Coldplay Taps Pete Yorn For Tour Opener
Coldplay Taps Pete Yorn For Tour Opener

Coldplay has chosen Pete Yorn to open for the band on more than a dozen dates of its spring tour.

As previously reported, Yorn is returns to active duty on June 23 with the release of his Mike Mogis-produced "Back and Fourth," his first album since 2006's 'Nightcrawler." Yorn is expected to highlight songs from "Back and Fourth" on the Coldplay dates.

Yorn radically revamped his creative process for the new album. For "Back and Fourth's" intensely personal 10 tracks, he wrote lyrics first then spent two months in 2008 recording the album on Mogis' home turf in Omaha, Neb., rather than in Los Angeles. After playing most of the instruments himself on his previous releases, Yorn worked with a well-credentialed group of musicians that included drummer Joey Waronker (Beck), guitarist Jonny Polonsky, pianist and arranger Nate Wolcott (Bright Eyes, The Faint, Rilo Kiley), bassist Joe Karnes (John Cale) and backing vocalist Orenda Fink (Azure Ray).

"As much as it was what I wanted to do, it was definitely hard on me," Yorn tells Billboard.com about working with a band for the first time. "I'm so used to doing it all myself, it's definitely a challenge for me to let go and let people bring their stuff to the table. But these were all musicians I definitely have a lot of respect for, and they played some things I don't think I would have thought of myself, so that was good."

Coldplay and Pete Yorn tour dates:

May 15: West Palm Beach, FL (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
May 17: Atlanta, GA (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
May 18: Birmingham, AL (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Birmingham)
May 20: Virginia Beach, VA (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre)
May 21: Washington, DC (Nissan Pavilion)
May 23: Hartford, CT (Meadows Music Theater)
May 24: Hershey, PA (Hershey Stadium)
May 26: Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Center)
May 27: Saratoga Springs, NY (SPAC)
May 30: Pittsburgh, PA (Post Gazette Pavilion)
June 1: Buffalo, NY (Darien Lakes)
June 2: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
June 4: Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center)

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