Coldplay rocked the Today Show with a live outdoor concert in the rain. It may not have been a sunny day but as the video and photos reveal it was a fabulous and spirited performance from the band that at Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
Yes, that was Coldplay as headliners although their appearance on the halftime show was completely overshadowed by Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ song, performance and controversial police protest. And Bruno Mars alongside Mark Ronson performing their international smash hit brought some non-controversial exuberance to the field.
The multi-Grammy winning British band is celebrating their 20th year this year, as they were formed in 1996 and they’ve just released their seventh album, ‘A Head Full of Dreams,’ to critical acclaim and some surprising musical collaborators, not least a sample of President Obama singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at the funeral of Charleston, SC church pastor Clementa C. Pinckney. The album has gone platinum in several countries including the UK and Australia.
Now they were back on television a couple of months later in New York City at Rockefeller Center at The Plaza performing before a massive audience festooned with umbrellas. For a band known for their use of kaleidoscope colors in staging, this was an un-planned for burst of color.
But that’s to be expected in March, many weeks away from the kickoff of the summer concert series. In a brief interview in between performances, frontman Chris Martin spoke with co-anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about what it was like rehearsing pre-dawn for the rainy concert, and he said, “We haven’t seen each other in a week, so we’re happy to be back together as friends.” He went on to say, “Any time someone jumps up, it makes us feel pretty great. That’s the truth.”
As for that Super Bowl performance with the aforementioned, scene-stealing guests, he said, “The whole thing was just an amazing experience in friendship, and togetherness and all that kind of thing.”
Coldplay delivered a rousing three song set for the umbrella-toting audience: “Hymn for the Weekend,” “A Sky Full of Stars,” and “Up&Up.”
Below, you can see pictures plus the full video of Coldplay’s live concert in the rain on the Today Show!