Category: Coldplay

Coldplay honors Adam Yauch with 'Fight for Your Right' cover

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Coldplay songs easily make the transition into melancholia. Maybe it's the minor keys, the comfortably soft vocals of Chris Martin or the pristine, almost sparkly clean production. Whatever the exact ingredient, even when Coldplay flashes its more energetic, anthemic side, it does so modestly, with an aw-shucks earnestness. 

So when the moment calls for an eulogy, Coldplay is as fine a choice as any. The British superstars completed a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, a day when the music community was in mourning over the loss of Beastie Boy founder Adam Yauch. Coldplay didn't let the moment go unnoticed.

The group took one of the Beastie Boys' signature songs and turned it into a piano-driven ballad. The New York trio's "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" was one of the act's earliest hits, released on the groundbreaking debut album "Licensed to Ill." In original form it's a playfully exuberant send-up of youthful rebellion. In Coldplay's hands, it is, perhaps unsurprisingly, something far more somber. 

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In a video that captured the Coldplay performance, there are cheers of recognition from the Hollywood Bowl crowd when Martin sings the opening line, but it isn't until he gets to the chorus that it becomes clear to even the most casual of Beastie Boy fans which tune Martin is singing. Coldplay disregards the original's punk rock momentum, and instead gently reshapes the song with a lulling piano melody, one slightly reminiscent of R.E.M.'s "Nightswimming," perhaps. 

It isn't until the second chorus that Martin's bandmates really join in, and the song ebbs into a finale after a glimmering guitar solo. Martin asks the crowd to sing along, but this version is more fit for a slow dance than a celebration. Nevertheless, the crowd overtakes Martin on the song's last verse, which name-checks the Beastie Boys. "We're sending all our love to the Beastie Boys," Martin adds before bringing the song home.

Coldplay also performed the song during its appearance at the KROQ Weenie Roast on Saturday -- as did the Orange County punk rockers Pennywise, though that band gave it a much more more high-energy treatment. A simple little ditty of teenage rebellion, "Fight for your Right" is proving to be one of the Beastie Boys' lasting legacies.

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Live review: KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta

Coldplay, Incubus, Soundgarden and more define a rock aesthetic.


What exactly does a rock band need -- and in what quantity -- to distinguish itself in today's exuberantly eclectic pop landscape?

Along with branded beach balls and remembrances of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, that question seemed to fill the air Saturday at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where KROQ-FM (106.7) presented its annual Weenie Roast y Fiesta. The daylong concert -- headlined by Coldplay, with performances by Incubus, the Offspring and an unannounced Soundgarden, among others -- offered several successful takes on defining a pop aesthetic, but little consensus on the matter.

Still, the Weenie Roast's variety suggested something more promising: that in "a Black Eyed Peas world," as one KROQ DJ put it, rockers are thinking hard about how to specialize their music. A big crowd response, when it occurred, seemed almost secondary to the effort involved.

PHOTOS: KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2012

The sole international act on a main stage dominated by Southern Californians, Coldplay matched that geographical distinction with a show far more elaborate than any other band's. Last week, the English group played a sold-out three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl, and to Irvine it brought a slightly pared version of that high-tech production, complete with lasers, pyrotechnics and heart-shaped confetti. And that was all during the first two songs.

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Review: Coldplay goes big at the Hollywood Bowl


At the start of “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the last song Coldplay performed at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday night, the band flicked on halos of lasers, cued a four-on-the-floor drum beat and sang about how it wanted to “turn the music up, I got my records on / I shut the world outside until the lights come on.”

For an act that crankier critics accuse of playing middlebrow post-indie-rock for Apple adverts, this was awfully ravey. The London quartet, one of the biggest bands to emerge in the 2000s, is certainly grounded in earnest guitar-and-piano emoting (with the good taste and huge budgets that afford Brian Eno as a producer).

But that move implies that it sees the rise of dance-music culture as a stakes-raising challenge (or maybe a threat to its livelihood). Tuesday’s show, the first of a three-night Bowl stand this week, proved why Coldplay is the last stadium-sized rock band left standing in contemporary pop -- a feat perhaps unrepeatable for future rockers in a laptop era.

