I am in Atlanta, GA right now. Originally from Maryland though.
I just saw HB when they opened for Coldplay on the Viva La Vida tour on May 17th. Unlike a lot of people that are HB fans, I also love Coldplay, but was very pleasantly surprised when I saw that the Bells where opening for them.
The first time I saw them was when they opened for The Killers when they did a European tour back in 2006 I think. I was in Barcelona studying abroad and I had no clue who they were and fell in love with their sound after I saw them.
Yes, blade, you are correct. That's where and when it was.
I know a lot of people on here don't like Coldplay, and I am not trying to turn this into a Coldplay thread at all, but I am just curious as to why many of the people don't like them?
Most of the "bashing" of Coldplay is just things like 'I hate Coldplay' or 'I guess I'll have to suffer through them'. I just wanted to know a specific reason why. I absolutely respect everyone's opinion and that's fine if people don't like them, just wondering why? Does it have to do with their style compared to Howling Bells?
Why don't I like Coldplay? I must admit I've never heard a full album, only several singles, so my sample is small.
But from what I've heard, if you're having trouble sleeping, this is the cure.
And if I ever decided to end it all (some might say I should), the song to accompany me to the other side would be "Yellow". Listen to that for two minutes and there's no going back. The song to slit your wrists to.
Fair enough. I will say that of a lot of their music, and my friend said the same thing after he listened to their X & Y album. I tend to like that kind of music which may be a reason I like them.
I will say Yellow drives me nuts. I really can't stand that song.
I think their newest album, Viva La Vida is in many songs a departure from their previous work in that sense. Most of the songs, not necessarily the lyrics, are more upbeat and uptempo. They seem much different live though. Their performance is really "balls to the wall" so to speak. You can't fall asleep at one of their concerts!
I've never heard that they've played it live. They generally stick to a fixed setlist for each tour - they didn't play it in the UK in March or on the Coldplay tour (unless they deviated from the setlist somewhere). Or maybe they played it at a festival somewhere? I don't know.
For those of you interested, I found the Cities Burning Down digital exclusive in FLAC from a website in Canada. You have to select Zunior Plus from the available options, which is for FLAC, and pay an additional 2 bucks. Comes out to $6.44. Pretty good deal to me. Since I am in the U.S. it can be somewhat difficult to find Howling Bells music, especially offered in such a high quality format. I've seen it sold before at Itunes and Amazon but only in AAC and MP3 formats.