McGEE SPURNS COLDPLAY FOR “REAL” LOVE

The Poptones label boss also reveals the truth about him and Courtney Love...

ALAN McGEE has made another stinging, personal attack on MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE nominees Coldplay, describing them as “twats” and “careerists”.

Speaking in the current issue of the Melody Maker, published nationwide today (August 16), McGee played down industry rumours that he was to sign Hole to his new label Poptones – after he had been spotted with Courtney Love around London in recent weeks.

Speaking about Love, he said: “She’s about real punk rock, she’s what it’s all about, not like those twats in Coldplay. Coldplay are like something from an ice-cream advert, just complete careerists. They might as well be saying ‘Bend me over the desk and fuck me up the arse.’ It’s pathetic.”

McGee‘s comments come only days after the former Creation Records boss called the band “bedwetters’ music” and “Jeff Buckley-lite, the band you’re supposed to like if you’re a student” in an article in UK newspaper The Guardian (July 28).

Speaking previously to nme.com about McGee‘s comments, frontman Chris Martin said that he doesn’t “give a shit what he (McGee) has to say. It doesn’t matter”, while guitarist Jon Buckland added: “We are trying to be who we are, but that’s about it. Pretending to be ‘A bit mad’ would just be sad.”

Today, a spokesperson for the band told nme.com that the band would just “shrug it off” and continue doing their own thing.

Coldplay, whose debut album ‘Parachutes’ went straight to number one this month on its release and which remains favourite to win this year’s Mercury Music Prize on September 12, have announced details of a UK tour. The band are confirmed to play: Cambridge Junction (October 2) Oxford Brookes University (3) Leicester De Montfort University (4) Liverpool Royal Court (6) Belfast Ulster Hall (8) Dublin Olympia (9) Glasgow Barrowlands (10) Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (11) Newcastle University (12) Sheffield Leadmill (14) Manchester University (15) Leeds Met University (16) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (18) Bristol Anson Rooms (19) Portsmouth Pyramids (20) London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (22-23) Cardiff University (25)

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The band are also confirmed to play on the second stage at this weekend’s V2000 festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Stafford (August 19-20).