ‘Death will never conquer’..!

Coldplay and Oxfam are back in Washington D.C. This is one of three venues being repeated from the last stint out here in the States.

I took advantage of the crisp winter weather yesterday, to check out the city. There is history everywhere. Past and present. One minute, I was running past the Lincoln and WWII memorials, the next, past a stage being constucted in a park in front of the White House, and on down Constitution Avenue. It’s now only 4 days until the election here. Good to get a chance to see the city this time. Last trip, we were whisked right through as the concerts rolled on.

22 more Oxfam volunteers will be gracing the venue tonight. I wonder how many witches and ghosts will be amongst them. Maybe we will have a trick or treat theme when they go about talking to the fans.. We already have the treat, the beloved Oxfam badge. I will have to think of a trick though.

http://www.oxfamblogs.org/coldplay/?p=91
 

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The nice man in the photo, I think his title is the "NYC media coordinator." I think his job is to try to find more artists and venues that will allow Oxfam to sign people up during concerts.
Ha! I'm the "nice man" in the photo. Thanks for the compliment!

And yeah, I'm the guy who works on behalf of Oxfam America in the music industry, with great Oxfam supporters like Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, Crowded House, DJ Shadow, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, and many, many more. I'm also the guy who has been posting here and corresponding with all the great folks on this board who have volunteered with us and have asked amazing questions about what Oxfam does and how Coldplay fans might be able to help.

And your observations are correct, Pete is a fantastic guy and a great ambassador of all the great things Oxfam is about! If you do happen to see him at a show, tell him you are reading his blogs, and ask him anything you'd like about Oxfam. He's a wealth of information.

Thanks again for all the support!

-Bob F.


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Wow!!!

A TRUE Oxfam-er among us!!!!

Nice meeting you Bob!!!! :nice:
 

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Hi Bob, it's Christa. Noelia and I met you at Jersey, i sent Pete the pics i took of you guys. it was great to meet you. let me know if you would me to send them to you too.
 

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isn't anybody watching his blog anymore? just his piccies!

Duffy’s last stand, and roadies playing dead..
November 1st, 2008 / No Comments » / by plusby


Directly in front of me, is the constant stream of Coldplay fans entering the Philadelphia Wachovia Center. Beep.. beep.. beep (etcetera), go the machines, as ticket bar code’s are scanned. There is one very enthusiastic security guard too, whooping and cheeing, singing ‘Violet Hill’, anything to put a smile on faces as they enter. That’s if the smiles aren’t already there.

Fans then walk directly over to the Oxfam booth to my right, where our Philly action group is busy signing up the masses, and talking about Oxfam’s amazing work. Those that miss us, are heading in to see the Duffy show, which is in full swing. She has a couple songs left before the end of her last show on this tour. Those (notoriously hard to please) roadies, have often been heard talking about her presence on stage. This girl from Wales is only going to get more fans, the more shows she does. One of the biggest hits of the year.. alongside Coldplay of course.

This is a huge venue, I can see 3 balcony’s if I look up. Amazing that it’s only a couple of months since we were last here. It’s full again. (That security guard is now dancing along to Duffy - it really is a pleasure to watch him putting smiles (or confused looks) on so many faces).

So last night. Last night. Let’s talk about last night. Last night I saw a few things I thought I’d never see on stage with Coldplay. There were giant pumpkins bouncing up and down above their heads. Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ faces smirking at the crowd. One dead roadie (*no roadies were harmed during the process of this show). Finished off with raining confetti bats! I haven’t even mentioned some of the fans costumes.. Halloween was a real treat. The band obviously enjoyed tricking the crowd with the ‘dead-roadie’ moment though. One of the band’s technitian’s (I won’t name names), was dressed with drumsticks through the heart, fake blood, dungarees, a jagged saw and a very odd looking mask.. He was priveledged to be chosen for his moment during ‘Cemeteries of London’. At least.. i’m pretty sure it was him.. and not the ghost of the Verizon Center. . .It was great to stand amongst the crowd, listening to people slowly realising there was a 5th motionless, blood soaked person on stage as the lights went up, and as he was dragged off stage. Anyway.. back to tonight.

