Coldplay pay tribute to Muhammad Ali during Glastonbury set

The late boxer passed away on June 4

Coldplay have paid tribute to the late Muhammad Ali during their headlining Glastonbury set.

A projection of Ali appeared after a performance of ‘Everglow’, with a clip of Ali being interviewed after a match in 1977.

Ali began: “God is watching me. God don’t praise me because I beat Joe Frazier. God don’t give nothing about Joe Frazier. God don’t care nothing about England or America as far as we aware of.”


Continuing, Ali said: “He wants to know how do we treat each other, how do we help each other. So I’m going to dedicate my life to using my name and popularity to helping charities, helping people, uniting people…..we need somebody in the world to help us all make peace. So when I die, if there’s a heaven, I want to see it.”

The athlete famously suffered from Parkinson’s disease which he battled for the last 32 years of his life. The star died in Phoenix, Arizona after being admitted to hospital on Thursday with respiratory problems.

Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., was considered by many to be the greatest heavyweight boxer in history. He remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion of the world, taking home the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978.

The boxer, often known simply as ‘The Greatest’, left behind nine children – seven daughters and two sons – from his four marriages.