Pete Yorn to open for Coldplay

Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn has been picked by Coldplay to open over a dozen tour dates this spring. Yorn will highlight songs from his expansive new album ‘Back and Fourth’ (June 23, Columbia).

‘Back and Fourth’ marks a new musical chapter for the acclaimed singer and songwriter. Yorn wrote all the songs and recorded the album in Omaha, NE, with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). Columbia’s Co-Chairman Rick Rubin helped guide the project from its earliest demo stages to final mastering.

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Coldplay to release deluxe edition of Viva La Vida


Capitol Records will release Coldplay’s Viva La Vida – Prospekt’s March edition on November 25th. The two-disc deluxe package includes Viva La Vida, the band’s fourth full-length album, plus a brand new EP entitled The EP, which will also be for sale separately in CD and 12″ vinyl configurations, includes six recently-completed songs that the band had begun recording during the Viva La Vida sessions and brand new versions of two album tracks – “Lost +” (featuring Jay-Z) and “Lovers in Japan (Osaka Sun mix).” Viva La Vida was released in June 2008 and went on to chart at No. 1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Coldplay picked up two Q Awards – “Best Album” and “Best Act In The World” – at yesterday’s ceremony in London. Both awards were voted by readers of the magazine. The band will be featured as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” with host John Hamm on October 25th. Following its hugely successful tour of Europe, Coldplay will resume its North American tour on October 20th in Ottawa, ON. A November 25th show at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA has just been added; tickets for this date go on sale this Saturday, October 11th, at 10 AM. After the tour concludes in Glendale, AZ on November 26th, the band will return home and close out the year with a series of U.K. dates. (See below for a complete list of forthcoming North American dates; tickets for these shows are on sale now at

The track listing for Prospekt’s March – available as part of the new deluxe edition of Viva La Vida and as a separate EP – is as follows:

1. Life in Technicolor ii
2. Postcards From Far Away
3. Glass of Water
4. Rainy Day
5. Prospekt’s March / Poppyfields
6. Lost + (Jay-Z remix)
7. Lovers in Japan (Osaka Sun mix)
8. Now My Feet Won’t Touch The Ground

Coldplay- Viva La Vida North American Tour (Second Leg)

10/20 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
10/21 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
10/26 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
10/27 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
10/29 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
10/31 Washington, DC Verizon Center
11/1 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
11/3 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/5 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
11/7 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
11/9 Ft Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
11/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
11/13 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
11/14 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
11/16 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
11/18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
11/19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
11/21 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
11/22 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
11/25 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
11/26 Glendale, AZ Arena

Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – review

In their relatively brief career, Coldplay have made that leap from being “a great British band” to worldwide success. Their music–graceful, intricate rock songs laden with piano and Chris Martin’s soulful falsetto–maintains an air of direct personal contact no matter how large their audience grows.

coldplay viva
Artist: Coldplay
Title: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Label: Coldplay
Rating: 8/10

Corporate line:
In their relatively brief career, Coldplay have made that leap from being “a great British band” to worldwide success. Their music–graceful, intricate rock songs laden with piano and Chris Martin’s soulful falsetto–maintains an air of direct personal contact no matter how large their audience grows.

The release of “Viva La Vida” comes draped in a few facts–Brian Eno is indeed the producer of the album, that’s a Delacroix painting on the cover, and the first single “Violent Hill” is way more crunch and less falsetto than we’ve come to expect from the boys. As Chris Martin himself says about the album, “We’re still obsessed with making songs that can be sung to the rafters, we just wanted to present them differently.”

“Viva La Vida” – The lyrics are absolutely beautiful and completely unexpected. It’s one of those songs that is on another level completely. Martin paints such an amazing picture that you can close your eyes and imagine every scene as if its a script to a movie. Just when you start to question the band a song like this comes along and you can’t help but forgive them.
“Violet Hill” – The video “Dancing Presidents” is brillant but its only so because of the song attached to it. And I love the lyrics: “When the future’s archetected by a carnival of idiots on show/ better lie low” and “Priests clutch onto bibles/ hollowed out to fit their rifles/ And the cross was held aloft.” Another set of lyrics painted just write.

