Coldplay say money worries nearly cancelled world tour

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6 Sep 2022, 16:09

Coldplay performing onstage

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Coldplay's Music of the Spheres world tour has been wowing fans but it very nearly didn't happen.

Frontman Chris Martin revealed a "big financial crisis" nearly ruined things.

The tour is supporting their ninth studio album, and fortunately for fans the tour was "saved" as a way was found to "sustain" it.

He told The Sun: “It became financially stressful, which we hadn’t had before. We never really had a big financial crisis.

“This was the first time where there was a point where we couldn’t do the tour due to all the money stuff.

“But luckily we had some help and they saved the day and we did a few changes here and there.

“This tour was about trying new things and some of them work and some don’t. We are so lucky that we can survive and sustain losses and that’s OK.”

The tour still pulled out all the stops, with the band performing with alien masks and an appearance from a puppet band called The Weirdos.

Chris revealed that drummer Will Champion had to say no to some of his stranger ideas.

Chris said: “We have ideas people and filters in the band.

“Without both we couldn’t operate. For every idea that you see on stage there has been about 51 that Will said, ‘No way’. But that is how it works. He has to feel it. Once he feels it, we do it.

“That is why Will is the heart and the anchor of the band.

“If it doesn’t resonate with him, we don’t do it. If it’s close, we keep going until it does.”

“The aliens and all that stuff, it’s allegorical. It’s us talking about life on Earth but without naming names because we are not really into criticism or finger pointing.

“But having alien heads is us saying we really believe in the equality of all people and all beings. So when people say they don’t really understand, I feel like that’s OK, it is maybe not for everybody.

It is only for, like, six minutes. It allows us to go even more free and that is the whole reason we exist these days — to be free and to encourage others to be free.”

He recently revealed he would love the band to be even greener with their efforts.