The vocalist for a local Perth band was left redfaced on Monday after he backtracked on his viral Coldplay snub during a radio prank.
Callum Kramer, vocalist for The Southern River Band, went viral in August when he posted on his band’s Instagram page that they had ‘no interest’ in opening for Coldplay’s recent Perth concerts.
However, the WA native quickly backtracked during a radio prank by KIIS FM’s Will and Woody, in which Woody posed as a recruiter from LiveNation Entertainment.
‘It’s Tom here from LiveNation. I saw a couple of your videos earlier this year, and I thought they were sensational. So listen, I’ve had an idea,’ a cheeky Woody began.
‘Coldplay are going to be doing gigs next year. Melbourne, October 30th 31st, and then Sydney November 6th and 7th.
‘I was just wondering if there was any chance of you and the boys – off the back of all that exposure that video got – warming up for Coldplay?’
Despite firmly stating in August that his band would never open for the British rockers, Callum immediately backtracked and jumped at the opportunity.
‘Far out. I reckon we’d be able to make that happen for sure… I’ve just got to speak to our booking agent about that,’ he said.
The vocalist for a local Perth band was left redfaced on Monday after he backtracked on his viral Coldplay snub, during a radio prank. Pictured: Coldplay singer Chris Martin
Callum Kramer (pictured), vocalist for The Southern River Band, went viral in August when he posted on his band’s Instagram page that he had ‘no interest’ in opening for Coldplay’s recent Perth concerts
Woody then asked him why he agreed to do it when he previously said his band wasn’t interested, which saw Callum backtrack on his prior claim.
‘It was just the competition itself because the way that they were running it. Music industry experts decide who’s going to be supporting essentially a taxpayer funded tourism thing. We were like, we can spin this and get a bit of traction,’ Callum said.
Woody then revealed his true identity and told Callum the offer was just a radio prank.
However, the WA native quickly backtracked during a radio prank by KIIS FM’s Will and Woody, in which they posed as a recruiter from LiveNation Entertainment. Pictured: The Southern River Band
‘Of course I f***ing said yes! I’ve just been punked! I’m hungover and do not need this,’ a furious Callum responded.
It comes after a small West Australian band said they’ve got no interest in putting themselves forward for a chance to support Coldplay at their concerts Down Under.
The UK band launched a $15,000 competition seeking out the best musical act in WA to open both of their shows.
Coldplay would personally pick the winner themselves from a list of finalists created by industry experts.
Despite firmly stating in August that his band would never open for the British rockers, Callum immediately backtracked and jumped at the fake opportunity to open for Coldplay
But one local rock band, The Southern River Band, unapologetically announced they’ve got better things to do.
‘We’ve been getting tagged in this (the competition) a whole bunch today, really appreciate you guys putting us forward but um pretty f***ing busy at the minute,’ frontman Callum Kramer said in a video shared to the group’s Instagram.
‘Don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it. If it was ACDC or the Foo Fighters or something like that then yep, f***ing oath, we’d probably be able to make that work. But for Coldplay, um yeah we’re good thanks.’
The Southern River Band has just over 10,000 followers on Instagram, with some fans applauding the group on their decision given both groups have vastly different sounds.
Australian singers Amy Shark and Thelma Plum ended up being the opening acts for the band’s Perth concerts on November 18 and 19.
Coldplay recently announced they will return to Australia next year to perform in Sydney and Melbourne
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