The good stuff:

“Cemeteries of London” – It takes a few listens to figure out whether it sticks–and it does. The mysterious lyrics and simple, but memorable chorus isn’t easy to shake.
“Lost!” – “And I’m just waiting till the shine wears off” is probably how most Coldplay and non-Coldplay fans feel about the band. They can’t believe they keep making great albums. No one expected them to take Radiohead’s crown. It’s as simple a song any band could write and yet Martin is able to make it poetic and beautiful. It does seem Martin goes off a bit into U2 land towards the end.
“42” – Martin creates another great melody.

The rest:
“Life In Technicolor” – On an album that has only 10 songs its wasteful to use one of those positions for an instrumental piece.
“Yes” – Chris Martin singing at the bottom of his voice just doesn’t sound right. Even Fiona Apple songs better at a lower octave.
“Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love” – A pretty song that is full of mostly elementary lyrics for the “Lovers” portion. The “Reign” portion will force you to strain to hear the words.

“Viva La Vida” is an album that arrives with a ton of anticipation. It has many great highs and lows. A lot is expected from Coldplay and especially Martin. Martin really tries hard to change it up this time. You have to wonder why he would stray so often from his signature falsetto–especially when the best songs incorporate it. What is really unexceptable are the few moments where Martin’s vocals are drowned out by the instruments as in “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love.” That said. The end of the album saves what might have been an average release and made it great. “Viva La Vida” and “Violet Hill” hold up against any great Coldplay song. Viva La Coldplay.

Watch the “Violet Hill” video called “Dancing Presidents”

Watch a live performance of “Viva La Vida”

Coldplay to postpone tour by two weeks


Here is the official news from Coldplay’s website:
“We’re very sorry, but unfortunately Coldplay have had to move the dates of some of the previously-announced US shows. The band have experienced some production delays which mean that the show simply won’t be ready for June 29. It’s very frustrating but they promise you a show worthy of your patience and understanding when they start in mid-July. All tickets remain valid, but refunds will be available from the point of purchase if you’re unable to make it to the new date. Click here to view the full revised routing.”

Here are the revised dates:
14/07/08: Los Angeles, CA
15/07/08: Los Angeles, CA
18/07/08: San Jose, CA
19/07/08: Las Vegas, NV
23/07/08: Chicago, IL
25/07/08: Philadelphia, PA
27/07/08: Pemberton, BC
29/07/08: Montreal, QC
30/07/08: Toronto, ON
02/08/08: Hartford, CT
03/08/08: Washington, DC
04/08/08: Boston, MA
09/08/08: Osaka
10/08/08: Tokyo
01/09/08: Strasbourg
02/09/08: Mannheim
04/09/08: Lyon
06/09/08: Barcelona
07/09/08: Madrid
09/09/08: Paris
12/09/08: Cologne
14/09/08: Hamburg

Watch the best video ever:

Coldplay performs on MTV and tour dates

Check out this cool video of Coldplay performing at the MTV Movie Awards.

Coldplay on Tour:
06/29/08: Philadelphia, PA
07/02/08: Washington, DC
07/03/08: Hartford, CT
07/05/08: Detroit, MI
07/06/08: Cleveland, OH
07/08/08: St. Paul, MN
07/09/08: Kansas City, MO
07/10/08: Oklahoma City, OK
07/12/08: Phoenix, AZ
07/19/08: Las Vegas, NV
07/24/08: San Jose, CA
07/25/08: Oakland, CA
07/27/08: Pemberton, BC
07/29/08: Edmonton, AB
07/30/08: Calgary, AB
08/01/08: Winnipeg, MB
08/03/08: Omaha, NE
08/04/08: Chicago, IL

Watch Coldplay’s “Violet Hill” video and more


Coldplay will perform “Violet Hill” at the “2008 MTV Movie Awards,” which airs live on June 1st at 8:00pm/7c from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. The single – called a “must have” by Rolling Stone – was downloaded by two million people during the recent one-week period in which Coldplay made the song available to fans for free.

Viva La Vida, the follow-up to 2005’s X&Y, which debuted at #1 in 32 countries and has sold 10 million copies worldwide, will be released on June 17th. The band will play free concerts in London (June 16th at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23rd at Madison Square Garden). Information on how to win tickets to these shows is available at Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” North American tour launches on June 29th in Philadelphia, PA. Ticket information for the tour is available at or at

Watch the official “Violet Hill” video: