Entries tagged with: Coldplay
With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations. If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. 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.
"I felt like a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much," Satriani says. "The second I heard it, I knew it was [my own] If I Could Fly."So now Joe is suing. Watch a video comparison of the songs in question HERE. Watch a video comparing Satriani's guitar solos to Kirk Hammett's below...
As it turned out, Satriani wasn't the only one who noticed the similarity between If I Could Fly and Viva La Vida.
"Almost immediately, from the minute their song came out, my e-mail box flooded with people going, 'Have you heard this song by Coldplay? They ripped you off man.' I mean, I couldn't tell you how many e-mails I received.
"Everybody noticed the similarities between the songs. It's pretty obvious. It's as simple as that - when you listen to a song and you say, 'Wow, that's a real rip-off.'"
What makes the situation especially painful for Satriani is that If I Could Fly isn't just any song. It's a composition he'd been laboring over for well over 10 years before he recorded it.
"I started writing it on the Flying In A Blue Dream tour back in 1990. But because of the way I write, sometimes songs take a while, as this one did. In 2003 I started demoing it in earnest. I played it on the acoustic guitar on a demo so I could sing the melody, then I demoed it on electric to get the sound. And the performance turned out to be so spontaneous, so right and so emotional, that it wound up being a keeper."
..."That was the intent all along," he says. "It was a love letter to my wife, Rubina - a simple, direct expression of feeling.
"That's what really hurts about this whole thing. That I spent so long writing the song, thinking about it, loving it, nursing it, and then finally recording it and standing on stages the world over playing it - and then somebody comes along and plays the exact same song and calls it their own."
"Coldplay didn't want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away." Joe Satriani... [the interview continues @ Music Radar]
A noted guitarist has sued members of Coldplay, claiming the band's smash hit "Viva La Vida" copied parts of one of his songs.Lawsuits suck, but I can't help thinking the idea of Joe Satriani suing Coldplay is awesome. And this is the second time Coldplay have been publicly accused of ripping off the same song from someone. The first, as you may remember, was NYC's own Sidewalk Cafe regulars the Creaky Boards, who, became YouTube-famous after posting a video comparing Coldplay's song to theirs. Joe didn't make a video, but someone else did for him. Watch both of them below...
The copyright infringement lawsuit by Joe Satriani was filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.
The 52-year-old claims Coldplay copied "substantial, original portions" of his 2004 song, "If I Could Fly." The Coldplay hit, which was nominated for a Grammy this week, has topped charts around the world and been used to sell iPods in commercials. [AP]
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Of all things to do yesterday/Sunday (October 26), the day after he got no sleep for 5 straight CMJ days in a row, Kyle went to NJ to see/shoot Coldplay who were playing their first of two shows in a row at the venue formerly known as Continental Airlines Arena.
Duffy, who played her own CMJ show at Webster Hall during the week,
helped guarantee the show would be even more boring opened for Coldplay last night. More pictures (but none of Duffy) below...
Coldplay @ MSG (more by Ryan Muir)
Details on getting into the upcoming private performance are below...
Apollo Heights @ Citysol day 1 - June 26, 2008 (by Paul Bachmann)
Coldplay @ Rockefeller Plaza (Today Show) - June 27, 2008 (by Paul Bachmann)
today in NYC
* FREE STUFF
* Al Green @ Carnegie Hall
* Patton Oswalt @ Carolines
* Jeffrey Lewis @ Sound Fix
* Indian Jewelry @ Glasslands
* Times New Viking @ The Whitney
* Peter Murphy @ Gramercy Theatre
* The Love Cats @ Highline Ballroom
* Harry & the Potters @ Bowery Ballroom
* AA Bondy & Delta Spirit @ Union Hall
* Talib Kweli @ Museum of Natural History
* The Warlocks & Blacklist @ Mercury Lounge
* Japanther, NinjaSonik AND waterfalls on a boat
* Pwrfl Power, Tickley Feather & Bears @ Death By Audio
* Belaire, Adventure, Mussels & Jeffrey Lewis @ Cake Shop
* Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* Titus Andronicus, the So Glos & Devon Williams @ Knitting Factory
* Cold War Kids, Elvis Perkins in Dearland & Sam Champion in Prospect Park
* A Place to Bury Strangers, King Khan & the Shrines, Black Acid @ SS Seaport
photos by Ryan Muir
Christy Turlington (and opener Ed Burns) enjoying Chris Martin @ MSG
Actresses Charlize Theron and Kirsten Dunst joined supermodel Helena Christensen in the 10,000-strong audience.Coldplay played a free show at Madison Square Garden in NYC last night (June 23, 2008). More pictures and stuff below...
