COLDPLAY have rescheduled Friday’s (February 16) aborted NEW YORK gig, which as revealed by NME.COM was cut short after only two songs when singer CHRIS MARTIN’s voice gave out.
The band’s sold-out US has been attracting a lot of attention Stateside, and the Irving Plaza gig had been highly anticipated, with touts outside the venue selling tickets for several times their face value, some changing hands for up to #120.
Going on later than scheduled, the band’s tour manager announced that, despite being advised by doctors not to perform, they would be playing a foreshortened set due to Martin’s illness, and the audience would be given tickets for a show at the larger Roseland Ballroom on April 9.
The singer audibly struggled through set-opener ‘Trouble’, through which he remained seated, and apologised profusely, saying: “I just can’t do it.”
Martin invited a girl from the audience to join him on stage to help sing current US single ‘Yellow’, while the audience all-but drowned her out singing along. However his voice gave out completely and the band left the stage, highly apologetic.
Several fans at the gig said they were disappointed, complaining about having to queue in a very crowded venue for replacment tickets to the April gig, and missing the opportunity of seeing the NME Award winners play a full set in an intimate venue.
One, who had travelled from North Carolina, was in tears as he would be unable to return for the rescheduled gig.
Later that night, Coldplay were featured on the ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien’ TV show in the US, performing ‘Yellow’, but one viewer reported that Martin was “visibly uncomfortable” and strained to hit the higher notes, but was congratulated by O’Brien for having made the performance.
Their scheduled next gig at Boston Avalon last night (February 17) was cancelled, and is also expected to be rescheduled. It is not yet known whether they will appear tomorrow (February 19) at Chicago Riviera Theatre or Toronto Warehouse on Tuesday. NME.COM will bring more details as we get it.
Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1 is to broadcast a documentary about the band’s rise to succcess tomorrow (Monday, February 19) at 11pm GMT.