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[Chicago Preview] The Kings Of Rainstorm Rock


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Last summer, Coldplay was the hottest band in rock and roll around the world. Their "X&Y" topped the charts in more than two dozen countries a little more than a week after its release last June and remained there for nearly a full month.


Nearly 10 months after its release, it remains on the all-genre-encompassing Billboard 200 chart, with more than 3 million copies sold. Like their previous studio efforts, "X&Y" has a few anthems, but they tend to serve as pick-me-ups of sorts for a lot of slick, yet melancholy and occasionally dour reflections.


For a band that is supposed to be the heirs to U2's throne, it's sure hard as hell to get psyched for a listen to a Coldplay disc. They do, though, make for good listening during a downpour.


"X&Y," though, may be it for a while from these guys. At an awards show in Britain in February, leader Chris Martin said he and his mates "need to go away. We've got a lot of work to do." While we do know that Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow are awaiting the addition of an Orange or an Arugula to their Apple in the near future, what exactly that comment entails is anybody's guess. My prediction? The mope-tops return in 2008. At the earliest.


At press time only seats behind the stage were available for Thursday's show. The March 31 show is sold out.


Coldplay, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and March 31, United Center, 1901 Madison St., Chicago, $41.50 to $81.50 (March 31 show sold out).


FYI: (312) 455-4500 or http://www.unitedcenter.com

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