Coldplay's surprise Hamptons show: 5 highlights
The SiriusXM-hosted show benefitted the Wounded Warriors Project
Coldplay have spent the better part of 2016 on the road in support of their seventh studio album, A Head Full Of Dreams, but when their North American East Coast dates wrapped Saturday night in Philadelphia, they didn’t head home. Instead, they went straight to the Hamptons to play a private show benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. Hosted by SiriusXM, the set broadcast live from The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, N.Y. on The Spectrum.
The evening ran just over 75 minutes long and featured a hit-packed setlist along with a celeb-packed guestlist. Here are five highlights, from Real Housewives of New York City drama to a stellar David Bowie cover.
The Stephen Talkhouse’s main room may only fit 125 people but the bar’s featured sets from marquee names like Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffet, Paul Simon, and Paul McCartney during its 30-year tenure, meaning its sound system is up to snuff and the place knows how to throw a party.
The A-list fans
The crowd was just as star-studded as the stage: Christie Brinkley and her look-alike daughter Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook perched in the back of the room, while supermodel Karlie Kloss danced with friends near the middle. Beyonce and Jay-Z did a drive-by appearance, daughter Blue Ivy in tow. Jimmy Buffet and John McEnroe manned the bar and other former supermodel-turned Real Housewife of New York City star Kelly Bensimon made her way to the front. But it was Bethenny Frankel, Bensimon’s Bravo castmate, who very briefly stole the show when she dumped a bottle of water on another patron and left near the halfway point. Were you looking for a perfect Hamptons moment? This was it.
Chris Martin and co. may currently be touring in support of A Head Full of Dreams, but they certainly didn’t make fans wait for the hits. Instead, they treated the sweaty crowd to a murderer’s row of favorite tunes early on, running through “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” “Clocks,” and “Fix You” during the main set and “A Sky Full of Stars” mid-encore.
The dance floor
Speaking of A Head Full of Dreams, when that album released last December, it jarred some longtime fans with its disco flare and club banging beats—and while the older songs got the biggest singalongs, it was the newer fare like the album’s title track and “Hymn For the Weekend” that got the room to boogie.
The David Bowie cover
David Bowie may have turned down an offer to collaborate with Coldplay during his lifetime, but that hasn’t stopped the British band from honoring the late icon on tour this year. As they have elsewhere, the group covered Bowie’s “Heroes” Sunday night. Chris Martin introduced the classic saying, “We’re going to send love out from Amagansett, N.Y. to wherever in the world that needs it.” And while the echo may not have reached recently traumatized cities like Paris or Nice, or the others Martin suggested, it certainly reached the rest of the town. The Talkhouse walls were no match for the sing-along.