Coldplay know how to construct sweeping anthems, and they’re also pretty good at multi-tasking. Last night, they played a concert at UCLA (their first in the United States this year) that doubled as a benefit for the Grammy Foundation’s “Grammy in the Schools” program. On top of that, two of the evening’s tunes were broadcast on last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
With typical Colplayian majesty, Chris Martin and his cohorts blew through a new song called “Charlie Brown” as well as a live rendition of the single “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” Both sounded sharp and crisp (the band has been honing their chops on the road in Europe), and they look ready to blow away the masses who will gather this weekend in Chicago for Lollapalooza, where Coldplay will headline on Friday night.
Give a listen to both the live version of “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” and the new track “Charlie Brown” (both of which will appear on Coldplay’s still-untitled fifth studio album, out this fall) after the jump.
Interestingly, Kimmel reminded the crowd that Coldplay was actually the very first band to ever play the host’s show way back in 2003. When asked what they’ve been up to since then, Martin joked, “Will works at FedEx, and the rest of us run a pet shop.” We knew from his appearance on Extras that Martin could be funny, but is he this funny all the time?
Coldplay’s 90 minute set also included a tribute to Amy Winehouse, as Martin dropped a bit of “Rehab” into the opening moments of “Fix You” during the concert’s encore.
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