Chris Martin is determined to let his fans know that he did indeed come up with the song Viva La Vida. He and Coldplay were served with a lawsuit last week by guitarist Joe Satriani, who is accusing them of stealing the song from him. Joe says Coldplay copied segments of his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly, and that’s how they came up with Viva La Vida.
Chris is so insistent on proving Satriani wrong that he’s even given up private details on how he came up with the hit song. He tells NME he even remembers exactly when he came up with the song. He says, "When these things happen it’s a coincidence and we’re as surprised by it as anybody else. Oh, I know exactly where the song came from. It came in the middle of the night, on a piano. I just get embarrassed about having to talk about these things. I do feel a bit upset about it because I wrote the song. But, you know, these things happen. Whatever will be will be."
Satriani filed his suit last week in a Los Angeles federal court, seeking damages and profits from the Viva La Vida track. Check out this YouTube video that compares both songs side by side. You be the judge! Did Coldplay copy Joe Satriani, or is just just a coincidence as Chris Martin says?