Greetings, Coldplayers! Welcome to the review of the wonderful month of August 2012. While it may not have had such exciting news as August 2011 (with the much-anticipated announcement of the title of LP5) there was still no shortage of thrills and spills! (well, mostly thrills
) Oh, and a few rumours as well
First off, let’s get the BORING STUFF out of the way…
This month saw Universal Music in talks to sell Parlophone, the label which includes acts such as Coldplay, Blur and Lily Allen, in order to aid them in their bid for EMI. But I know you don’t really care about any of this stuff, so let’s get on to what really mattered… the Mylo Xylotour!
(Thanks buffyjoo for this amazing picture!)
August started with the North American leg of the MX tour already in full swing, with shows in Washington, Toronto, Montreal and Boston just behind them. The band played a series of successful concerts in Detroit, East Rutherford, Chicago and St. Paul, bringing the colour and joy of their music to an ever wider audience.
The end of July had seen the return of fan favourite song Green Eyes, so Coldplayers were eagerly anticipating any other rarities that might return… some fans in Chicago clearly had their aims set high, as they held up signs requesting Amsterdam, which had not been played since 2005. Chris apologised (humble as always) and played as much of the song as he could remember, which as it turned out wasn’t much. But the next day, the band got busy rehearsing and the result was the first full performance of this amazing song in nearly 7 years!
As always, Roadie #42 kept fans informed and entertained with his blogs, which this month included a video of a rare new song! Well, sort of…
But things weren’t always so great for the good Roadie, as he shared with us the harrowing tale of how he lost his passport and was forced to face the terrifying “Walk of Shame.” You can read all about this here
And here are links to the threads for the August US gigs where you can find pictures, reviews and more:
Auburn Hills: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91834
East Rutherford Night 1: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90978
East Rutherford Night 2: http://coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91164
Chicago Night 1: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90979
Chicago Night 2: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91229
St Paul Night 1:http://coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91932
St Paul Night 2: http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90980
After a short break, the band were back in Europe for the next leg of the tour. To many fans’ delight, the August 28th show in Copenhagen was live-streamed and you can find a recording of it here
As if one live-stream wasn't enough, the August 30th show in Stockholm was also streamed! You can find this one here too
(Thanks Tash and hps!)
During the gig in Stockholm, Paradise was filmed for the Stand Up To Cancer TV broadcast, but ultimately the version from Stade de France was used instead.
Anyway, that’s about all the tour news from the month of August, so let’s move on to other news…
OTHER NEWS (and rumours)
There wasn’t much in the way of news in August, however there were some interesting rumours going around…
Various sources in Brazil began to report that Coldplay would be heading to South America in 2013. Possible tour dates in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile were even rumoured: http://www.coldplaying.com/index.php...ticle&sid=7950
Fans had to wait until November for any official announcement, but that’s another story for another Coldplayer to tell…
There were also a lot of rumours about Coldplay performing at the Olympic Games closing ceremony, but of course these turned out to be rubbish, and the band set the record straight: https://twitter.com/coldplay/status/235758400082964481
Meanwhile hype was building around the band’s planned performance at the Paralympics closing ceremony, where they were rumoured to be joined by Rihanna and Jay-Z… but that is also a story for another month
It was also becoming apparent that the band members already had plans for the future of Coldplay, as rumours were flying all over the place about Chris taking a year off, and moving to LA with wife Gwyneth Paltrow (according to this article http://www.radaronline.com/exclusive...ng-los-angeles
) and that the band wouldn’t start working on another album for ‘at least another year’. However, it still remains to be seen what the future holds for these plans.
Finally, it’s time to look at some of the birthday celebrations that took place this month!
First of all, everyone’s favourite drummer Will Champion celebrated his 34th birthday at the end of July, and in usual tradition Chris led the Detroit crowd in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday on August 1st:
It was also the birthday of the ever-lovely Phil Harvey on August 29th:
And last but certainly not least, the much loved album A Rush Of Blood To The Head celebrated its 10th anniversary on August 26th!
Can anyone believe it has really been 10 years since its release?
Anyway, that’s pretty much everything that happened in August, sorry if I missed anything! Thanks for reading this and I hope you enjoy reading the rest of the reviews!