British rockers Coldplay are headed to South America to road test tracks from their 4th studio album still in the making. Even more surprising is the venues they’ve chosen. Instead of large arenas and huge crowds the band has selected more intimate venues. According to the band’s website, they personally chose South America because their 2003 trip was such a pleasant one.
Coldplay still has some studio work to do before their first dates in Chile begin in the middle of February. Are we witnessing a new trend in rock? Will more bands leave their comfort zones to road test new material in small venues on other continents? Long time Long Islander Billy Joel just wrapped up some Australia gigs. Dave Matthews will be headed to the United Kingdom for some solo work. U2, well, Bono is everywhere seemingly all the time so he doesn’t count. But perhaps this global movement will gain some momentum.
Coldplay dates are as follows and tickets for these shows will be available soon:
Santiago, Chile (Espacio Riesco)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Gran Rex)
Sao Paulo, Brazil Via February 26
Mexico City, Mexico (National Auditorium)