Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” world tour will begin at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center June 29 and extend well into 2009, has learned.

The band will play free concerts in London (June 16 at the Brixton Academy) and New York (June 23 at Madison Square Garden).

Information on how to win tickets to these shows will be available at the band’s website ( beginning Friday.

The tour includes a stop at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place on Oct. 21, one of roughly 50 North American dates.