Coldplay Plans Club Gigs

With its new single, “Speed of Sound,” infiltrating radio worldwide, Coldplay has confirmed the first five dates of its late summer/early fall North American tour. At deadline, the route begins Aug. 8 at the Tweeter Center outside Boston and runs through Sept. 24 in Houston. No opening acts have yet been announced for the tour, although they will reportedly include Franz Ferdinand and Rilo Kiley.

Coldplay has also been gradually confirming a series of North American club/theatre gigs to build buzz for its upcoming Capitol album, “X&Y, due June 7. On tap so far are shows on May 4 in San Francisco, May 6 in Chicago, May 11 in Toronto and May 17 in New York. The day before the latter, Coldplay will tape an episode of VH1’s “Storytellers” program at Brooklyn’s Academy of Music.

The band’s official Web site is offering a VIP travel package to New York for the May 16-17 shows, including tickets and three nights of hotel.

Meanwhile, a video for “Speed of Sound” was shot over the weekend with director Mark Romanek (Beck, Jay-Z, Madonna). The cut will debut tomorrow (April 28) at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, having logged 44,000 paid downloads. “Speed of Sound” also will open at No. 8 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks tally and No. 31 on the Adult Top 40 roundup.

Coldplay is gearing up for its Saturday headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., and will warm up the night before with a Las Vegas club gig featuring Rilo Kiley.


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