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    Coldplay Add More Shows To North American Tour Itinerary

    Coldplay has added 11 more shows onto its North American tour itinerary, which, as previously reported, gets underway Aug. 2 in Chicago. While the first eight dates will hit clubs and small theaters, the subsequent 11 shows will be held in larger theaters and amphitheaters. The North American shows are scheduled to wrap Sept. 24 in Chicago.


    Following these gigs, Coldplay will return to its native U.K. for a 12-date run, beginning Oct. 4 in Glasgow and concluding Oct. 23 in Belfast. The tour comes in support of the group's sophomore Parlophone/Capitol album, "A Rush of Blood to the Head," due Aug. 27 in North America.


    First single "In My Place" was the top debut last week at No. 34 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and jumps to No. 30 on this week's tally.Drummer Will Champion wrote in a recent online journal that the band rode a bit of an emotional rollercoaster while recording the new album. Initial sessions yielded a host of potential songs, but as Champion said, "Trouble is when things go smoothly with us, invariably it means that the end product is no good. We spent two months working on songs, quite a few of which, after a break and reappraisal turned out to be not so good."


    After relocating from Primrose Hill to Liverpool, "songs that were chucked became ancestors to new songs, and songs like 'The Scientist,' 'Daylight,' 'A Whisper,' [and] 'Clocks' arrived and were recorded within days of being written. It was quite an intense period of work, but the fact that we were frustrated and confused and sometimes panicked was bizarrely a good sign."


    Here are Coldplay's new North American dates:


    Sept. 4: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)

    Sept. 6: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)

    Sept. 7: Las Vegas (the Joint)

    Sept. 9: San Diego (SDSU Open Air Theatre)

    Sept. 10: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)

    Sept. 14: Atlanta (Masquerade)

    Sept. 16: Baltimore (Pier Six Concert Pavilion)

    Sept. 17: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)

    Sept. 19: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)

    Sept. 21: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)

    Sept. 24: Chicago (UIC Pavilion)

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