Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” Trip – England Journal Day Six, Seven, Eight

England Journal: Day Six. Today was the first day of the trip I didn’t need to be somewhere by a certain time, so that was a relief. I used the opportunity to have a halfway decent night’s sleep (over three hours!). Both Oz and Carrie left late night/early morning to catch their respective flights out. Unfortunately, around the time I was planning to check out of the house, I received a text from Carrie that powerlines related to the train system had come down, and her train was stalled on the tracks. [Read more…]

Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” at Journal Tyne Theater | Newcastle, England | 12/20/2010 – England Journal Day Five

England Journal: Day Five. So today was the big day. After the thrilling night of the first concert in Liverpool at the Royal Court Theater, we needed to make our way to Newcastle Upon Tyne for the second and last show of the Crisis charity concert series, announced as held at the Journal Tyne Theater. [Read more…]

“Blacky”: The Vintage Fender ’72 Thinline Telecaster Studio and Stage Used By Coldplay’s Jonny Buckland for “X&Y” and “Viva La Vida”

Some reading the England Journal series of articles are probably interested in knowing a little more about my appreciation of Coldplay, and why I would travel thousands and thousands of miles by car, plane, and train to attend a few concerts in another country. As such, I thought I would explain a little more in this supplemental article about my love for the band and their music, details about a charity auction one year ago, and the prize of my pop culture memorabilia collection. [Read more…]

Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” at Royal Court Theater | Liverpool, England | 12/19/2010 – England Journal Day Four

England Journal: Day Four. This was our second day in Liverpool, where the first of the two Coldplay “Hidden Gig” shows benefiting Crisis were held tonight. As noted in the prior journal entry, the “Hidden Gig” venue was not revealed until 24 hours before the show, and the venue announced was the Royal Court Theater. [Read more…]

Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” Trip – England Journal Day Three

England Journal: Day Three. This was the first day that was all about Coldplay. Oz and I met another Coldplay fan from the United States, Carrie, at Paddington Station. This was where we began our journey to the two “Hidden Gig” shows benefiting Crisis. [Read more…]

Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” Trip – England Journal Day Two

England Journal: Day Two. This was a very busy day. Mario, Oz and I took the train to Prop Store, which was a first visit for me. While the weather was not terribly bad at our arrival, it soon began snowing and actually made a sharp turn for the worst. We cut our visit short so as to not get trapped out at the store (admittedly not the worst place in the world to be stuck). [Read more…]

Coldplay Crisis “Hidden Gig” Trip – England Journal Day One

England Journal: Day One. This morning I flew into Heathrow Airport around 6:00 am and seeing the city waking up to darkness and already bustling with activity was a sight to behold. Breathtaking. It was an unexpected aerial tour of many of the largest historical landmarks of London. [Read more…]

And Now For Something Completely Different… The England Journal

This will be the first in a series of uncharacteristically informal and personal articles to close out 2010. Apologies for the lack of new articles over the past week – I have been busy preparing for a trip to England, and am publishing this first article via layover at an airport, with flight departing to London. I will be publishing (hopefully) frequent updates about my journey over the next week, in which I will be meeting up with some of my fellow prop collecting enthusiasts, visiting some prop-related attractions, and will be attending two charity concerts featuring performances by Coldplay, benefiting Crisis. [Read more…]