Perth singer left redfaced after he backtracks on viral Coldplay snub during radio prank
The singer of a local Perth band was left red-faced on Monday after revisiting his viral Coldplay snap during a radio joke.
Callum Kramer, lead singer of The Southern River Band, went viral in August when he posted on his band’s Instagram page that they had “no interest” in opening Coldplay’s recent Perth concerts.
However, the WA native quickly backtracked during a radio prank from KIIS FM’s Will and Woody, in which Woody posed as a recruiter from LiveNation Entertainment.
‘It’s Tom here from LiveNation. I watched a few of your videos earlier this year and thought they were sensational. So listen, I have an idea,” a cheeky Woody began.
‘Coldplay will be doing shows next year. Melbourne, October 30 and 31, and then Sydney on November 6 and 7.
“I was just wondering if there was any chance that you and the boys – given all the attention the video was getting – would warm up to Coldplay?”
Despite firmly declaring in August that his band would never open for the British rockers, Callum immediately returned and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
‘Far away. “I think we can definitely make that happen… I’ll have to speak to our booking agent about that,” he said.
The singer of a local Perth band was left red-faced on Monday after going back on his viral Coldplay snub during a radio joke. In the photo: Coldplay singer Chris Martin
Callum Kramer (pictured), lead singer of The Southern River Band, went viral in August when he posted on his band’s Instagram page that he had ‘no interest’ in opening Coldplay’s recent concerts in Perth.
Woody then asked him why he agreed to do it when he previously said his band wasn’t interested, causing Callum to go back on his earlier claim.
‘It was just the match itself, because of the way they organized it. Music industry experts decide who will essentially support a taxpayer-funded tourism project. We were like, we can turn this around and get some traction,” Callum said.
Woody then revealed his true identity and told Callum that the offer was just a radio joke.
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. In the photo: the southern river band
“Of course I fucking said yes!” I just got punked! I’m hungover and I don’t need this,” a furious Callum responded.
It comes after a small Western Australian band said they are not interested in applying for a chance to support Coldplay during their concerts Down Under.
The British band launched a $15,000 competition looking for the best musical act in WA to open both of their shows.
Coldplay would personally select the winner from a list of finalists drawn up by industry experts.
Despite firmly declaring in August that his band would never perform for the British rockers, Callum immediately returned and seized the false opportunity to open for Coldplay.
But a local rock band, The Southern River Band, unapologetically announced that they had better things to do.
“We got a whole group tagged into this (the competition) today, I really appreciate you guys putting us forward but I’m pretty busy at the moment,” frontman Callum Kramer said in a video shared with the group. Instagram.
‘I don’t know if we’ll succeed. If it was ACDC or the Foo Fighters or something like that, yeah, damn Oath, we could probably make that work. But for Coldplay, um yeah, we’re well thanked.’
The Southern River Band has just over 10,000 followers on Instagram, with some fans applauding the group for their decision as both groups have completely different sounds.
Australian singers Amy Shark and Thelma Plum ended up being the opening acts for the band’s concerts in Perth on November 18 and 19.
Coldplay recently announced they will return to Australia next year to perform in Sydney and Melbourne