Perhaps the one thing that sticks in craws about Coldplay is that its four sweet-tempered goofballs, who simultaneously want to play the most flagrantly moving rock music conceivable. Gawky dudes like singer Chris Martin, a “Colbert Report” fan who rolls around on stage floors mocking his own falsetto, can't possibly be serious when he calls a song “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” right?

Well, the music had better make us believe it. And that, more than celebrity marriages (Martin’s other half is Gwyneth Paltrow) or bucktoothed love ballads, is why the band is so enormous.

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Coldplay, Incubus, Silversun Pickups tapped for Weenie Roast

Those who missed out on tickets to Coldplay's three early May shows at the Hollywood Bowl will now have another chance to catch the British pop band. Coldplay will help anchor the annual day-long radio station festival in Irvine that is KROQ-FM's Weenie Roast y Fiesta. Joining Coldplay at the top of the May 5 bill at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will be Southern California rock band Incubus, which last year released its first album in five years.

Like most KROQ (106.7) festivals, the Weenie Roast largely honors bands that have long been staples on the station's airwaves, and it does so while sprinkling in a newcomer or two that seem preordained for heavy rotation. Local punk bands Pennywise and Offspring are slated to appear, as are Blink-182 off-shoot Angels & Airwaves and technologically minded alt-rock act Garbage. The latter has a pair of sold-out dates at the El Rey on April 9 and April 10.

Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups will perform in advance of its May 8 album "Neck of the Woods," and peppy, fast-rising locals Grouplove will celebrate the success of debut album "Never Trust a Happy Song." Rounding out the bill will be electro-rockers Awolnation, reggae act the Dirty Heads, dancey power-pop band Walk the Moon and anthemic, Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men. 

Those who sign up to be members of KROQ's street team mailing list will have first access to tickets Thursday at noon. Tickets will be available via and Tickets for last year's event ranged in price from $45 to $75, not including service fees. 


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-- Todd Martens

Photo: Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on  Nov. 6, 2011. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 set for March 4 in New York City

The 2012 Secret Policemans Ball event March 4 in New York City traces its lineage back to George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971The Secret Policeman’s Ball will cross the Atlantic for the first U.S. edition of the ongoing series of fundraisers for Amnesty International with a big-name comedy and music lineup set for Sunday, March 4, in New York City. The event will be carried live on the EPIX cable channel and also streamed live at

On the comedy front, the show marking Amnesty’s 50th anniversary this year will include Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen and many more, while Coldplay and Mumford & Sons will help out on the music side, connecting the two bands to a long, storied thread through pop music history.

This will be the 11th edition of the event that was born in 1976 in England, inspired in large part by George Harrison’s archetypal all-star rock music benefit, the Concert for Bangladesh, five years earlier at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

In conscious acknowledgment of that connection to the ex-Beatle, Amnesty this week is releasing a video of Evan Rachel Wood’s performance of the George Harrison-Bob Dylan song “I’d Have You Anytime” from the new “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan” four-CD set benefiting Amnesty.

Monty Python founding member John Cleese, along with journalist and publicist Martin Lewis, instigated the series that would come to be known as the Secret Policeman’s Ball, starting out exclusively with comedic talent to sell tickets from which proceeds would go to the human rights organization.

In 1979, Lewis came up with the SPB name and invited the Who’s Pete Townshend aboard to add a musical component. Townshend gave his first major solo appearance at that show, performing “Pinball Wizard” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, a performance credited by many as helping usher in the “unplugged” idea that became a hallmark of other benefit concerts and a popular series of MTV specials.

Because of Townshend’s appearance, Lewis was able to persuade other musicians to take part in subsequent shows, including Sting, Donovan, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Phil Collins and, in their first performance together, English rock guitar gods Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

Geldof and Ure became the driving forces behind the charity Band-Aid project and the “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” single generating money for African famine relief in 1984, which expanded into the Live Aid transatlantic benefit concerts the following year in London and Philadelphia. Many of those participants had met at previous Secret Policeman’s Ball shows.

