Published: Sat, November 23, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Coldplay axes tour plans over pollution fears

Coldplay axes tour plans over pollution fears

The tour revelation comes weeks after the band announced their new double album by sending typewritten notes to some of the group's biggest fans.

Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin said in a new interview that the British band decided not to tour this year because they want to "have a positive impact" on the environment before moving forward. Additionally, they will be celebrating the album's release with two shows in Jordan, the entirety of which will be livestreamed on YouTube.

It has never been hard to make fun of Coldplay's whole big-gesture sincerity thing, but bands on their level really do make massive productions out of their tours.

Coldplay last traveled the world in 2016 and 2017 during the "A Head Full of Dreams" tour. "We would be disappointed if it's not carbon neutral", Martin added. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar-powered.

"Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally", Martin exclaimed.

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It comes after the band revealed the tracks of Everyday Life in the classified adverts of their local newspapers. The experiments keep on coming: "When I Need a Friend" is a classical choral piece that sounds like it should be a Christmas hymn, while Sunset opener "Guns" is a clumsy Bob Dylan knockoff that nebulously addresses gun control, but stops short of actually saying much beyond "we live a society".

Coldplay joins other popular artists including Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam and Adele who are seeking to lessen the impact of their travel as scientists warn that climate change is a growing global emergency.

Another UK pop band, The 1975, has had the innovative idea of not selling any more new merchandise, but rather "screen-printing a new design over old merchandise stock".

You might not get to see Coldplay live for a while.

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