Snow Patrol Rides Live 8 Momentum, Polishes New Tunes
Scottish/Irish rock act Snow Patrol is among the acts performing tonight at the last of the 10 Live 8 shows in Edinburgh, having already appeared at the London edition of the event on Saturday.Scottish/Irish rock act Snow Patrol is among the acts performing tonight (July 6) at the last of the 10 Live 8 shows in Edinburgh, having already appeared at the London edition of the event on Saturday. Drummer Johnny Quinn tells Billboard.com tonight's show is "the way to keep the momentum and pressure up on [world] leaders" as they meet this week in Gleneagles, Scotland.
The concert, billed as "Edinburgh 50,000: The Final Push," also stars James Brown, the Corrs, Annie Lennox, Texas, Travis, Jamie Cullum and many others. It will also feature performances by original Live Aid organizers Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, the Irish figurehead fresh from Saturday's all-star spectacular at Hyde Park in London.
Geldof will reprise the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays," as he did on Saturday, while Ure is collaborating with English songwriter/producer Guy Chambers. The latter will also back U.K. soul star Beverley Knight, while Cullum is set to perform the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" as well as a duet with Natasha Bedingfield. Also on the bill are Sugababes, the Proclaimers, Wet Wet Wet, McFly, the Thrills, Feeder, Embrace, Youssou N'Dour, Neneh Cherry, Ronan Keating and classical singer Katherine Jenkins.
Quinn describes performing at the Hyde Park show as "incredible. Backstage, within two feet to the left or right of you, you had the Hilton sisters, Posh [Spice] and [David Beckham], Slash and Mariah Carey using the same 'loo' as everyone else. Egos were relaxed, it was a powerful day."
After the Edinburgh show, Snow Patrol continues its European support slot with U2 tomorrow at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Work also continues on material for the band's next album, which should be out sometime next year via Polydor.
"There's one song that will definitely be on it called 'Chasing Cars,' but [lead singer] Gary [Lightbody] has written four songs that are definite contenders," Quinn says. "We'll probably do 50 or 60 songs for it, and record at the start of October."
Snow Patrol's 2003 breakthrough, "Final Straw," has been certified triple platinum for U.K. shipments of 900,000 units. It's in its 65th week on the U.K. album chart, where this week it climbed 33-30, and may be in line for a return to the top 20 with the momentum of the Live 8 shows.