Coldplay Preview 'Ghost Stories' at Intimate LA Gig

800 fans were treated to the new album, which is released on May 19.

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Coldplay debuted new album "Ghost Stories" at an intimate gig in Los Angeles on Friday, NME reports.

According to Rolling Stone, the band played the new album in its entirety for the first time to 800 lucky fans on a movie soundstage at Sony Studios. The gig was being recorded as part of a DVD extra for the album, which is released on May 19.

The band had previously previewed a couple of the album's tracks at SXSW, performing at the first ever iTunes Festival show at the US event. However, they performed tracks from the album for the first time at the DVD recording. Rolling Stone describes (via Gigwise) previously premiered "Always in My Head" as being led by "a dreamy guitar pattern," while the newly premiered "Ink" is said to feature the lyrics: "All I know is I am lost without your love ... so much it hurts."

The live debut was also given to "True Love," which RS report as having "bright musical colours anchored to a heartbreak beat and a slicing solo from guitarist Jonny Buckland," while the piano led "Another's Arms" (another track premiered at SXSW) is "a melancholy love song with chiming guitar as footage of women slowly tumbling underwater filled the screens."

"Oceans" is reported as being "understated but sweeping," while "A Sky Full of Stars" sounds fittingly epic and features the line: "Maybe one day I'll fly next to you." As for the closing track, "O (Fly on)," it was described as a "vulnerable piano ballad."

Meanwhile, Coldplay have donated £260k to BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley's Sport Relief fundraising efforts. Whiley is the latest big name star to complete a huge physical task in order to raise money for the charity and jogged on a treadmill housed inside a perspex box outside the BBC New Broadcasting House London for 26 hours straight, finishing last night (March 20).

Taking breaks only to receive medical attention, Whiley defied a thigh injury as she completed the gruelling challenge as part of BBC Radio Around the World for Sport Relief, in which figures from the BBC's local and national radio stations are attempting to run, swim and cycle a combined distance of 25,000 miles.

Coldplay played:

Always in My Head
Ink (live debut)
True Love (live debut)
Another's Arms
Oceans (live debut)
A Sky Full of Stars (live debut)
O (Fly on) (live debut)
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    People trying to pay this band out still? Just admit it, they are good. Biggest alternative rock band in the world and they've done it by doing what they like. Yes they have strong similarities to Radiohead and U2, but it's just an influence, like we all have as musicians