Coldplay Drafts Apple, Ashcroft For 2006 Tour
As first reported here in August, Coldplay will return to North America for a spring 2006 tour, beginning Jan. 25 in Vancouver.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.
Here are Coldplay's North American tour dates:
Jan. 25: Seattle (Key Arena)
Jan. 26: Vancouver (GM Place)
Jan. 30: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Jan. 31: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
Feb. 1: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
Feb. 3: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Feb. 19: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Feb. 20: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
Feb. 22: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Feb. 23: Louisville (Freedom Hall)
Feb. 25: Houston (Toyota Center)
Feb. 26: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Feb. 27: Oklahoma City (Ford Center)
March 2: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
March 4: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Center)
March 5: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Pavilion)
March 20: Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)
March 22: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
March 25: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
March 26: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
March 30: Chicago (United Center)
April 3: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
April 4: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
April 6: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)