As the alternative rock band Coldplay’s highly anticipated Ghost Stories floats into stores and online retailers today, one can’t help but wonder further about their latest record. Coming off a brilliant performance set with a small sample from their sixth studio album at the SXSW’s presentation of the iTunes Festival this past February, the band has clearly been missed by fans and critics alike. Last night, viewers had the opportunity to see the band perform in an NBC special celebrating their new music. Directed by Paul Dugdal, the hour-long television program which was filmed two months ago in Los Angeles, featured new songs and old, and integrated narrative film with stunning and intimate live-performance footage that was shot in front of 800 lucky fans.
Ghost Stories is the band’s first record since 2011′s Mylo Xyloto—an album that sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The quartet embarked on a tour that began in October 2011, continuing well up until the end of 2012, with a series of one-off concerts in Europe and music festivals during the leg of touring.