COLDPLAY BACK IN ACTION

The band preview new album a day early in Los Angeles...

COLDPLAY have made a sensational live return at a secret show in LOS ANGELES, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The band are currently on the west coast of America and are scheduled to play at the Universal Amphitheatre this weekend for radio station KCRW.

However, last night (March 11) the group played a warm up at the nearby Troubadour nightclub – which holds in the region of 400 people.

It was the first time members of the public have been able to hear songs from the group’s forthcoming album ’X&Y’, which is due in June.

During the 60 minute set, the band played four new songs, including opener ‘Square One’, ‘White Shadows’, and piano ballad ‘What If’.

They also played a host of their biggest chart hits including ‘In My Place’ and ‘Clocks’, ending with a crowd singalong of ‘Yellow’.

At the start of the gig the band looked nervous, but by second song ‘In My Place’ all four members were grinning at each other and looked glad to be back.

Singer Chris Martin said: “Well, here we are once again. We can’t quite believe we’re back and playing a concert, and that some of you waited since about February.”

Martin was referring to the fact that although tickets for the gig were made available at 5pm from the venue on the day, the news leaked, meaning some fans were at the venue, waiting outside in the California sunshine from 8.30am to ensure their place.

The show comes as the band ease themselves into playing again after a recording break of about 18 months. Last week the group did an open rehearsal for 40 friends and fans, and are also planning a top secret club gig in the UK in June to precede their massive arena dates.

The setlist ran:

’Square One’

’In My Place’

’White Shadows’

’The Scientist’

’Daylight’

’Sparks’

’A Message’

’Clocks’

’What If’

’Politik’

’Yellow’

For the full report on both shows including more details on the gigs and

backstage gossip, see this week’s NME which is out Tuesday in London and nationwide the following day.