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Coldplay will stop recording music as a band in 2025, frontman Chris Martin has revealed.

Martin made the announcement on Radio 2 on Wednesday, in a clip trailing ahead to his Christmas Show with Jo Whiley on the same channel on Thursday evening.

"Our last proper record will come out in 2025, and after that I think we will only tour," he said.

"And maybe we'll do some collaborative things but the Coldplay catalogue, as it were, finishes then."

Whiley told fellow DJ Zoe Ball on her breakfast show that while Martin is "disarmingly honest" in interviews, she is also "never quite sure if he's joking or being deadly serious".

However on this occasion, his latest comments are consistent with what he said around the release of his band's ninth studio album, Music Of The Spheres, which went straight to number one earlier this year.

Martin told The NME in October they intended to make 12 albums [three more] and then stop. But his latest chat with Whiley is apparently the first time he has ever put a date on it.

He also told Absolute Radio he envisioned his band going forward as a touring act "in the way that the [Rolling] Stones do, it will be so cool if we can still be touring in our late 70s."

"That will be wonderful if anybody wants to come," he noted.

Mixed response

Coldplay fans have been reacting to the news on forums like Reddit. "Haven't enjoyed any of their stuff past [fourth album] Viva La Vida but what a career they've had," one fan noted. "I definitely feel that they made their mark on music in a positive way."

"They will be back in 2030 for more money with a new drummer or guitarist etc.. just like all the other great bands before them," another suggested.

"They don't have to stop," urged someone else. "They just need to only play music up to Viva La Vida. Then leave the rest for bad commercials to use."

Another Twitter user responded to negative online comments about the band, saying: "Just remember that they have raised absolute thousands for multiple charities, had multiple worldwide sold out shows (and due to have another in 2022) and are some of the most kind-hearted and selfless people on this earth. Don't be awful."

Speaking to the BBC recently, bandleader Martin said their next tour will partly be powered by a dancefloor that generates electricity when fans jump up and down, and pedal power at the venues.

It's part of a 12-point plan to cut their carbon footprint, two years after the band pledged not to tour until they could do so in a more sustainable way.

Martin said fans will be on "kinetic flooring". "When they move, they power the concert," he told BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson. "And we have bicycles too that do the same thing."

Coldplay pulled several performances including their planned show at the Capital Jingle Bell Ball in London this month due to positive Covid tests in their touring party. They have been nominated for group of the year and best rock/alternative act at February's 2022 Brit Awards.

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