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For three nights, Coldplay will ring in the new year on this side of the Atlantic, culminating at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Nets. This will be Coldplay’s first return to a NYC stage since 2005.
Jay-Z will co-headline the New Year’s Eve show at the venue he opened earlier this fall with eight performances in a row. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has long had a famous friendship and working relationship with Jay-Z, and this is not the first time the two have collaborated; most recently the artists performed together at the closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
“We’re from very different backgrounds. But we love the same stuff everyone else loves,” Martin, 34, told online music magazine Pitchfork.
“I love his music, and he’s a super cool guy, and he’s genuine. I respect his decisions, and we have the same feelings about trying to be true in your art. It just happens that one of us is a nerd and the other is the coolest multi-entrepreneur on the planet.”
Martin’s and Jay-Z’s wives, Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce, respectively, are also fast friends, and the couples have vacationed together numerous times. And in fact, this will be the second time Coldplay and Jay-Z have performed together for the New Year instead of watching the ball drop at home with their loved ones: the two acts co-headlined at a NYE concert in Las Vegas in 2010.
Preceding the Barclays Center shows on Dec. 30 and 31, Coldplay will perform at the Mohegan Sun Arena at the Connecticut casino on December 29. Naturally 7 will be the opening act. Coldplay is set to release Live 2012, their new concert film/live album, next week, November 19.
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