-discover Arctic Monkeys
-absorb every note and word of every song into your soul
-start a blog
-look at Alex Turner’s face for days -realize you could never love any man as much as you love the members of Arctic Monkeys
February 19, 2009 | Coldplay’s Roadie #42: —The final blowout comes in the shape of The Killers’ track All These Things That I’ve Done. Suddenly the stage is quite simply awash with folks. The Killers have come up and have plugged into Coldplay’s gear, taken over the drumstool and the piano. Bono, from young Dublin hopefuls, the U2s has nonchalantly walked on to deafening applause. Chris has dragged Gary Barlow back onstage. It’s noisy, it’s chaotic - in places, quite frankly it’s a complete fucking mess, but this is exactly as it should be and it’s completely excellent. I remember weeks ago in the Bakery, Chris talking about doing this gig and mentioning the idea of inviting guests on for a big finale. “It’d be great to turn it into just one big ol’ Brits party” he said. Well, they’ve not just had a party, they’ve had something to celebrate. It was an absolutely belting gig.
"I think I’ve made it fairly clear from the start that I don’t really do social media. It’s never really been part of it for me, so I’ve been fortunate that hasn’t been a pressure. But yeah, with this record the success of the first one meant that everyone is very expectant for it to be successful and then you’re like ‘well how do you make a successful record?’ and you have all those conversations and it’s like ‘hang on, that’s got nothing to do with actually putting together a record’ and it’s really counter productive. So there’s that whole weight that goes on to making a second record and it took a bit of time out to get rid of that, to get rid of those feelings that I owed anyone anything or that I had to please a certain demographic of people that would have liked the old record but perhaps might not like the new one. I’ve been surprised by how many people really liked “End of the Affair” and were really into that. Now I realise that it’s not such a courageous track but when we first put it down I was like ‘this is really different from the first record’ and I think with that track I wanted to challenge people. I wanted to challenge myself more than anything because it takes a while not to want to please everyone all the time and to be comfortable with the fact that you don’t have to sell a lot of records to be successful in music. That’s a conversation I have with myself quite a lot." (photo credit: Lewis Harrison)