Coldplay Holding Off on Touring New Album for a Very Righteous Reason

Tim Saccenti
Coldplay

Coldplay have a very good reason for not touring in support of their upcoming double-album Everyday Life: the Earth. In an interview with BBC Newssinger Chris Martin explained that the band will not mount one of their typical world-trotting tours out of concern for the environment. "We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial," said Martin. 

"All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job," he added, explaining that the band are attempting to make sure all their future tours have a "positive impact." Everyday is out on Friday (Nov. 22) and the band will celebrate its release with a speical show in Amman, Jordan that will be streamed on YouTube Originals.

In advance of that show, the band also dropped two new songs, "Daddy" and "Champion of the World." Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams tour jumped to No. 3 on the list of highest-grossing tours of all time in 2018 after grossing $523 million over a year and a half trek across the globe during which they sold 5.4 million tickets across five continents at 114 sold-out performances in 83 venues.

In a statement sent to Billboard about the band's decision to reassess touring, Coldplay manager Dave Holmes added: “As Chris has said, we have become increasingly mindful of our touring’s impact on the planet. We started making significant plans to improve this scenario while we were still on the road in 2017. For the last couple of years, we’ve been meeting with environmental organizations and charities with the ultimate goal of making our touring footprint carbon neutral. These plans factor in the footprint generated by our fans’ travel requirements -- which we hope to reduce through subsidized public transport and ride-sharing schemes. We also plan to invest in environmental projects that go well beyond carbon offsetting”


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