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    South Bank Show review: Chris Martin drinks Vodka & Cranberry as punishment for sacking Will

    melvynbragg1.jpgAs we reported back in May and Mid-June, Coldplay were featured in a documentary last Sunday for the South Bank Show. In case you missed it or want to watch it again, you can see the full episode in five parts via YouTube, and you can also find download links via filesharing sites here, at the Multimedia forum. Here's a recap of the documentary:


    Chris Martin abides by the bizarre ritual which stems from an incident in the group’s early days when his bandmates punished him for sacking their drummer Will Champion by making him get drunk - Chris Martin forces himself to drink vodka to remind himself “not to be an idiot”.


    During the South Bank Show, Chris said: "It started when I had to ask forgiveness for sacking our drummer Will about 10 years ago. Three days later the rest of us were feeling really miserable and we asked Will to meet me and out bassist Guy Berryman in Monkey Chews, a bar in Camden, London, where we asked him to come back. They made me have lots of vodka and cranberry juice in remembrance of what a nasty piece of work I was being. Now if I find myself making a big mistake I have to force myself to drink that stuff to remind me not to be such an idiot!"

    The band were seen in discussion with Melvyn Bragg in the autumn as he travelled with them for six months, taking in their win at this year’s Grammy Awards, a tour throughout Japan, the Brit Awards and the War Child concert in London, where they performed with Bono, the Killers and Gary Barlow of Take That. Bragg was also seen spending quality time with the band whilst they worked on their next album in their north London studios, with Brian Eno who also produced Coldplay’s 2008 critically acclaimed album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.


    The South Bank Show is in its final series, with the last South Bank Show Awards being transmitted in January 2010. Let us know what you thought of Coldplay's documentary on the South Bank Show at the Coldplay forum here onwards. [thanks worldtrav, KingChris, Stefan-C8, william_3000 & Karen6321]


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