The band’s frontman, Chris Martin, shared the “huge revelation” with the BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley on a special show to be broadcast on Friday. Turns out that Coldplay will stop recording music as a band in 2025.
The announcement comes two months after Coldplay released their ninth studio album, Music of the Spheres, which went straight to No 1 earlier this year.
“Our last proper record will come out in 2025, and after that, I think we will only tour,” said Martin. “And maybe we’ll do some collaborative things but the Coldplay catalog, as it were, finishes then.”
Whiley spoke about her interview with Martin on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Wednesday and shared a preview clip where Martin confirmed the news. Whiley told Ball that while Martin is “disarmingly honest” in interviews, she is also “never quite sure if he’s joking or being deadly serious”.
However, on this occasion, his latest comments are consistent with what previously told the NME in October. Martin said that they intended to make three more albums — to bring the total to 12 — and then stop. But this is the first time he has put a date on the endpoint.
The 44-year-old also told Absolute Radio he envisioned his band going forward as a touring act “in the way that the [Rolling] Stones do, it will be so cool if we can still be touring in our late 70s.”
“That will be wonderful if anybody wants to come,” he noted.
The news got a mixed reaction
Fans have reacted with dismay to the news, although quiet glee was also detected among some detractors.
In October, Coldplay announced a world tour with a range of initiatives designed to mitigate its environmental impact. The band has promised to cut CO2 emissions by 50% compared with their 2016-17 world tour, and almost entirely use renewable energy to power the stage show.
The tour, which will start in August next year, will include a “kinetic floor” to harness the energy created by fans, a stage made of renewable materials, solar panels, while the battery and mains power will be drawn from renewable sources.
Earlier this month Coldplay pulled out of several performances including their planned show at the Capital Jingle Bell Ball in London because of positive Covid tests in their touring party.
Coldplay has been nominated for group of the year and best rock/alternative act at the 2022 Brit awards, which take place in February. By the way, can you even imagine what a Coldplay concert in Pakistan would like?
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