Coldplay to put touring on hold for environmental reasons

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(CNN)Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has announced that the band will put plans to tour on hold while the group considers how to make its concerts environmentally friendly.

The British band will give two performances in Amman Friday to mark the release of its new double album “Everyday Life.”
The shows will be streamed live on YouTube.

Ahead of the launch of its new album, “Everyday Life,” Martin said the group wants to take time over the next year or two to consider how future tours can be “sustainable” and also “actively beneficial.”
“How can we harness the resources that our tour creates and make it have a positive impact?” Martin told the BBC.

He admitted that “the hardest thing is the flying side of things.”
The dream, he said, was to have a show with no single-use plastic and for it to be largely solar-powered.
Martin said it was a question of “just accepting that you have to do your best” and not be overly critical of others.

The band released their album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ in December 2015, reaching number one in the UK and selling over four million copies so far.

Split into two parts, Sunrise and Sunset, the album was rubber-stamped by the band on social media with a picture of the letter which had first alerted fans to the potential release earlier this week. “For the last 100 years or thereabouts we have been working on a thing called Everyday Life,” it reads.

The band later returned to the stage to debut their new single “Everyday Life,” a contemplative ballad centered around Martin at the piano.

 

“In the classifieds you might write ‘double album for sale, one very careful owner’. One half is called ‘sunrise’, the other ‘sunset’. It comes out 22 November.”

“It is sort of how we feel about things. We send much love to you from hibernation.”

This’ll be Coldplay’s first studio release since A Head Full of Dreams of 2015, a seventh consecutive UK number one which featured collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher and Tove Lo.

 

Earlier this year, Chris Martin recently discussed the future of Coldplay in an interview with Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio show. “We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment,” Martin told Lowe. “I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating.”

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