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Coldplay Roadie #42

Coldplay Roadie #42: travelling the world with Coldplay, and then blogging about it

Roadie #42, a key member of Coldplay's crew, has been blogging for the official Coldplay website for many years, giving the inside view as the multi-platinum band tour the world and work in the studio. As well as being a sharp and incisive writer, #42 takes a great picture and makes a mean video. He also enjoys a nice cup of tea. With the band's hotly-anticipated fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, out in October, Roadie #42 will now also be posting his blogs here on the Huffington Post. Join him for the ride as Coldplay circumnavigate the planet, taking their award-winning music to the masses.

The BRITs and Noel Gallagher's Guitar Pedal...

New Year's Day is often referred to as "guaranteed first hangover of the year". For the British music industry, I'd hazard a guess that the day after the BRIT Awards sees a hilariously impressive spike in the number of email accounts set to auto-respond with "I'm not in the office today".
28/02/2012 13:43 GMT

A View From the Grammys

They’re a funny thing, awards shows. I guess then, that if Glastonbury is the "Beatles of festivals" as CM once quipped, then the Grammys is pretty much the toppermost of the poppermost when it comes to awards shows - and hence the funniest of funny things.
26/02/2012 23:04 GMT

Paris, Cologne and an Unexpectedly Flashing Wristband...

What a difference a few weeks can make. We had shows in Paris and Cologne during the album launch period. We're back in those same two cities now and we've reached the light at the end of the tunnel that got us through the past six months or so of promo chaos. Yes, we're finally just doing gigs.
01/01/2012 23:48 GMT

The Shoot for the Next Video

Following the directions from the car park to the video shoot location, I pass the pub that's noted on the map. I look in the windows to see if there's anyone I recognise in there. The pub is completely awash with folks covered in luminous paint. Clearly I’m getting close
22/12/2011 21:56 GMT

Homecoming Shows and X Factor

It's becoming difficult to keep up with just how many high points keep popping up through this campaign. It really is shaping up to be quite a ride.
19/12/2011 22:28 GMT

Coldplay's Arena Tour Begins...

At its worst, tour production can be about a designer building a monument to themselves and putting the band somewhere within it. By working with the right people, these guys have thankfully avoided that throughout their career. Now they're at the height of making the show about the crowd. Quite who has the best seat in the house is now entirely debatable.
13/12/2011 22:37 GMT

Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Gig Production Rehearsals

The Rock Im Park festival was the first gig we did with these songs. That was on 3 June - exactly six months ago to the day, come to think of it. I've worked for bands whose entire album campaign lasted less than six months and that was our round of promo to warm up and get us underway...
11/12/2011 23:51 GMT

Chris & Jonny's Acoustic Show

Chris and Jonny have decided not to soundcheck. As we give things a quick once over, it turns out to be a pretty good thing, really. The huge, curved high ceiling makes for a pretty good echo chamber and there's little you can do but raise your eyebrows and say it'll sound completely different when the punters are in - and perhaps pray that it's true
01/12/2011 11:02 GMT

A Tiny Coldplay Gig in a Tiny Venue With Tiny Doors

Today's show is a radio thing for KROQ, who have been behind Coldplay here in the States since the very word go. The band are playing in a tiny black box room with a crowd that Chris points out is smaller than at their first ever show
22/10/2011 00:16 BST

Coldplay Spotted in Elephant Heads

A few days after the Cape Town stadium, which was literally at sea level, we pull into the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and are reminded by stage manager Gary Currier that we're 1,700 metres above sea level. This means thin air, which in turn means it's very easy to get out of breath. Still - at least we're moving up in the world...
13/10/2011 23:53 BST

Coldplay's Amazing African Debut

The crowd are truly astonishing. This fires the band up and the cycle continues. During a brief breather to chat to the audience, Chris thanks them all for turning up and apologises for taking 12 years to make it to South Africa.
11/10/2011 23:59 BST

From Rock in Rio to a Buenos Aires pool

People generally believe that touring's all exotic travel and flash hotels. Like a long luxury holiday with a few gigs thrown in. The reality is somewhat more grubby and demanding, which makes the days where it actually *is* like that all the more surprising.
06/10/2011 01:18 BST