Chris Martin will lead Grammy nominated band Coldplay across the U.S. later this year for a reprise of the widely popular Viva La Vida...

Chris Martin will lead Grammy nominated band Coldplay across the U.S. later this year for a reprise of the widely popular Viva La Vida Tour of summer 2008. The new 14-city run picks up July 10 at The Amphitheater at Clark County in Portland, OR, wrapping on August 9 at Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL.

The outing is primarily booked for amphitheaters on the nation’s East and West coasts. The jaunt includes a July 13 performance at Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco, CA, a July 22 set at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston, TX. And an August 3 concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. A single show is slated for Canada on July 29 in Toronto, ON, but the venue has not been announced.

Public onsales for the new leg of dates begin February 13 and 14, followed by a few additional sales on February 21. Primary ticketing for the tour will be handled by Live Nation, which has been in the news this week because of a speculated merger with Ticketmaster Entertainment.

Coldplay is touring behind its fourth studio album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” which was released in June 2008. The album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, was certified double Platinum in late October, and has earned several Grammy nominations for the band.

Despite its critical and commercial success, the album and its hit single “Viva La Vida” came under fire when musician Joe Satriani accused the band of copying “substantial original portions” from his instrumental song “If I Could Fly.” Coldplay denied the accusation, noting that similarities in melody were surprising but unintentional.

“If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him,” the band said in a statement on their Web site. “Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song ‘Viva La Vida.’ We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.”

Coldplay will perform at the 51st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8. According to published reports, the band is working on a fifth studio album and aiming for a late 2009 release.


Coldplay itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

July 10 Portland, OR The Amphitheater at Clark County
July 11 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 13 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 16 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 18 Carson, CA Home Depot Center
July 21 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
July 22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 25 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 29 Toronto, ON Venue TBA
August 3 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
August 6 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
August 7 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 9 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre