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    Coldplay: Earnest trendsetters (Australia's Herald Sun dripfeeds another Chris Martin interview)

    7250145624_68390e455e_s.jpgEvery word uttered by Chris Martin seems to become a trending topic. Chris's recent revelations that he suffers tinnitus from playing loud music and regrets calling his band's fifth record Mylo Xyloto (but later joked this was untrue) both copped a flogging on all good sites where opinions rule, writes the Herald Sun, in another article from down under, ahead of the Australasian shows later this year. Read on for the article... you can also discuss it at the Coldplay forum too [thanks Tash]

     

    He mock groans when told Mylo Xyloto and "stupid" are easily Googled. "You say something stupid and someone tells you it is trending," he says. "How come no one ever trends about that time with those strippers? Me and my wife and those six strippers, no one trends that!"

     

    Both of us laugh knowing this will indeed trend and by the time the American and British gossip sites get a hold of it, a joke will have become a headline: "Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow's hot night with strippers!"

    For all the earnestness ascribed to their brand of anthemic stadium rock, Coldplay's frontman is one of the funniest chaps in rock. He doesn't miss an opportunity to complain that his wife has achieved a feat in Australia that his band cannot match. Paltrow hit the top of the singles charts here in 2000 with Cruisin' from the film Duets.

     

    The closest Coldplay has ever got to No.1 was with their biggest hit Paradise, which peaked at No.3. The song scored high rotation during summer when it soundtracked promos for Revenge which has become one of the year's small-screen hits. "It fucking took 12 years to get up there but the reason we keep going is so we can get a No.1 single in Australia one day," Martin says. "We'll do anything that lets us keep coming back to Australia to go on tour there. We're ready now but just need to lose a bit of weight and get our teeth in order."

     

    While they have always embraced the visual aesthetic of show business, Coldplay take it to yet another level with Mylo Xyloto and its world tour. The album artwork, the videos, the concert backdrops and lighting are all integrated, as they have been since their third album, X&Y, but now all the artforms and imaging are even more aligned. Martin credits the inspiration offered by their continued collaborations with creative mentor Brian Eno, who receives a credit for his "enoxfication" of Mylo Xyloto.

     

    "It's meant to be an immersive experience, that the music sits in a visual place and everything links together," Martin explains. "We were always moving towards that but didn't quite know how to do it. Working with Brian Eno, who is such a visual person as well, and getting our own space where we can paint a bigger picture helped us get there. If you came into the studio, the building looks like the record. We've drawn on the walls ... it all looks like the beginning of what the record became. We wanted to present another visual image beside the four of us standing against a wall. And we're not so good at the 'walking' photo. What we've learnt from Brian over the last five years is to have fun with it all."

     

    Fluoro is fun. Splashes and slashes of paint are fun. And for the band's fans, there is an extra dose of fun at the concerts, thanks to LED wristbands that will throw bursts of colour around the stadium, synchronised with the music. If you have seen the Charlie Brown video or checked out live footage of the tour, you'll get just how amazing it will look in Australia in November.

     

    The idea was brought to the band by a fan. "It's a little self-indulgent, but we love the way it looks when there are 15,000 or 40,000 or however many people all with those lights on them," Martin says. "The technology is still very experimental, so most of the money we're earning on the tour is put into the wristbands. We have to figure out how to keep it going without going broke because it's such a crucial part of the concert."

     

    They did think about asking for the wristbands to be popped back into a basket after each show for recycling. But that would have created an even bigger bill. "You then have to clean everything in case someone picks up herpes or tuberculosis. Our lawyers told us we'd get sued and having been sued a few times, we're not keen on that," Martin says. "We do try not to upset people, but we still manage to. We attract some really weird, nasty s--- but that's life."

     

    For every weirdo, there is a fan who has stayed the course with a band the critics love to hate and the comics adore to satirise. Like Radiohead and Pearl Jam, Coldplay ignored those outside the tent and embraced the faithful on the inside, setting up an almost intimate internet relationship fed by regular contact via social media and free or limited-edition goodies offered online. Martin says having the direct contact is a "blessing" and helps to defuse the sting of misinformation when it hits.

     

    "Let me say that when someone comes and talks to you in the street, they are thinking 'OK, this person is a rock star' and they don't have to engage in any understanding of your real life," he says. "With the direct relationship, it gives a much more balanced reflection of what your music is meaning to people and it's taken away a lot of anxiety."

     

    Rock stars and their anxieties. Age seems to have reduced Martin's care factor about success. But watching Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Beyonce concert footage has helped translate that attitude to the concert stage. During the last Australian tour, the frontman enthusiastically threw himself into the performance, spreading his infectious joy. "Watching those heroes of mine, there was a common thread between them when they go on stage and that is they don't give a f--- about anything other than being totally in that moment," he says. "Being English, that is slightly harder to do because you have this hurdle of insecurity and some kind of guilt as to why I have been given this job. So now every day before we play, I tell myself to let go. I know it looks silly but the only thing it has in its favour is it is genuine and passionate."

     

    But his fear returns if all he can see is fans frantically working their smartphones. While those people may be tweeting they are at the gig of a lifetime, Martin equates the behaviour with boredom. "The only thing I fear is texting. If they are texting, they are not enjoying the music. I remember when those phones first came in, we played a song and two people clapped and 2000 were just watching us and I thought we must have really f---ed it up," he says.

     

    "Then I realised everyone was filming. We asked if they wouldn't mind clapping for just one song that night so we wouldn't get paranoid."

     

    New photos of Coldplay performing at the Stade Charles Herman, Nice, France (22nd May 2012):

     

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    Don't forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:

     

    FEBRUARY 2012

    8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]

    9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]

    10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]

    12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]

    16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]

     

    MARCH 2012

    2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]

    4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman's Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]

     

    APRIL 2012

    17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]

    18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]

    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]

    25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]

    27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

    28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

     

    MAY 2012

    1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion] [NEW!]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion] [NEW!]

    18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]

    20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]

    22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]

    24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

    26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]

    29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]

     

    JUNE 2012

    1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion] [NEW!]

    9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]

    29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]

     

    JULY 2012

    2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]

    3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]

    5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

    30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

     

    AUGUST 2012

    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]

    3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]

    30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

     

    SEPTEMBER 2012

    2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]

    4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]

    6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [discussion]

    12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]

    14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]

    16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]

    19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]

    22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]

     

    NOVEMBER 2012

    10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]

     

    Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)

    Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)

    Read also: 2012: Live Appearances - Easy Thread Finder (last updated - 12th January 2012)

    Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)

     

    Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying's new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]

     

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    The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don't take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) - simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]

     

     




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