Even though cranky American music snobs like Crossfade might dismiss Chris Martin and Coldplay as foreign providers of "safe and sentimental sonic wallpaper," there's no denying that this Brit pop-rock crew stands to inherit the proverbial arena whenever U2 and Radiohead finally shuffle off the scene.
With seven Grammys and over 50 million albums sold, Coldplay is undeniably huge. And despite the fact that the band's latest studio album, Mylo Xyloto, has inspired as many shrugs as superlatives from critics, the record still shot to the top of the Billboard 200, dominated charts in 32 other countries, and scored a Platinum certification after just a couple of months.
But considering this is 2011 and the record industry's on life support, we all know that album sales aren't a band like Coldplay's primary means of income. These superstars need to hit the stadium circuit. And today, Martin and company announced a 21-date North American tour.
Kicking off on April 17, 2012, in Edmonton, Colplay's cross-continental trek will travel to four other Canadian cities -- Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal -- and 16 American metropolises including Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Most importantly for SoFla fans of "safe and sentimental sonic wallpaper," though, the Mylo Xyloto odyssey finally arrives in Miami on June 29 for a show at the American Airlines Arena.
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Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto 2012 North American Tour Dates
April 17 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
April 18 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
April 20 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
April 24 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
April 25 KeyArena, Seattle, WA
April 27 HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
May 1 Hollywood BowlLos Angeles, CA
May 2 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
June 22 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
June 25 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
June 28 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
June 29 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
July 2 Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
July 5 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
July 8 Verizon Center, Washington, DC
July 23 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
July 26 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
July 29 TD Garden, Boston, MA
August 3 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
August 7 United Center, Chicago, IL
August 11 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour. Friday, June 29, 2012. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets go on sale December 17 via ticketmaster.com. Call 305-960-8500 or visit aaarena.com.