Philadelphia has just celebrated winning the World Series Baseball. I have to mention it, as we are just a stones throw, from where the last pitch was thrown. I hear there were amazing scenes here last night, just before the Sixers Basketball game.. 2 million people. Wow. Congratulations to all those people walking in, proudly wearing their red hats.

No Halloween tonight. No Friday 13th on the roadie bus. No flaming pumpkins. Hopefully no dead roadies either. Plenty of high fives for the crowd coming in (from that guy), and plenty of sign-ups for Oxfam too. We continue to do our amazing work. Saving lives. Campaigning on climate change. Providing clean water. Giving life-saving injections. Providing footballs for children to play. Helping farmers sell their coffee. Going to a Coldplay show, and spreading the word. Almost time for the show.. i’d better go.
 

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Lost! .. in those Auburn Hills..

Coldplay just polished off the last notes of ‘Strawberry Swing’ and after a little wander down to the front of stage left, have now burst into life again on the remix version of ‘God put a smile…’ I just came back to production to write to you all, who aren’t in here. Seems to me like plenty of you are crammed in though. It looks packed out there.. People are on their feet, clapping and cheeing. The atmosphere is incredible. Spare a thought for the nerves that must jangle in those 4 lads as they look up at all those peering faces for the first time. At least you can always rely on it being an overwhelmingly good reception when the curtain is raised during ‘Violet Hill’. The hip-hop/classical entry music, the dimmed - then flashing - lights, mixed with ‘Life in Technicolour’ always gets the crowd raised to their feet and ready to make some noise for these British boys.

We’re at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit. Home of the Detroit Pistons, NBA champs of 1990. There is only one Champion on stage tonight. He’s currently busy mangling drums and hitting them into submission. Just wait until ‘Politik’…! It’s a mellow moment right now, one of my favourite parts of the set.. Chris Martin and Will singing ‘The Hardest Part’. The rest of the stage is dark. It creates a great mood. Fitting for the song.. but also ready, eager and waiting, to burst back into life, when those strings come in..

I went out earlier without my earplugs for the first time in a while (*”why earplugs?!?” - I hear you cry?!?* .. well, just because, when you work on a tour like this everyday, you have to, at least try to stop the tinitus for a while). It’s an incredible wall of sound without them though. Especially when the music is blended with the thousands of fans mouths that are also chanting/screaming/singing/drunkenly blurring the words. Feet are stamping now to ‘Viva La Vida’.

*Fin (Coldplay’s tour production manager) just popped his head over my shoulder ..

Fin - “is that your blog Pete?”

Me - “yeah”

Fin - “tell em’ Fin says ‘Hi’…. and give generously immediately!”

(he’s now gone back out to keep an eye on the show - as the keys and drums burst into ‘Lost!’. It’s another crowd pleaser. This band are really rolling at the moment. Seem to be loving every minute. I must just say, I still love this band, even after 40+ shows. My favourite part of the set is right after I have packed up the Oxfam gear (when the volunteers have come back), and I rush through the curtain to catch ‘Cemeteries of London’ and ‘Chinese Sleep Chant’. Chris usually says hello to the crowd before that song. Maybe it’s because it mentions London (and i’m British), or maybe it’s because I just love the beat (and i’m a drummer).. either way, i’m hooked.

The Oxfam crowd here in Detroit have been amazing. Full of energy and determined to talk to as many people as possible. About 737 people signed up here before the show (I say “about”.. - i counted exactly.. twice). That’s great work and we were a couple volunteers short tonight. Most of them are new to campaigning but really seemed to enjoy it. Some of them even said they started up after seeing us in Toronto in the summer. That’s awesome to know. There are plenty of ways to play a part, in changing the world. As I have said many times. Small actions, save lives.

