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    Paralympics Closing Ceremony preview: Coldplay rehearsals, Xylobands, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Paraorchestra and more...

    paralympicslogo_1.jpgChris Martin has added to the speculation that Coldplay will be joined on stage by Rihanna and Jay-Z at the Paralympic closing ceremony on Sunday night (9th September). [Catch up on the latest from the event at the Coldplay Live forum here onwards now. Thanks to everyone who has contributed with tweets, photos, reviews, videos and comments!]


    Chris told Radio 1's Greg James that the band have a 'couple of friends' joining them at the event, though went coy when quizzed on precisely who those friends may be. "We're in rehearsals in the biggest car park in the world where there's a fake Olympic stadium thing. I'm not sure what I can say. We're gonna play some of our songs, then we have a couple of friends coming out with us. There's lots of amazing dancers and acrobats," he told James during his Radio 1 show this afternoon (Sept 9). You can listen again to that interview at the Multimedia forum now [thanks Coldplaymom & Tash]

    When James asked if the "couple of friends" were Rihanna and Jay-Z, Martin unhelpfully added: "This is like a police inquiry! I can't say much." But, according to a Sun newspaper source, Coldplay and Rihanna will come together inside the Olympic stadium to sing their collaboration 'Princess of China' as part of the show's earth, wind, water, fire and ice theme. The source suggests the collaborative performance will take place after the 'We Found Love' singer has performed a short set of her own. Chris Martin will then take to the stage to sing the duet at the ceremony, after which Coldplay will perform a set of their own. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "All the Closing Ceremony details are top secret but Rihanna has already started rehearsing."


    The ceremony will be shown live on Channel 4 in the UK, while the list of broadcasters worldwide is here (then check local listings for exact details). It begins at 7.30pm UK time - go to the world clock to find out what time that is where you are. The entire ceremony will also be streamed live worldwide at www.paralympic.org.


    And also according to the Daily Mirror, Jay-Z will join Coldplay on stage, promising London 2012 chiefs an "incredible performance" which will wow the audience of one billion worldwide. News of the star’s appearance is almost certain to sell out the final few remaining tickets for the extravaganza this Sunday. A show source said: "Jay-Z and Chris Martin are close friends so he helped to get the rapper on board. They are putting together a spectacular set list – one likely to include a duet. It’s going to be one hell of a show and fans of both artists will be clamouring for tickets. The Paralympics has exceeded all expectation and, like the rest of the world, Jay-Z has been blown away by their bravery and athleticism. This will be a concert like no other and a fantastic end to what has been the most successful Paralympics ever."


    As well as the bands, a new orchestra created by popular classical conductor Charles Hazlewood composed of 17 musicians with disabilities -including a one-handed pianist and a woman with such severe cerebral palsy that she requires 24-hour care – is preparing to play in the closing ceremony of the Paralympics. It is rumoured that they will perform the strings with Coldplay during tracks such as Paradise and Viva la Vida.


    Its performance alongside Coldplay has been kept secret, but last Thursday the musicians were gathered at a church in north London for rehearsals.


    And finally, don't forget that Coldplay's Xylobands will be used during their performance at the Paralympics closing ceremony on 9th September, it has been revealed in an online article interview with Xyloband inventor, Jason Regler. In an interview with Jason Regler, in which he is quoted as saying, "Coldplay liked my business idea and now I'm making millions", he confirms that Xylobands will be used at the Olympic Stadium in London where Coldplay will close out the Paralympic Games.


    The article continues: 'A Coldplay fan who paid £2,000 to a charity so he and his son could meet singer Chris Martin at a gig came away with backing for his business venture. Now he has sold more than two million radio-controlled wristbands that light up in time to music. Jason Regler, 43, had the idea for Xylobands while watching the Glastonbury Festival on television in 2005. He says: "I was very depressed at the time. My business, RB Concepts, was not going well and I had been through a relationship breakdown. I thought it would be great if there was something else to bring everyone together."'


    Read also: Xylobands news round-up: Paralympics closing ceremony, Jason Regler interview

    Read also: Paralympics news round-up: Rihanna set to duet with Coldplay at closing ceremony; Viva la Vida simultaneous UK performance

    Read also: Coldplay join pioneering orchestra of disabled musicians for closing ceremony

    Read also: Multimedia update: 2012-09-07 Chris Martin on Greg James BBC Radio 1


    New photos of Coldplay rehearsing for the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in London (7th September ready for performance on 9th September 2012)
























    Photos courtesy of the Daily Mail online (click for more!)


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