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  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 d
  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 usuall
  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
  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. 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. 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. 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.
  16. No matter how big a band is, they can't override governmental policies and laws. Frankly, they've played in a lot of countries with controversial political aspects to them. At the end of the day, they are professionals and do earn their living from their music and concerts, but I'm not sure you can really read anything more into their decision to tour in Israel (if it even ends up being true) than their decision to tour anywhere else. Any policies dictating who can attend etc. are almost certainly completely out of their hands.
  17. It's a bit like a slap technique, if not in sound, then in the way he's actually playing, because he's playing with his fingers, but also with his thumb on the upper strings. I think he's also palm muting sometimes, because in clips you can see that he kind of covers all the strings with his picking hand.
  18. I would say it's a bit of both. A lot of the songs on that album lend themselves to more percussive drumming, but Will has also changed his kit over the years. He used to favor a fairly large bass drum that would lend itself to low tuning, but he's shifted to progressively smaller drums over time. He's also switched from favoring wood snare drums to metal ones and for this able and tour moved away from the maple kits he's historically used because he says he finds to recording custom kits he uses now fit better with all the samples they use in the newer material. It's not like he's made
  19. The pedals are still part of the rig. there are 3 trays worth, so it's safe to assume that there are at least as many as when they were on the board. You can also see what looks like lists of presets for the TC Electronics delay unit and the Eventide chalked onto the panel below the wireless units, which would suggest that they are certainly being used rather amply now. Regardless, he still has to almost certainly be doing something more than his onstage board, because since each button runs one fixed function, that would mean the total number of discreet effects he could access during a gi
  20. I don't think he's controlling it all through the onstage midi switcher since he has them labeled for single effect usage and there aren't enough switches to account for everything he seems to be using these days. There's another midi switcher in his rack, and I would guess that his tech is doing some of the switching through there.
  21. I think most of his big reverb and echo swells are coming from high end rack gear these days as opposed to any pedals. To my knowledge, he hasn't actually used a Digitech Whammy since the earliest days of the band (I've seen Parachutes era pedal board photos that seem to have one, but he doesn't on any of his more recent ones.) He also doesn't have an expression pedal for one on his current board (they're labeled for the Echo Pro, the Eventide and a basic volume pedal) That said, he has some of the best top of the line multi effects processors in his live rack, so he could be getting a simila
  22. It's worth noting that he's playing a relatively intricate pattern (by Coldplay guitar line standards anyway) in a very confined area of the neck and the band's sound guy has said in an interview that nobody in the band's camp expected him to be able to play it live before they started rehearsing the new songs. IMHO Guy looks at least as detached at least as much of the time.
  23. I always thought he's tended toward neutral expressions, except when singing backing vocals, then he tends to look angry. (though I'm not implying he actually is.
  24. He always had a a tendency to look down while performing. I think he's just the sort of guitarist that watches his hands a lot while playing. He's doing more intricate stuff on the neck with a lot of their newer material, so perhaps that has something to do with it. He has said multiple times over the years that his wife and family tour with him as much as possible, which seems nice.
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