<A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001022606">As first reported here</A> in August, Coldplay will return to North America for a spring 2006 tour, beginnin

As first reported here in August, Coldplay will return to North America for a spring 2006 tour, beginning Jan. 25 in Vancouver. Set to run through early April, the trek was gradually unveiled on the Web site Talkthetour.com, where a new show was confirmed for every 33,000 hits.

Fiona Apple (Jan. 25-March 5) and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft (March 20-April 6) will split time as the support acts for the tour; Ashcroft opened for Coldplay in Europe this summer and joined the band to perform the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" during the London segment of the Live 8 concerts.

Fans who register with Talkthetour.com will have the opportunity to win a phone call from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, front row seats to a show and tickets to the 2006 Grammys.

The shows will be in support of Coldplay's third Capitol album, "X&Y," which debuted in May at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.3 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The band proved a major draw in North America this summer, grossing more than $23 million from 34 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore, including 16 sell-outs.

Coldplay is in the midst of a European jaunt that hits Leipzig, Germany, tonight (Nov. 9) and concludes Dec. 21 in Belfast. Also on tap is a two-song performance Dec. 7 on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." After the North American tour next year, the band has scheduled 10 shows in Australia in June and July.

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