In March we learned that Coldplay would headline the first-ever Pemberton Festival, set for July 25-27 in Pemberton, B.C., and also that the band were reportedly being paid a whopping £1.2million ($2.4million) to play the Summer Sonic festival in Japan later in the year. If they gigged for 75 minutes on both nights, they trousered a jaw-dropping £8,000 ($16,200) a minute. Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival bosses were rightly chuffed with themselves, calling Coldplay "the ultimate blue chip act of our generation."
New images of Coldplay's 'new website' surfaced via their official web designers, SlenderFungus.com. Could these screenshots have been a hoax? Were they meant to be visible on slenderfungus website? Did Coldplay find out or were they waiting for the screenshots to be 'discovered'? All your questions were answered... it turned out to be a design that wasn't used!
It was announced in March that Coldplay’s fourth album would be called 'Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends' after a bout of ambiguity from Prospekt. Chris Martin chose it after seeing the phrase, which means “long live life,” on a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who endured polio, a broken spine, and chronic pain for decades. “She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida,’” says Martin. “I just loved the boldness of it.”
Read the full March 2008 Coldplay review article in the Coldplay forum here