You know, I was really excited about going to see Coldplay in concert next week. I really enjoy their music. But then I found out the opening act is Fiona Apple. Having never heard her, I added a "Fiona Apple" station in my Pandora. Good lord, I barely made it through half a song!! It sounded a little like Cher, only worse (and I didn't think it was possible to be worse than Cher). Now I'm curious who could have decided this would be a good opening act for Coldplay, and what could have possibly led them to this conclusion? The only thing I can figure is that after listening to utter crap, Coldplay would sound that much better... As excited as I was about seeing Coldplay, I'm really quite displeased now that I have to sit through Fiona Crapple to hear them -- how long do openers perform, anyway? I don't go to many concerts -- 4 in my entire life (I'm 40), and 2 in the last 15 years. I hardly remember the first two. Of the recent concerts, Prince had a half-decent opening act (someone I had never heard of), and Elton John had no opener. I'm curious if opening acts are always such a hideous mismatch. How are the opening acts chosen? OK, time to go to Walgreens and get some earplugs and barfbags so I'll be prepared to suffer through the opening act!