This is turning into a long one. I might let you go, get back to your facebook, or signing that online petition with Oxfam. (I know which one i’d like you to do, and it doesn’t involve books of faces..) I’m going to get back out there and try to catch another song or two, before the volunteers come back, with beaming faces, and sore throats (from all that singing). I hear a harmonica out there.. Great talking to ya. See you in Atlanta! (It’s a loooong bus ride tonight…)

I hear those drums being mangled again. It’s ‘Politik’.

http://www.oxfamblogs.org/coldplay/?p=98
 

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maybe it’s because I just love the beat (and i’m a drummer)
Pete is a drummer?!?!:wink3: Seriously?!:bomb:


ok ok I'll stop acting like a teenager now!:blush: hehehe
 

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I'm so excited to work for Oxfam at tomorrow's show! yay!!
 

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a shortie:
United States of America has a new President.
November 5th, 2008 / No Comments » / by plusby

A quick note of a memorable moment in history.

Outside my Atlanta hotel room, I can hear car horns beeping and voices shouting for joy. I have the TV on. More of the same. Celebrations in the street and huge crowds gathered in Time Square, NYC, and Grant Park, Chicago. The Chicago crowd awaiting their Senator, the President-elect, Barack Obama.

The tour made it’s way down to Atlanta today. All eyes on the bus were on the election. Some people in this city won’t get much sleep tonight. With all this beeping outside, I might not either..
 

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you're welcome! :D

btw I love that I learned this awesome news from Pete's blog first...
 

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Damn, you are good Carla, quick and cute
 

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you're welcome! :D

btw I love that I learned this awesome news from Pete's blog first...
I learned it on the radio. It just never ended. I kept waking up and it was still going!!
 

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[Coldplay Oxfam Blog] Atlanta, Georgia (part one).

Extra show added due to phenomenal demand. That’s how this show came about. Without it, there would have been a lot of people who missed out. As it is, they didn’t have to. Another sold out show in another state in the US. Coldplay whipped up another storm. The set may have settled into a groove, but the crowds are jumping around wherever we go. One of the Oxfam volunteers summed up the crowd reaction.. ”that was magical.”

I’m sitting on Bus 5, waiting for Doyle (our driver), to hop on and take us on to Orlando, Florida. I’ve not been there before.. I hear it’s kinda hot. Slices of cold pizza and plastic cups filled with various beverages, is the order of the day (even if we are just an hour into it).

So I want to say a big Oxfam welcome to ‘Sleepercar’. They played their second show of this tour tonight. I like what I hear, even if it has only been snippets through a balcony curtain. I’ll have to make a point of watching the whole set some point, and get some pictures for you. I hear they are long-term friends of the band, from the ‘Parachutes’ days. I’m going to have to speed this up. The internet connection will get cut off when the wheels on the bus start to roll.

Hundreds more Coldplay fans signed up with Oxfam America today. Hundreds more people wanting to find out more, to get involved, to do what they can, to take action, to make a difference. Over 45′000 people have got involved with Oxfam for the first time, during this tour. As i’ve said before, Coldplay have done something amazing by inviting us out here. They have supported Oxfam for many years now. Every night, I meet people who say they checked out Oxfam, when they saw the ‘MTF’ on Chris’ piano, and the Make Trade Fair = on his hand at every show. Or looked up the website address from the album sleeve cover. Or met an Oxfam volunteer on a previous tour. The bands support has had a real influence on the Make Trade Fair campaign and also, just how many people know what Oxfam does. That’s awesome.

One of my favourite songs in the world just came on the TV. I got a bit distracted. Someone just said “why not just take our last three paper plates as well.. we haven’t even got ketchup!” (I’ll leave it up to your imagination why..) I’m talking nonsense. I’d better go. See you in Florida.

Pete

http://www.oxfamblogs.org/coldplay/?p=100
 
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