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作者:佚名    文章来源:BBC News    点击数:86    更新时间:2019/12/21 (第15教学周)  

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They're giants of the music industry, they've sold millions of albums, and performed to packed stadia around the world. But now the British band Coldplay have said they won't be going on tour to promote their latest album because of concerns about the environment, as Colin Paterson reports.

The Amman Citadel in Jordan, where tomorrow Coldplay will perform two concerts - one at sunrise, one at sunset - but to no audience. Instead, it will be streamed live for free to fans around the world watching online.

Coldplay's last tour visited five continents and was seen by more than five million people. But this time, they will not be hitting the road in support of their new album Everyday Life. Chris Martin says for environmental reasons.

We're taking time over the next year or two to work out... How can not only our tour be sustainable, but how it can be actively beneficial? The hardest thing is the flying side of things.
But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it be largely solar powered.

Is it possible to be a carbon neutral band on tour?

I hope so - that's what we're trying to work out. So I think it's a question of just accepting that you have to do your best, not to be too overzealous in criticising others because everyone will catch up, I think, if you prove that it's easy to do it the right way.

And there's one festival close to home that they won't be playing again in a hurry.

Glastonbury - you are so part of that festival now, you cropped up a couple of times on the main stage last year. It's been announced Paul McCartney's going to headline next year. Any chance of Coldplay joining him on the bill?

No.

Why not?

I did pop up on stage last year, and I love doing so.

Stormzy, Kylie...

And then I saw a tweet afterwards that said, "You can always rely on him to come on in a tracksuit and ruin everything." So, I was like, "You know what?" A, I should work on my trousers. And, B, I shouldn't be online. And, C, maybe just go and watch Glastonbury for a year or so.

Did that hurt you?

Sometimes these things hurt me, yeah, because I'm human.

# I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing...#

As for Coldplay, they have a lot to work out. Their last tour used 32 trucks and there was the carbon cost of flights for over 100 crew members. But the band - famous for their song Yellow - are serious about going green. Colin Patterson, BBC News, Jordan.
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