Live - Coldplay and Ash Play Atlanta Despite Canceled Show

On Saturday, September 14th, Coldplay and Ash were scheduled to play the Masquerade Music Park, an outdoor music venue in Atlanta, Georgia. Inclement weather, however, led to the show's cancellation. Horizontal rain and high winds damaged Coldplay's equipment during the band's afternoon soundcheck. Approximately 4000 people had tickets to the show, but no alternate venue could be found in time to move the show.

As a consolation, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jon Buckland performed an impromptu acoustic set in the venue's parking lot. In addition, Ash agreed to do a free show inside the Masquerade nightclub that evening. After Ash's set, the band and Coldplay's Chris and Jon raced across town to check out Irish rockers, The Frames, who were headlining a show at The Echo Lounge in East Atlanta.

Upon recognizing Tim Wheeler and Chris Martin in the audience, The Frames' lead singer, Glen Hansard, invited Ash and Coldplay to join them onstage. Ash performed a quick set which included "Kung Fu" and "Shining Light", featuring Chris Martin on vocals. Eventually members of all three bands took to the stage to form a supergroup coverband.

Highlights of the 90-minute set included Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind," The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind," The Pixies' "Debaser," the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" and an acoustic version of "Burn Baby Burn" with Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley on drums and Ash drummer Rick McMurray on guitar. Approximately thirty lucky people danced, cheered and, when asked, shouted requests.

Source: Dennis Millay and Malinda McCall

Live - Coldplay and Ash Play Atlanta Despite Canceled Show