Coldplay headed for Japan festival


NEW YORK -- Coldplay has announced its first show of 2008 at Japan's Summer Sonic festival, to be held Aug. 9 in Tokyo and the following day in Osaka. The group will be joined by the Verve, the Sex Pistols, the Prodigy, Alicia Keys and Fatboy Slim, among many others.

As previously reported, Coldplay is putting the finishing touches on its next album, expected in June via Capitol. Among the tracks in contention to make the final cut are "Yes," "Violet Hill," "Chinese Sleep Chant" and "Reign of Love."

Also on the bill for Summer Sonic are Paul Welle, Devo, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Panic! At the Disco, New Found Glory, Spiritualized, Band of Horses, Against Me!, Silversun Pickups and Junkie XL.

Tickets go on sale May 24.