Additionally, U2 singer Bono has credited the 1979 Secret Policeman’s Ball with fully igniting his desire to tap music to help others in a concrete way.

Live Aid segued into the Amnesty's 1986 Conspiracy of Hope tour that included six concerts over 10 days around the U.S. with the Police, U2, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez and the Neville Brothers.

Likewise, after taking part in 1987 in the Secret Policeman’s Third Ball in London, Gabriel (who was joined there by Geldof, Jackson Browne, Reed, David Gilmour, Kate Bush, Mark Knopfler, Chet Atkins, Duran Duran and World Party) went on to join Amnesty's Human Rights Now! tour in 1988.

That six-week tour also featured Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour on a five-continent string of 20 concerts. A quarter century later, Live 8 shows on several continents both celebrated and expanded upon the original Live Aid idea.

Springsteen, Gabriel, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Radiohead, Chapman, Alanis Morissette and Shania Twain showed up in 1998 for Amnesty’s "The Struggle Continues…" show in Paris marking the 50th anniversary of the signing in that city of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Efforts shifted last decade to benefit recordings, first with a double-CD tribute to the music of John Lennon by dozens of acts for “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur,” which has since generated more than $4 million for Amnesty, and most recently with “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan,” on which dozens more performers filled four CDs with renditions of Dylan’s music.


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-- Randy Lewis

Photo: George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan perform at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Credit: UPI.

Grammys 2012: Paul McCartney feted as MusiCares Person of the Year

Paul McCartney performs at MusiCares Person of the Year gala

This post has been updated. See the note at the bottom for details.

Is anyone surprised that Friday night’s MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Paul McCartney shattered the record for the fund-raising event, generating more than $6.5 million for the Recording Academy’s division that provides medical care and other support for musicians in need?

For the price of a ticket (2,800 people paid a minimum of $1,500 to attend), audience members got to hear McCartney perform a handful of numbers as well as a cadre of peers sing his songs, from 25-year-old pop princess Katy Perry to 85-year-old pop music institution Tony Bennett, with the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Alison Krauss, Duane Eddy, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Diana Krall and Sergio Mendes joining them.

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The entertainment started with a presentation by what appeared to be the full Cirque du Soleil cast of the Beatles “Love” show in Las Vegas, after which McCartney and his regular touring band appeared and started the live music with his Wings-era single “Junior’s Farm.”

The Foo Fighters took on “Jet,” Keys sang “Blackbird,” Krauss handled “No More Lonely Nights,” Bennett and his combo turned “Here, There and Everywhere” into a swinging jazz tune, Eddy brought his deep twang guitar to “And I Love Her,” Jones took “Oh! Darling,” Perry sang “Hey Jude,” Young bashed through “I Saw Her Standing There,” Mendes emphasized the Latin groove in “The Fool on the Hill,” Coldplay did “We Can Work It Out,” Krall sang “For No One” and Taylor crooned “Yesterday.”

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Coldplay to play benefit show at Club Nokia

ColdplayColdplay will perform a special concert at Club Nokia next month to benefit two Los Angeles-based youth charities, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment -- which is presenting the show along with iHeartRadio,   KIIS-FM, KYSR-FM and KBIG-FM -- announced Tuesday.

The Grammy award-winning pop-rockers, who have been vocal about their passion for activism and charity work, have paired with iHeartRadio for the Feb. 8 show. Proceeds from the tickets will go to A Place Called Home and Youth Mentoring Connection. News of the benefit was announced Tuesday.

"It's a special scenario for the Los Angeles radio stations and iHeartRadio to have an opportunity to collaborate with Coldplay to support the work of two great local organizations that directly impact the L.A. community," John Ivey, senior vice president of programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, said in a statement.  "Coldplay in this intimate setting will be an amazing experience for the audience, plus concert-goers will be helping support L.A.'s at-risk youth."

Tickets go on sale to KIIS-FM, KYSR-FM and KBIG-FM club members on Thursday at 10 a.m. and to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. 


