Coldplay performed this morning on the Today Show Toyota Concert Series. The dudes took to the outdoor stage to perform five of their hits including their newest single "Paradise" among old favorites like "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," "Viva La Vida" and "Fix You."
I love "Fix You." Without fail, that song always reminds me of TV Hospital Dramas.
Chris Brown fronted the band, decked out like he's going through some kind of mid-life crisis in a bright blue t-shirt, yellow watch, and shoes with pink and blue laces. However, the stage was also similarly graffitied in the same colors. When Today Show host Matt Lauer asked the band what's with the stage graffiti, Chris said, "It's just random and fun. It's us throwing caution to the wind."
Coldplay WOULD describe art-full graffiti as "throwing caution to the wind." They are the tamest rock band in history. I wonder if Radiohead ever feels like Coldplay out-mellowed them?
Then, the brand treated audiences with a performance of their new song, "Charlie Brown" which hasn't been leaked or officially released, so this was a world premiere! However, if you missed the performance, you didn't miss much. Just imagine every other Coldplay song you've ever heard and then change the lyrics and you've got "Charlie Brown." Hey, I'm just calling it like I hear it.
Here are the highlights of Chris Martin's interview, err I mean, "Coldplay" interview with Matt Lauer.
When Matt asked about the meaning behind their enunciation-challenged album titled, "Mylo Xyloto," Martin responded, "It doesn't really mean anything. We probably should have worked out what we were going to say before we went on national TV."
Yeah, probably. But for all the fan girls, it gave them a chance to giggle and for Coldplay it gave them a chance to make "jokes."
Coldplay is considered to be one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. When Lauer approached this question, Martin responded, "We made that up. We only sold 12 copies."
I love it when mega-successful musicians are self-deprecating about their fame. He and Gwyneth Paltrow must have some kind of "opposites attract" kind of appeal.
Even though this band is very commercially successful, they say that they have to keep proving themselves, album after album. "We have everything to prove every time. It doesn't matter what happened in the past, you have to try now."
The guys also performed for the employees of Apple for a memorial for Steve Jobs. If you remember, one of the biggest itunes commercials back in 2008 was essentially a Coldplay music video for "Viva La Vida."
Coldplay and Norah Jones both performed at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California in a ceremony that Coldplay described as "beautiful and heartfelt."