Jonathan Mark Buckland

born on 11/9/1977 in Islington, England, United Kingdom

Alias Jonny Buckland

Jonny Buckland

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Jonny Buckland

Jonathan Mark "Jonny" Buckland (born 11 September 1977) is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist of the band Coldplay.

Early life

Buckland was born in Islington, London. He lived there until the age of four when his family moved to Pantymwyn, North Wales.[1] Jonny started playing the guitar at the age of eleven, after being spurred on by The Stone Roses, Ride, George Harrison, U2, and My Bloody Valentine, while being encouraged by his older brother Tim.[1] He was a student at Ysgol y Waun and Alun School, the later located in the Welsh town of Mold; moving on to study astronomy and mathematics at University College London, where he also met his future band matesChris Martin, Guy Berryman Will Champion and Phil Harvey and formed Coldplay.

Buckland is noted for his sparse arrangements and use of slide. His stylistic chiming and ringing sound have led to some comparisons with the playing of U2's The Edge.[2][3]

Solo work

Buckland has guested on Ian McCulloch's solo album Slideling and made a cameo appearance with band mate Chris Martin in the film Shaun of the Dead.

Guitar style

Buckland largely uses the Telecaster Thinline 72' as his primary electric guitar, as seen mainly in the albums Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, X&Y, and Mylo Xyloto. Buckland uses the Fender Stratocaster for his secondary guitar, but he has made clear that the Telecaster series is his favorite. Buckland's guitar style is mainly based on U2's The Edge's guitar sound, which consists mainly of ringing, conservative notation, various amps and distorters, and musical rawness. Buckland's guitar-playing style has inspired many other bands to adopt a similar technique, such as The Fray's Joe King, The Killers, and Pat Monahan from Train on some songs. The Edge himself stated in an interview at Glastonbury: "[Jonny Buckland] is an inspiration to guitar players everywhere, and I am proud to know that I was one of his main influences. (laughs) It makes me feel like a real rock star."

Personal life

Chris Martin often refers to him as "Jonny Boy" during live concerts, particularly if Buckland is about to do a solo or a long riff. Martin has said, "There would be no Coldplay music without Jonny Buckland."[4] The affection between Martin and Buckland is often evident during live concerts and interviews. Buckland is the godfather to Martin's daughter, Apple. He is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.[5]

Buckland was a vegetarian for some time, but eventually gave up after spending some time in Japan and, after not being able to communicate that he didn't eat meat, was served beef and found that he really liked it.[6]

Buckland's brother Tim and his band The Domino State supported Coldplay at the O2 in December 2008.[7]

Buckland married Chloe Evans in 2009. They had a daughter, Violet, in 2007, and a son named Jonah in 2011.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Williams, Martin (2009-08-31). "There'd be no Coldplay without Jonny Buckland".
  2. Hamilton, Rob, Rob In Stereo - Evading Musical Immortality, Jackson Free Press, 2008-07-02. URL accessed on 2009-03-25.
  3. Ahmad, Sophia, Interview with Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland, The Des Moines Register, 2009-05-07. URL accessed on 2009-05-19.
  4. {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}
  5. Coldplay guitarist: 'I'd give it all up for Tottenham Hotspur', NME, 2008-10-23. URL accessed on 2008-11-07.
  6. Boombox All Access - Coldplay, 'Boombox'. URL accessed on 2011-12-31.
  7. No Coldplay split, says North Wales-based mum of guitarist', Daily Post, 2008-11-28.

External links

Chris Martin | Jon Buckland | Guy Berryman | Will Champion
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