Yesterday two of the biggest bands in the world went head to head on BBC 6music as Coldplay chatted to REM's Michael Stipe [pictured] live in the studio with Steve Lamacq.
Following reports that Coldplay planned to release a record this year it fell on Stipe to get to the bottom of the rumours: “Is it true?” he asked. To which Martin replied: “We’re going to put an EP out at Christmas called Prospekt's March and we’re going to release an album next December to end the decade.”
Martin then turned to Will Champion and asked: “Is it [the EP] called Prospekt's March or Prospekt's Song?” Before adding: “Lets ask Michael Stipe!”Stipe preferred Prospekt's March and the band agreed. This EP will come only months after Coldplay's 4th studio album Viva La Vida which was released in June this year. But as previously reported, the band recorded so much material during the writing of Viva La Vida they had more than enough for one album.
Both REM and Coldplay were gearing up for shows in London last night (Saturday 30th August). Coldplay played the BBC Radio Theatre and REM closed their show at the Twickenham Stadium. The two acts have been friends for years and Stipe gave a full endorsement of Coldplay’s music: “For me, having been around for 28 years, doing this, I’m thrilled when a band like Coldplay come along," he said and then continued gushing: "I think great! Here are some contemporaries I respect what they do and they’re really smart fun people great people to be around and they’re very close friends.”