Chart-topping titan Coldplay will start the next leg of its North American tour earlier than expected with a 24-city spring jaunt. The trek kicks...

Chart-topping titan Coldplay will start the next leg of its North American tour earlier than expected with a 24-city spring jaunt. The trek kicks off May 15 at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL, and wraps temporarily on June 20 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC.

Highlights for the spring outing include a May 17 gig at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, a May 26 event at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ, a June 6 concert at Sommet Center in Nashville, TN, and a June 15 show at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB, among other dates. Ticket sales for select dates begin over the next two weekends.

Coldplay previously announced a brief summer 2009 tour leg that will hit more than 10 markets across the U.S. and Canada. That leg of the outing picks up July 10 at the Amphitheater at Clark County in Ridgefield, WA, and closes August 9 at Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL.

In between the spring and summer North American jaunts, the band is scheduled to perform a few European music festivals, followed by a larger European venture running through late summer. Coldplay is currently on a month-long trek of the Asia-Pacific region, with upcoming stops in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and China.

The Grammy Award-winning band is continuing to tour behind its fourth studio album “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends,” released in June 2008. The chart-topping record earned the title of Best Rock Album during the February 8 Grammy Awards ceremony, while the hit single “Viva La Vida” raked in honors for Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

In addition to all its jet-setting, Coldplay has also been spending some time in the studio, though drummer Will Champion noted that a follow-up to “Viva La Vida” isn’t in the immediate future.

“It’s a very strange time for the way people listen to music. It’s getting more and more fragmented, with people buying single songs rather than albums,” he noted in an interview on the band’s Web site. “In many ways, it’s going back to the way it was originally, where people would release singles and then an album was a collection of singles.”

Champion added, “We want to do something totally revolutionary, that hasn’t been done before. We’re writing with a view towards that. But what that is, we don’t yet know.”


Coldplay itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

May 15 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 18 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
May 20 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
May 21 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
May 23 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater
May 24 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
May 26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
May 27 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
May 29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
May 30 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
June 1 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 2 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
June 5 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 6 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
June 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
June 10 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 12 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
June 13 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
June 15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
June 17 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
June 18 Edmonton, AB Northlands AgriCom Arena
June 20 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
July 10 Ridgefield, WA The Amphitheater at Clark County
July 11 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
July 13 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 14 Wheatland, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 16 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 18 Carson, CA The Home Depot Center
July 21 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
July 22 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
July 25 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
August 3 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
August 6 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
August 7 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 9 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre