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    Coldplay win Best Rock Video for Paradise at the MTV Video Music Awards 2012

    paraset3a_1.pngColdplay have in the last few hours won the Best Rock Video award (for Paradise) at the MTV Video Music Awards 2012. More feedback on this is at the Coldplay forum now. [thanks wabbit]


    Here's what the MTV said about it this morning:


    It took nine years. And learning how to ride a unicycle. And, oh yeah, writing a typically kick-ass tune and brainstorming a wacked-out video that is silly and sad and marvelous to look at. But Coldplay is finally a Video Music Awards champion again.


    The British band took home the 2012 Moonman for Best Rock Video during a live-streamed ceremony, presented by MTV News' James Montgomery and MTV Buzzworthy's Tamar Anitai, in the midst of the main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night (September 6). Chris Martin and his crew won for "Paradise," a stellar track off their 2011 album, Mylo Xyloto...

    With the triumph, Coldplay bested the likes of the Black Keys (and their viral smash, "Lonely Boy"), Linkin Park's special effects-laden nod to some of Hollywood's geekiest blockbusters, "BURN IT DOWN," and first-time nominee Imagine Dragons' "It's Time."


    "Paradise" features Martin, dressed in a plushy elephant costume, escaping the confines of a zoo, hitching a ride on an airplane, hopping aboard that unicycle and peddling furiously to find his fellow humanoid-elephant creatures in South Africa. Part travelogue, part childlike escapist fantasy, part mushy family-reunion saga, the video rises to become more than the sum of its jagged parts, not least because Martin's sonorous vocals have a way of twanging your heart strings.


    Moreover, that voices makes you think, Bro, we're all just elephants trapped in our own cages and, seriously dude, if we could just run free, the ice caps would stop melting and no one would go hungry again. Just as important to the video's pop-art success, there's a witty undercurrent rippling through what could seem like, if you were describing the video to your buddy in a bar, a farcical concept: the elephant, stashed away on an airplane, reaches out with his truck to scoop up some spilled peanuts; later his trunk pokes out from a luggage trunk in which he's hiding.


    The Best Rock Video win marks Coldplay's fifth Moonman and its first since "The Scientist" nabbed three trophies in 2003, including Breakthrough Video and Best Group Video. Since then, and until this year's show, the band had come up short a number of times at the VMAs, most recently in 2010 when their effort for "Strawberry Swing" lost out on a Breakthrough Video award to the Black Keys' "Tighten Up." It's hard to believe that one of the biggest bands on the planet hadn't won Best Rock Video until now. There Martin goes, unicycling into history.


    Congratulations Coldplay!


    New photos of Coldplay performing at Malieveld, The Hague, Netherlands(6th September 2012):
















    Photos courtesy of 3FM at Flickr (click for more!)


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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]

    10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy 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]

    7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion] [NEW!]

    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]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]

    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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