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on  Nov. 6, 2011. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

Coldplay unveils North American tour with 2 Hollywood Bowl dates

Chris Martin of Coldplay
Coldplay is coming to North America for its first tour in the States in nearly three years. And the band will  play two shows in L.A. at the Hollywood Bowl on May 1 and 2.

The tour is in support of Coldplay's latest album, "Mylo Xyloto," which earned three Grammy nominations last week -- for rock performance and rock song for "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" and for pop duo/group performance for "Paradise."

L.A. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts panned the album on its release in October, saying it "sees the most appealingly unoriginal band of the ’00s continuing on its path of least resistance."

But for fans, the tour kicks off April 17 in Edmonton, Canada, and the band will be giving a hint of what they can expect during its live New Year's Eve special for "Austin City Limits." The 90-minute "Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special" will air on PBS stations and on PBS' website at 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Tickets for the first set of shows go on sale Dec. 17, it was announced Thursday, but tickets to the Hollywood Bowl shows won't go on sale until Jan. 9.


Album review: Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'

Coldplay debuts its new single 'Paradise'

Last night: Coldplay covers Amy Winehouse at L.A. Tennis Center

-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Chris Martin of Coldplay during a performance in Scotland. Credit: Danny Lawson / Associated Press

Album review: Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'

Album review: Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'
This post has been updated. See below for details.

It can’t be easy being Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin, with so many critics working overtime to justify their contempt, picking apart his band’s words not for enjoyment but in a search for the cheesiest mixed metaphors, listening to melodies not for pleasure but to uncover the most obvious borrowed musical idea — “U.F.O.” sounds way too much like Big Star’s “Try Again,” for example — scouring every Hallmark-ian reference to nature, time passing and the struggles of life in a never-ending search for a chink in his (elegantly casual) armor.

It’s not going to get any easier for Martin and the rest of Coldplay after “Mylo Xyloto,” Album No. 5, which sees the most appealingly unoriginal band of the ’00s continuing on its path of least resistance by offering vague, neutral opening lines such as “Once upon a time somebody ran away.” That’s the first lyric of “Princess of China,” a song about fading love with telegraphed rhymes (“Once upon a time we burned bright/ Now all we ever seem to do is fight”) that read bland on the page and are rendered tiny and inconsequential when coupled with the heavily produced beat that surrounds them.

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Tom Petty & Heartbreakers add second show for KCSN-FM benefit* (Updated)

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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will play a second small-scale show this weekend at a 500-seat theater in Northridge as a benefit for public radio station KCSN-FM (88.5).

“The reaction has been insane,” KCSN program director Sky Daniels told Pop & Hiss over the weekend, referring to the initial Oct. 29 show Petty and the band announced last week as a fundraiser during the station’s fall pledge drive. Pairs of tickets were being offered to callers who pledged $150 or more during random “cue to call” announcements on the air. “30 callers for every pair [from] all over the globe," Daniels wrote in an e-mail. "People are pledging from Norway, Canada, Boston, Orlando, etc. -- all willing to fly here to see Tom in this small setting.”

Update Oct. 25 at 12:37 p.m: An earlier version of this post gave the date of the first Tom Petty show as Oct. 28. It is Saturday, Oct. 29.

The second show will take place Oct. 30 in the 500-seat Performance Theater at Cal State Northridge. Tickets for the second show were largely distributed over the weekend during additional “cue to call” announcements, but orchestra pit tickets will continue to be available via an auction  running through 5 p.m. Tuesday on the station’s website.

“For them to selflessly want to perform this show speaks volumes for their love of music, and their willingness to support KCSN's effort to build a radio station devoted to breaking new artists, supporting local artists and respecting great legacy artists,” Daniels said in a statement. “Tom and the Heartbreakers recognized the overwhelming demand and wanted to give more fans a chance to see them in this intimate hall, as well as help KCSN and public radio."

In addition to the Petty concerts, KCSN's pledge drive is auctioning off autographed guitars signed by superstar acts including U2, Mick Jagger, Coldplay, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge.


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-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Tom Petty during a 2008 performance with the Heartbreakers at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Los Angeles Times. 


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