In 1996 a British alternative rock band was formed by Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion in college at the University College London. They called themselves Coldplay and since then (after their first debut, no less) have risen to international acclaim and fame. Their first EP was released in 1998, but the #1 debut album, Parachutes and specifically the single “Yellow” took them to the top of the charts.
Jonny and Chris had been working on songs since they met, but the other two members hadn't really been around much until Guy joined the band to play bass just before dropping out of engineering school. The other two stuck with their studies, while also pursuing music.
Will, also still in school, loved playing guitar but was persuaded to become Coldplay's drummer so the band could play their first gig in late 1998. Other popular singles include "Don't Panic" and "High Speed" and "Shiver."
When the band went into the studio with co-producer and engineer Ken Nelson to record Parachutes, they agreed that nothing would go on the album that they all four didn't agreed on. This led to a fierce and gut wrenching recording session that the guys thought might be their last. Songs ended up veering from fragile to forceful, from understated to epic, all-the-while carried by Chris' gorgeous vocal range and endearingly bashful lyrics. After Parachutes, their next release, X&Y, the best-selling album worldwide in 2005, was initially met with mixed to positive reviews upon its release. However, the band's fourth studio album, Viva la Viva or Death and All His Friends in 2008, which received largely favourable reviews, earning several Grammy nominations and wins. In October 2011, they released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. Get your tickets to see Coldplay live here at Prominent Ticket Service.