“We haven’t sold many f—ing tickets, have we?” mused Chris Martin from a New York City stage several weeks back. If that sounds like an odd thing for the lead singer of one of the biggest bands in the world to say, I should mention that this particular Coldplay concert was an intentionally cozy affair, put on for just 300 fans at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Oh, Chris, you jokester! The performance was being taped as part of the “Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music” web series, which led Martin to go on: “Can you say ‘f—‘ on Yahoo!?” Coldplay’s full performance will be streaming over at Yahoo! a little later today, at which point we may learn the answer to that important question. We’ll also find out whether or not Yahoo! chooses to broadcast Martin’s next stream-of-consciousness remark: “We would have sold more tickets, but Joe the Plumber is doing a show down the street.” (What, like you didn’t make any “Joe the Plumber” jokes back in late October?)
In the meantime, you can check out two sweet clips from the show below. First, Coldplay gives the people what they want with “Viva La Vida.” And after the jump, the band members answer an audience member’s questions about fame, food, and more. Sadly, none of Martin’s wry patter is in evidence in these clips, but believe me, it was a fun night all around. Coldplay fans, how much do you wish you were there? Or were any of you among the lucky 300?
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