Check out our exclusive photo diary of Coldplay’s massive world tour

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to travel the world with one of the biggest bands on the planet? ‘Of course you have! As Coldplay embarks on a world tour in support of poptastic latest album ‘Music of the Spheres’ (dubbed ‘a heavenly beauty’ in our four-star review), bassist Guy Berryman has shared an exclusive tour diary – comprised of photos which he personally took and organized – with NME. Revel in the wonder of the band’s first dates in Costa Rica and Mexico, before he, Jonny (guitar), Will (drums) and Chris (vocals, keyboards, good vibes) sailed the right ship ‘Play in the United States, Europe and beyond.

Straightforward, dazzling and told in Guy’s own words, it’s your pass to all walks of life on the road with true giants of 21st century music. Jordan Bassette

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Self-portrait, wearing one of the touring t-shirts I designed

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Jonny on stage B, minutes before doors on opening night. Costa Rica was the perfect place to start the tour, especially since 99% of their national grid is renewable energy

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Here’s our fifth member/creative director/dear friend Phil Harvey chatting with Chris about the show

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Last rehearsals. The view from my position on stage

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Jonny with his glow-in-the-dark guitar. He’s such an attention seeker

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Lighting programming in Costa Rica. No matter how prepared you are, there’s always plenty to do in the last 36 hours before the first show.

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Under the stage with Will. This space is bigger than most venues we played in from 1998 to 2001

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The front row in Monterrey, Mexico. Fans of those early shows have been amazing. They turbocharged the whole tour

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Every fan who comes to our concerts wears an LED wristband, which literally makes them part of the show. We’ve been using the wristbands for a decade now, but you never realize the incredible spectacle they create (shown here in Monterrey)

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It’s amazing to be back in the world playing music for the people

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Chris in the spotlight, Monterrey

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