Coldplay Ready Free Single & Concerts, Reveal Album Art

April 28, 2008 10:35 AM ET

Coldplay refurbished their website this weekend as they prepare for the release of their new album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. First, Chris Martin and the gang will allow fans to download first single "Violet Hill" for free starting tomorrow at 12:15pm U.K. time (7:15am EST.) The single will only be available for free for one week. Additionally, Coldplay will play two free concerts, including one on June 23rd at New York's Madison Square Garden. Details on how to get tickets to the MSG show and the free show at London's Brixton Academy will be announced soon. The band also revealed the album art for Viva La Vida: a defaced version of Eugene Delacroix's 1830 masterpiece Liberty Leading the People with half the album title scrawled in white graffiti.

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