Steve Jobs shows up at a Coldplay concert

Thu, Jul 16, 2009

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Move over Bono, Coldplay is where it’s at now – at least if you’re Steve Jobs.  Jobs was spotted earlier this week at a Coldplay concert, marking the first time he’s been seen in public since undergoing a liver transplant a few months ago.  Here’s the scoop.

Two days ago, we came across the following tweet:

At coldplay…shoreline. I just walked by steve jobs. Geeked.

Steve Jobs was out and about at a Coldplay concert?  Say what?!

We wanted, nay, we needed to know more.

So we inquired a little bit futher and came up with bubkes.  Maybe it was just a phantom tweet meant to generate buzz and expose the suckers out there in the Twitterverse.  After all, it wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened – at this past years WWDC, for example, we almost fell victim to a joke tweeter who claimed that he had seen Steve Jobs secretly walk into the Moscone Center.

But yesterday, we came across Coldplay’s official blog where one of the band’s roadies delves into details about meeting Steve Jobs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre located just outside of San Francisco.

I’ll be honest with you folks, the only thing that mattered to me tonight was the presence of one Steve Jobs. I’m a confirmed Apple devotee and I really cannot imagine doing the job I do now (or even having got into this line of work) without my Macbook Pro (and all the Powerbooks that went before it). Creating these tools and putting them into the hands of folks like me was the vision of this man.

I spot Steve chatting with Dave Holmes outside the dressing room and suddenly feel like a star-struck teenager. In order to get the gall up to speak to the guy, I down a double espresso. The mixture of caffeine buzz and feeling like a cheesy little fanboy means that all I can manage to say to him is “Thank you so much”. I realise that I’m quite simply making a tit of myself and so excuse myself as fast as I appeared.

Jobs, of course, is a big music aficionado with an appreciation for all things Dylan and Beatles.  He even dated folk singer Joan Baez (who herself dated Dylan) during the late 70’s and early 80’s.  In a certain regard, Jobs’ presence at a Coldplay concert isn’t all that surprising.  Apple routinely uses Coldplay’s music in its commercials, used the image of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in ads for the now discontinued fat iPod Nano, and often plays their music during Apple keynote and WWDC events.

And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  And what did they name their first child?  Apple.



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