The phrase "very Spinal Tap" is lobbed around when talking about bands far too easily, but the Coldplay wristband story does have an undeniably Tapesqueishness* to it.
Everyone going to see Coldplay on tour gets given a flashing wristband. Only, as Gordon reports:
The gadget — which lights up during their live shows — is costing the band a fortune.I suspect Martin is perhaps overstating his potential ruin here - based on a quick look round the internet, it'd be unlikely that these things would cost £2 a pop, at the most, so it'd be more a nibble at margin rather than a shortcut to the poorhouse. Unless they've cut a really bad deal with a supplier.
Chris Martin said: “Most of the money we’re earning on the tour is put into the wristbands.
“We have to figure out how to keep it going without going broke because it’s a crucial part of the concert.”
At the same time, Chris Martin reveals what he doesn't like his audience doing:
Chris also reveals he is OK with fans recording the gigs on their iPhones — but he can’t accept his audience texting.If the audience is bored to the point of sending 'please rescue me' texts, that's not really the audience's fault, is it?
He said: “The only thing I fear is texting. If they are texting they are not enjoying the music.”
* - oddly, the spellcheck rejects Tapesqueishness.