Guest howyousawtheworld Posted March 11, 2011 Share Posted March 11, 2011 So I read an extract from Matt McGinn's book on The Independent website (for some reason I haven't bought the book) and was surprised to learn of a frosty episode between Chris Martin and Guy Berryman in which Mr Berryman was understandably pissed off at CM for stopping half way through a practice of A Whisper. The extract is below. So anyway, the soundcheck was ticking along all right until Chris suggested having a stab at "A Whisper", an epic, sweeping kind of a song from the (then) new record. Although the tune was perhaps better suited to the echoey environs of a packed hockey arena than a small empty disco, the lads gamely dove in, making a pretty good start. But after about half a minute, the singer gave in and threw up his hands. "All right, stop. Stop! It sounds fucking shit." A few nasty clunks followed as the song drifted up a verge towards the hay bales and old tyres, finally jerking to a halt. Then silence. Oh dear. "You idiot," exclaimed Guy (Berryman, the bassist), somewhat peeved at the interruption. He rounded on his mate and glared. "Of course it sounds shit," he spat, with the measured disdain some Scots seem to be able to save for the English. "We haven't played it since we recorded it, have we, for fuck's sake!" Whether it was pre-gig nerves, or the fact that he felt foolish because he knew Guy had a point, I'm not sure. Either way, Chris then temporarily lost touch with his niceness and called his friend "a c..." in so venomous a fashion that our loveable Caledonian felt moved to respond thus: "I'm going to fucking hit you in a minute." "Well, go on then!" came the retort, sounding more like an order than an invite. Bloody hell, here we go, I thought. Guy has confessed to me since that at this point he became so furious that anything could have happened, and he really wasn't much more than a kilt's width from braining Chris with his vintage Fender. Instead, distracted by the sound of Will (Champion) joining in on Guy's side from behind the drums, our chums plumped for a small chunk of pre-fight chat. The bassist was having none of it, and appeared now to be slightly amused by Chris's fury: CM: (Really angry): "Hit me then, Guy! Come on!" GB: (Smiling a bit): "No!" Don't blame Guy for getting pissed off and if it was me I would have given Chris a delicious knuckle sandwich. But as Matt McGinn wrote it shows that Coldplay aren't Chris Martin's musical driving vehicle, it's very much a case of all 4 getting their hands on. At the same time Guy Berryman is probably the most musically ambitious of the 4 as his good work with Apparatjik has shown which has made me believe he'd be the most likely to give up on Coldplay. I'd love to see more of what Guy has to offer with Coldplay so I hope we get that with LP5. That said I think his role production wise will be so important for Coldplay in the future and the next album. Who'd win in a fight between Chris and Guy by the way?! I'd certainly back the Kircaldy Kruncher! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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