The New York event was the band's third free show, following gigs in London and Barcelona, to promote new album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends.
They gave away thousands of tickets through their website - although some were said to be changing hands for up to $800 a pair on eBay. The title track, Viva La Vida, has given the band their first ever number one single in both the US and the UK. Its popularity has been boosted by its use as the soundtrack to an iTunes advert. [Telegraph]
The Cure @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
It's all about MSG lately. Love them or hate them, there is/was....Iron Maiden, Tom Petty, R.E.M. (last night), The Cure (TONIGHT), Coldplay (Monday), and Pearl Jam (Tuesday and Wednesday) - all right after one another. And all that coincided with the announcement that My Morning Jacket are playing that venue too which coincided with My Morning Jacket's Radio City show tonight. Radio City is also where where the Cure are playing tomorrow (note: Radio City & MSG are owned by the same company).
The big difference between Coldplay and all those other shows is that Coldplay tickets were free...to those who were able to "win" them. If you weren't able to win them, I've got one more chance for you. One person who emails BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Coldplay) will be selected and awarded a pair of free tickets to the free show.
ALSO, The Police are playing MSG.
ALSO, Coldplay rescheduled a bunch of dates, so their latest ones are below...
KEEPING UP WITH THE RADIOHEADSStevie Wonder is very cool. Sigur Rós are currently streaming their whole new album.
"What Radiohead did [releasing the album In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-like download] was great. They had that freedom because they were out of contract. We didn't. I know being on a major label is meant to be antiquated, but we're fine with it. We're trying to keep pace with the idea of free content, though. We gave away [the album's first single] "Violet Hill" with NME and as a free download.
"Next month we're doing free concerts in London, New York and Barcelona. And on the album, tracks five and six are two songs but show up as one, so you can download two songs for the price of one. That was inspired by the 'buy one get one free' promotions at KwikSave, where I once worked."
IS CHRISTY MOORE COOL?
"I always thought that if you were a 16-year-old and liked Coldplay you'd keep it quiet. We aren't cool and never will be. But I hope after this album, 16-year-olds will feel proud to like Coldplay. The best gig I've ever been to was by John Williams, who wrote the music for Jaws and Star Wars. I also love Stevie Wonder and Christy Moore. Are they cool? The best bands in the world today are probably Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós. I think Coldplay is only the seventh best in the world." [Brian Boyd talks to Coldplay's Chris Martin]
Rilo Kiley @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Shellac @ Primavera 2008 (more by Kate Pedatella)
M83 @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in NYC
* Comedy @ Southpaw
* The Homosexuals @ Trash
* Eric Clapton @ Jones Beach
* DJ Vadim instore @ Halcyon
* Broken Spindles & Bell @ Union Hall
* The L Magazine's New Music Festival
* comedians and Neko Case at Southpaw
* an Irish band for free in Bryan Park
* Lightspeed Champion & TMOT @ Union Hall
* Orba Squara and many others @ Living Room
* The Presets & Walter Meego @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lightspeed Champion & Flowers Forever @ Maxwell's
* Black Lips, Gringo Star & Titus Andronicus @ Market Hotel (moved from Ridgewood Temple)
* Mixel Pixel, Violens, Chairlift & Project Jenny Project Jan @ Mercury Lounge
* Radio 4, The Cloud Room, Cassettes Won't Listen & Foreign Islands @ Le Royale
"Dance" post coming in a second.
We added a lot more shows to the free NYC calendar today.
Some not-free shows went on sale today.
Simian Mobile Disco's gear was ruined on a plane this past weekend.
Coldplay played Kimmel. Videos below....
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The Today show hosts free outdoor "concerts" at 7:00am on Fridays at Rockefeller Center in NYC. This past Monday (Memorial Day) was the B-52's who have a new album out called Funplex. The bizarro-world videos from that performance and interview, and the rest of the 'TODAY Toyota Concert Series' 2008 summer schedule below.....
They also announced more tour dates today. Those are below...
