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  • Birthday 01/03/1985

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  • Coldplay concerts
    8
  • Favourite Coldplay member?
    Jonny
  • Your favourite Coldplay album?
    AROBTTH
  • Favourite Coldplay song
    Sparks
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    Freelance Writer
  1. I honestly wouldn't read too much into any of the band members pursuing outside interests as it relates to the future of the band. They're at a stage of their career where they don't have to work all the time. Like a lot of big bands who have been around awhile, they can get together every few years for an album and a tour and then take some time off to do what they want. There's no reason for them to be on the road touring for 200+ days a year any longer. For that matter, they could probably all afford to retire on the proceeds of their career at this point, so I think if any of them really didn't want to be there any longer, they'd just stop.
  2. FWIW some of those things may well be live. Their are effects that can modulate electric guitar signal into sounding like an acoustic, and Jonny has been known to use one at least some of the time. The lip syncing is a bit harder, but my personal belief is that most of that is due to Chris' (or the others) doubling their vocals in the studio, so the track recreates that live. I know there's a lot of debate on the internet as to whether Chris totally syncs certain tracks live, and I won't say for sure he doesn't, but I will say that filmed clips aren't good evidence either way as there's usually lag between the audio and video and so it's hard to prove anything. IF he's doing that, it is a bit much IMHO, but I'm not convinced that's the case at this point. With all of that being said, I'm not saying that people have to like the practice, but pretty much any arena/stadium act you see these days is likely to be doing much the same. It's just part of the concert industry now.
  3. I know this is an old ongoing debate on here, but I really don't see why the use of backing tracks is so controversial. Even if they drafted in additional musicians, they would still struggle to replicate most of those parts live barring touring with a full orchestra (which isn't very practical even for such a massive band.) As long as the band is actually playing the instruments they present to play, I just don't understand what they big deal is. As for the click track being audible in some videos, it's probably a case of the audio for the clip being taken from a board feed as opposed to any mistake at the actual concert.
  4. As with any music, what version is "better" or "worse" is entirely a matter of subjective taste. That said, I think people's reactions are likely to depend on what genres in general they tend to favor. If you don't like the dance/electropop influences the band are flirting with here the stripped down version is probably better sounding to you, if you do like those things, you're probably going to favor the full production.
  5. Fair enough, I just don't see much point assigning blame for an act of god type situation that was out of anyone's control.
  6. Who knows? Though again I really don't think it's a situation that's likely to be up to the band themselves. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if this "postponement" eventually turns into a cancellation, especially if there's extensive hurricane damage to the area.
  7. To be frank, regardless of the show being on or off, people choosing to travel to a potential hurricane zone is on them, no one else. The truth is, despite how it's spun in the press releases, the band probably had very little choice in how the hole thing was handled. The promoter probably didn't want to make a call that would lead to refunding or other additional costs and ultimately the civic authorities probably decided not to let the show continue. The band (and the fans) are caught in the middle of forces bigger than they are.
  8. I don't think there was a way to do it without upsetting a segment of the audience. If they had canceled early, some people would have been more upset about that, especially with the projected danger area and timeline shifting to the extent it has. There's no "good" way to handle the cancellation of a large scale public event like this. Unfortunately, it's always a crapshoot when you travel for an event like this, especially an outdoor event that's subject to weather.
  9. I've never heard of a rescheduled concert that didn't also include a refund option for the people who wanted/needed one instead of attending the rescheduled date. It's probably safe to assume there will be one, provided the date actually is rescheduled.
  10. To be honest, I wouldn't expect that to help you. If they change the rules, they change the rules and that's what they'll enforce. Arguing will likely only make the situation worse.
  11. I'm sure security is a concern everywhere at the moment, but I don't think the situation is quite as severe in North America. I have friends who have seen some pretty massive open air shows (U2, Muse) in the US recently and haven't heard much about being more than normal. That said, I'd imagine safety is on the mind of big tours everywhere right now, so I would expect an abundance of caution.
  12. To be fair, I'm sure a lot of that is because those questions tend to come up when they're doing promotion for a new album. They can't very well say anything that might be considered negative about something they're supposed to be promoting.
  13. fakfak

    Coldplay in Israel

    I think people are losing sight of the fact that they have to respect the power structures in place if they want to get anywhere as far as setting up a concert. You can't go into a country and thumb your nose at them if you expect to be welcomed.
  14. fakfak

    Coldplay in Israel

    Until an official announcement of date(s) comes from the band, I wouldn't say it's a done deal. There have been multiple occasions in the past where promoters and/or local media have "confirmed" the band would be touring a given area only to have nothing ever materialize.
  15. fakfak

    Coldplay in Israel

    The problem is, in this scenario, there's literally no action the band can take seen as a political statement. If they play, a lot of people will be mad because of their perceived lack of support for the Palestinians, if they don't a lot of people will be mad because of their perceived lack of support for the Israelis. They'll get negative reaction no matter which "side" they choose, when all that might really be going through their heads is a desire to play a concert somewhere they haven't been yet.
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