Lead and backing vocals, bass
Nicolaus Copernicus Appleby was already a well-established rock star when Coldplay was still in short pants. Born in a cheap flat in the seedy sheep-mining village of Flensing Minor, Nick longed for the time when he could break free of his working-class roots and rise to the heady heights of his musical idol, Enoch Powell. After some grim times in Sheffield in the late '70s as the rhythm glockenspieler for a fledgling Def Leppard, Nick finally broke into the big time when his skiffle act, Bag of Weasels, appeared on “Top of the Pops.” Unfortunately, the band was not actually scheduled to appear (to the consternation of BBC security) and, after an embarrassing stint in court, Nick's meteoric rise was followed by an equally meteoric fall back into obscurity.
Fun facts about Nick
Lead and backing vocals, guitars
Born on the cusp of autumn, 1962, in Dallas, Texas. A year later, JFK was shot and Russell was forced to move to San Antonio by the Warren Commission. There he grew up, in the shadow of the Alamo, assuming the Alamo's shadow could reach several miles northward, over the tops of skyscrapers, and all the way to the airport. He made friends, and some enemies. He loved, and he lost. He started off naïve and ignorant, journeyed northward and grew wise beyond his years, and finally made his way back to “naïve and ignorant.” And there he sits today.
Fun facts about Russell
Lead guitar, backing vocals
Gerry can play the guitar really well. He has many guitars and amplifiers with which to make the other band members jealous. But he is funny and likes to do bendy notes, which conjures forth our apelike laughter.