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Just one year earlier, the band had been at the Grammys as complete newcomers. In 2003, they were performing with the New York Philharmonic. This was a very big performance in every sense. To be performing Politik in New York City had a lot of weight in itself. The song’s themes touched on 9/11, which was still recent at this point.

The additional dramatic impact of performing this with the New York Philharmonic made this a very potent performance. The orchestra were arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen, an absolutely wonderful man who is sadly no longer with us. His enthusiasm and the sheer joy he approached the day with were inspirational.

He was, of course, no stranger to fusing the worlds of rock band and orchestra, having worked with a staggering array of rock royalty including Pink Floyd, Metallica, David Bowie and far too many others to list. It was clearly a somewhat less familiar environment for much of the orchestra, however, as many of them were to be seen throwing their hands over their ears the first time Mr Champion’s drums crashed in during rehearsals.

The band went on to win Best Alternative Music Album for A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Best Rock Performance for In My Place


Welcome to the Coldplay Timeline

The Coldplay Timeline is a living history of the band, from their first rehearsal in 1998 to the present day. It allows you to relive their story via exclusive videos, audio, photos, blogs, interviews and handwritten notes.

There are two ways to use the site. You’ll begin at the chronological Timeline view, where you can scroll down through the years. Or, switch to Map view and see all the items with locations mapped out.

On both views, you can filter by Category and/or by Era – allowing you to search for, say, all of the video content from the X&Y era.

You can add to the Timeline too, by uploading your pictures from shows you’ve attended. We’ll also add more content over the coming days, weeks and months.

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