BY JOVI! IT’S COLDPLAY

Coldplay woo the ladies of Canada and get set to storm the US...

Fresh from their success at this year’s NME Carling Awards, COLDPLAY launched their first North American tour with back-to-back sold out shows in

VANCOUVER (Thursday February 8), SEATTLE (February 9) and Portland (February 10) at the weekend.

The UK quartet – whose latest single ‘Yellow’ is currently getting heavy airplay on modern rock radio stations throughout the US and Canada – kicked off with a full to capacity show at Vancouver Commodore Ballroom.

During the hour-long show singer Chris Martin, obviously pleased with the sell-out crowd, regularly joked with the audience and dedicated ‘Shiver’ from the

band’s Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘Parachutes’ to “Celine Dion, Alanis Morrisette and all the sexy Canadian women out there.”

The concert was broadcast live over the internet by House Of Blues and will be repeated on February 27. (For the schedule visit www.hob.com)

Martin was equally upbeat when the band performed the following night at The Showbox in Seattle, entertaining the crowd with jokes about the movie ‘Sleepless In Seattle’, hanging out with Pearl Jam before adding: “We’re not as great as Bon Jovi yet but we will be.”

The band has been hotly tipped to make quite an impression stateside and, with a string of sellout shows behind them has already proved more

successful than the Stereophonics and Charlatans who had difficulty selling out the same venues on a joint headlining tour last year.

Coldplay continue their tour with a sold out show at San Francisco’s

historic Fillmore tonight (Monday) and then make stops in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto before rounding it off with a perfomance at Miami Hard Rock Cafe on February 23 as part of the Gavin Radio Convention.