Coldplay’s Chris Martin is the latest performer to take on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Exuding a great sense of happiness and excitement, Martin highlighted some tracks from off the band’s most recent album and covered a beloved Prince song.
Martin, accompanied by a nine-piece choir, opened the concert with “Cry Cry Cry” from Everyday Life, before transitioning to a gospel-infused take on “Viva La Vida.” With Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland at his side and For Love Choir behind him, Martin played off of the crowd, laughing and bouncing to the music. “Martin and company gave one of the most jubilant, uplifting and memorable performances we’ve ever had at the Tiny Desk,” NPR’s Robin Hilton said.
Joined by the choir, Martin performed a cover of Prince’s “1999,” the title track from Prince’s 1982 studio album. The upbeat performance engaged the entire room, as Martin and company danced and clapped to the music. Martin ended the performance with Everyday Life track “Champion Of The World.” The entire set was executed to showcase the band’s love of community through music.
Watch Coldplay’s entire performance on NPR in the video above.
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