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Green Day … more dad rock than punk rock

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Fifteen years ago it was common to see parents standing outside Green Day concerts, likely oblivious to the mosh pits their little horrors were stirring up inside as they patiently waited to drive them home afterwards. These days, plenty of parents can be found inside the venues, excitedly dragging along their possibly embarrassed tykes for what may be their first concert.

And those rabid youngsters who propelled the punk-rock trio to their first brush with massive success? They still form Green Day’s core fan base. But the mosh pits and crowd-surfing are largely a thing of the past. After all, the scratches and bruises might be hard to explain to your workmates at the downtown accounting firm the next day.

greenday11Green Day don’t seem to have aged too much since they achieved mainstream fame with their 1994 album “Dookie.” Sure, singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt, both 37, no longer lob gobs of spit into each other’s mouths, and 36-year-old drummer Tre Cool has become quite rotund. But their energy level never flagged during a 2-3/4-hour concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the final North American stop of their world tour.

“This is a rock ‘n’ roll show, not a f—in’ tea party,” Armstrong exhorted the sold-out crowd at one point. “You listen to Coldplay on your own f—in’ time.”

Coldplay’s Chris Martin battles giant squirrel

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Yes, you read it right.martin

Coldplay have made a short film to accompany their single “Strawberry Swing” that will be shown in UK cinemas from July 22 as a “supporting act” to Sacha Baron Cohen’s mockumentary “Bruno,” as well as to romance “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock. In it, frontman Chris Martin, dressed as an old-style superhero, battles a giant squirrel, whch is drawn entirely in chalk.

You can catch a brief trailer now.squuirrel

The song will be released as a digital download on Sept. 14 and the short film will be “commercially available” on Aug. 3, according to the band’s record label. It has its premiere on July 20 on www.babelgum.com.

Coldplay in greatest encore ever?

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coldplay2Coldplay may have performed one of the greatest ever encores, or so says the charity which benefitted from the English rockers’ largesse last night.

The band performed at a double bill with the Killers late on Wednesday/early on Thursday at a gig following the BRITs music awards in London. While the BRITs was, to put it politely, a somewhat staid affair, the concert was much more rock’n'roll. The Killers stormed through a 45-minute set and the rowdy crowd of 2,000 loved every note. One downer was the nearly hour-long wait for Coldplay, which sucked some of the goodwill out of the air.

Adele shows cleaner side of Brit female pop

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Just one year after a skeletel and skittish Amy Winehouse was the main Grammys attraction (via satellite after getting out of rehab), Adele showed a cleaner, healthier and more confident side of British female pop singers at this year’s awards.

Grammy weekend kicks off with Neil Diamond tribute

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neil3Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Jennifer Hudson were among the pop stars paying tribute to Neil Diamond Friday night in Los Angeles to kick off Grammy weekend charity event, MusicCares Person of the Year.

The celebrity-studded gathering of 2,200 people at the L.A. Convention Center honored Diamond, 68, for his philanthropy, including large donations to relief efforts for Texas areas ravaged by Hurricane Ike.

Will all music one day be free?

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prince.jpgOK, they may not be Prince in terms of their importance and popularity, but youthful band McFly are a pretty big deal in Britain, boasting seven number one singles and two chart-topping albums. So when they announce they will be giving their new album away for free with a Sunday newspaper, perhaps they should not be ignored.

The band is following Prince’s lead to the letter. The U.S. star also issued an album free with the Mail on Sunday last year in a move that enraged retailers and record labels, for obvious reasons, but which was seen as a commercial success when the tour he was promoting sold well.

Coldplay vs Creaky Boards in copycat claim

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coldplay1.jpgThe little-known Creaky Boards just became a little less little known thanks to an accusation of copying against mega-band Coldplay via a Youtube posting.

The video cuts snippets from the Boards’ song “The Songs I Didn’t Write” (oh, the glorious irony of it all) with clips from Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, the title track from the group’s new album which is selling fast in the UK. The posting even claims the band thought they spotted Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin in the crowd at a gig last year when they performed the song, hence making the link between the two.

Rock “geeks” Coldplay back on stage and in form

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coldplay.jpgChris Martin seems like the antithesis of a rock ‘n’ roll superstar, and therein lies his charm. On stage and in interviews, well some at least, he comes across as a thoroughly nice chap, self-depricating about his and his band’s achievements. Even when he walks out of interviews, it is more of a quiet strop than a storm of swear words and flying instruments.

Coldplay’s lead singer, more famous than he otherwise would be due to his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow, is ultra-sensitive about how he, his band and their music are viewed, although on the strength of the reviews of their warm-up tour gig at Brixton Academy in London on Monday night, he need not worry.

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