Coldplay Covers Prince Classic “1999” with Nine Piece Choir
Rock band Coldplay were the latest guests to rock the mic on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. The band had brought along a nine-piece backing choir for the performance.
The group performed three songs which appear on their latest album Everyday Life, “Cry Cry Cry,” “Broken” and “Champion of the World.” “Viva La Vida” was the only older track Coldplay performed, in addition to they performed a Prince cover of “1999.”
Chris Martin of Coldplay plays the keys and handles lead vocals, while Jonny Buckland on the guitar. Martin joked that, “In a very real way, they’ve Photoshopped our songs to be much better than they actually are.” Martin commented that the band hasn’t done much promotion for Everyday Life. “We’ve been trying to stay in semi-hibernation,” he said, “but coming out for something like Tiny Desk is so pure,” he said, “it makes us feel like ‘oh that’s why we do what we do.”
The nine vocalists that make up the backing choir are Shaneka Hamilton, Dorian Holley, Denise Green, Stephen Mackey, Lamarcus Eldridge, Lawrence Young, Surrenity Xyz, Tiffany Smith, and Mabvuto Carpenter.
Coldplay’s Everyday Life is available on all major streaming platforms. Watch the performance below.