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Coldplay Treat Fans with Free NYC Show

VIDEO! The Brit foursome -- on the cover of Spin's July issue, out today -- play a gratis gig at Madison Square Garden. Fans awaiting entry weigh in on the band's gift.

William Goodman // June 24, 2008

Spin’s July issue hits newsstands today, and last night (June 23) its cover subjects, Brit quartet Coldplay, kicked off their North American tour with a free gig at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

The free show, much like its London predecessor, unveiled the band’s excellent new album Viva La Vida, and attracted fans from far and wide, many of whom waited outside in search of tickets (free passes were distributed via the web). To document fans’ ensuing elation, and gather their two cents on the landmark gig, we sent our reporter Emily Temple out to MSG to chat with those awaiting entry. Watch video of fans sounding off below.