I watched the Coldplay set at Glastonbury, mud and Tom Watson-free from the sofa, on BBC 2 last night. They are masters of the powerful emotional gesture.
Last night, for instance, Coldplay performed a cover of Viola Beach’s “Boys That Sing” during their set as a tribute to the late English band.
In Sweden on their first world tour in February, the four members of Viola Beach—Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin—and their manager Craig Tarry plunged into a canal in a tragic car crash.
Chris Martin said to the crowd that Viola Beach “reminded us of us, and of all the other bands that come through here—the excitement and the joy and the hope—and we really felt that in them.”
Coldplay then performed Viola Beach’s “Boys That Sing,” as an attempt as Martin put it “to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song.”
He added, speaking to Viola Beach: “This is what maybe would have been you in twenty years … I hope we do your song justice.”
A couple of weeks ago there was another story about Coldplay on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. Have a listen to this one. It’s short. It’s hard not to be moved.