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Coldplay unveils North American tour with 2 Hollywood Bowl dates

December 8, 2011 |  9:53 am

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