"Violet Hill," the first single from Coldplay's upcoming album, Viva La Vida, will be available as a free download from the band's website (http://www.coldplay.com) for one week beginning Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:15 a.m. EDT - a full week before it goes on sale at digital retailers. Viva La Vida will be released in North America on June 17th.Brian Eno has also been busy working with David Byrne.
"Violet Hill" also debuts on radio this Tuesday. On the same day, Coldplay will post preliminary details on its website regarding the band's upcoming free show:
June 23rd New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Please check http://www.coldplay.com beginning April 29th for details on how to win tickets. As this is a free show, no tickets will be available for purchase. Coldplay will also be playing a free show at Brixton Academy in London, England on June 16th.
Viva La Vida was produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. It is the follow-up to the immensely successful X&Y, which has sold 10 million copies worldwide since its release in 2005.
Brit band Coldplay is the preferred music choice to send us off to sleep at night, a survey has found.
The clean cut rock band fronted by Chris Martin topped a poll of artists lulling Britons into slumber.
The dulcet tones of James Blunt, Snow Patrol, Take That and Norah Jones completed the "kip parade" top five according to a study undertaken by Travelodge. [UK press association]
"Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft's third solo album, 'Keys to the World,' will see belated North American release March 21 via Virgin. The set has been out since last month in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at No. 2 on the country's album chart. The single 'Break the Night With Colour' peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. singles" [Billboard]
Richard is touring with Coldplay from March 20 - April 6th. That includes their March 25th NJ show. There's no Coldplay show on March 29th, so Richard is stopping by NYC to play Webster Hall with David Ford. Tickets are on sale.
David Ford also plays the Living Room on March 31st. All Richard+Coldplay AND David Ford dates below....
"The veggie voters have spoken, and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have been selected as PETA’s 2005 “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians,” narrowly edging out a host of other veggie Valentinos and Venuses, including David Duchovny, Reese Witherspoon, Joss Stone, Avril Lavigne, Joaquin Phoenix, and Prince, as well as previous winners Tobey Maguire, Andre 3000, Josh Hartnett, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman, and Shania Twain." [PETA] (thx Neuman)
"Forget the album charts or the hard fought ‘Biggest Band In The World’ title, some of the world’s most famous musicians, including Thom Yorke, Chris Martin and Anthony Kiedis, are up against each other for the title of World's Sexiest Vegetarian."
Gothamist Interviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who I'm listening to in my headphones as I write this)
Gakwer says the Bloc Party show at Webster Hall last night was full of "retarded NYU kids." (I sold my tickets to go to LOA)
Gakwer notes that the NYTimes made it OK for journalists to hate Coldplay. (They'll never beat U2 now)
Rolling Stone has a video for Spoon's "I turn my camera on." (via Chromewaves via Catbirdseat) (good song, stream the whole album)
Just kidding! But maybe he will after he reads this statement from Chris Martin: "U2 can be beaten. For me it's no different from the film Rocky. You study your opponent. And I regard them as opponents." (from One Louder)
The media is shocked that Coldplay's new album "has been illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release"
Coldplay want to eat the Crazy Frog, admit stealing from The Beatles.
TV's Friends, metrosexuals played part in shaping Coldplay: Martin
STREAM the new Coldplay (illegaly) at SceneStars
Central Village says it's really, really good (and posted an MP3)
Daily Refill posted an MP3 too
Tickets for Coldplay's NYC-area stadium shows go on sale Saturday.
"Martin told the Daily Star: “You want to be able to hold your head up high in a room with Paul McCartney and Bono.”
“We’re trying to get to the very highest level. We want to be better than Mozart"
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Paul McCartney pushing meat-free world
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U2's Bono: Apple 'more creative than a lot of rock bands'
Bono to Condi -- All I Want is You to aid Third World
"Moazart Effect" Scientist Gordon Shaw Has Died at Age 72
Rilo Kiley opening for Coldplay
U2 vs Coldplay... continued | X&Y
U2 vs. Coldplay | NYC Small (& Big) Shows Wrap-Up
Coldplay Visits NYC, plays SNL, Tours
Rilo Kiley plays their 2nd of two shows at Webster Hall in NYC tonight (May 27th). They'll be back in September on a much larger stage - Madison Square Garden. All Coldplay/Rilo tour dates below...