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Jonny Buckland

Background information
Born 11 September 1977 (1977-09-11) (age 32)
Islington, London, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Guitarist, Musician
Instruments Guitars, vocals, keyboards, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Lute, Percussion, Organ, Piano
Labels Parlophone, Capitol
Associated acts Coldplay
Notable instruments
Fender Thinline Telecaster
Fender Jazzmaster
Gibson ES-335
Fender Stratocaster

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


Early life

Buckland was born in Islington, London, and lived there until the age of four, when his family moved to Pantymwyn, North Wales. He was encouraged to enter the music scene by his elder brother, Tim, who is a big fan of My Bloody Valentine.[1] Buckland started playing the guitar at the age of eleven, after being spurred on by The Stone Roses. Buckland attended Alun School in the Welsh town of Mold; moving on to study astronomy and mathematics at University College London, where he also met his future band mates and formed Coldplay. While at University College London, Buckland worked as a school janitor.

Buckland's musical influences include Ride, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.[1][2] He 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.[3][4]

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.

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.”[citation needed] The affection between Martin and Buckland is often evident during live concerts and interviews. Buckland is godfather to Martin's daughter, Apple, along with Simon Pegg. He is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.[5]

Buckland's brother, Tim and his band The Domino State, supported Coldplay at the O2 Arena in December 2008.[6]

Buckland has been in a relationship with longterm girlfriend, Chloe Lee-Evans.[4] They have a daughter Violet,[7] who was born 3 November 2007,[8][9] and reside in London. On 14 November 2009, Buckland and Lee-Evans married at the luxury venue, One Marylebone in London.[10]


  1. ^ a b "The Sound of Coldplay". Dolphin Music. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Coldplay". Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  3. ^ Hamilton, Rob (2008-07-02). "Rob In Stereo - Evading Musical Immortality". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved 2009-03-25. "Guitarist Jonny Buckland sounds as though he is morphing more and more into The Edge from U2." 
  4. ^ a b Ahmad, Sophia (2009-05-07). "Interview with Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Coldplay guitarist: 'I'd give it all up for Tottenham Hotspur'". NME ( 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-11-07. "Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland has admitted that he would give music up for the chance to play for his favourite football team Tottenham Hotspur." 
  6. ^ "No Coldplay split, says North Wales-based mum of guitarist'". Daily Post. 2008-11-28. "Jonny’s brother Tim and his band The Domino State will be supporting Coldplay at one of the 02 concerts." 
  7. ^ "Oracle detail". Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  8. ^ Gross, Michael Joseph (July 2008). "Shine" (Web). Spin. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  9. ^ "Roadie #42 - Blog #48". 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-09. "Aside from this, Detroit's show is notable for a dedication of 'Lovers In Japan' to Jonny's baby. The Detroit show falls on her first birthday." 
  10. ^ "X and why?". The Sun. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 

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