Rockers Coldplay plan to turn the second leg of their 2006 winter tour in North America into a supergig by inviting former THE VERVE star Richard Ashcroft to open for them.

Ashcroft joined the group on stage at Live 8 for a version of The Verve's anthem Bittersweet Symphony and will now join the FIX YOU hitmakers on their tour from 20 March (06).

Fiona Apple will support the group on all other dates on the tour, which begins in Vancouver, Canada on 25 January (06).