A bunch of folks have sent in the news that Coldplay is doing a promotion whereby they'll be giving away a free CD at every live show
and will also make the tracks available for free download on the band's website. The album itself is live tracks recorded during the current tour. As the band notes:
"Playing live is what we love. This album is a thank you to our fans - the people who give us a reason to do it and make it happen."
It's great to see another well-known band learn that "free" can have quite a bit of value, though this does seem a bit more gimmicky than any well-thought-out strategy. Giving away a physical product is nice, but expensive, and unlikely to be a difference maker for those going to shows. Still, it is nice to see a band not freaking out about free and looking for more ways to actually connect with and reward their fans, rather than trying to punish them like some others.