‘MURDER’ HE WROTE

A sell-out crowd in Aberdeen sees Chris Martin in full voice again...

COLDPLAY kicked off their sell-out UK tour at ABERDEEN MUSIC HALL last night (April 23), introducing three brand new songs to their set.

Singer Chris Martin, seemingly back in full voice after the throat problems which dogged their American dates earlier this year, donned an electric guitar “for the first time in living memory in Scotland,” for ‘Murder’, the first new song in the set.

The other new songs included ‘God Put A Smile Upon Your Face’, which had the audience jumping, and ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, which mirrored the tried and tested Coldplay formula . The band also played as-yet unrecorded songs ‘Animals’, which opened the set, and ‘In My Place’, which they have played out live before.

Speaking from the stage, Martin said: “We’ll be back here in 20 years time, when every song will have been a Number One single,” and two songs further into the set, following ‘Don’t Panic’, threw his acoustic guitar into the crowd, prompting a wrestle between crowd and roadies, with the crowd finally claiming ownership.

The band returned for the two-song encore with a cover version of ‘You Only Live Twice’ and closed the set with a haunting solo acoustic rendition of ‘Parachutes’ by Martin.

The band continue their UK dates at Edinburgh Corn Exchange tonight (April 24), Manchester Apollo (26, 27) and wind up at London Brixton Academy (29, 30), before heading to Europe.