Singer also played a Coldplay rarity at charity fundraiser
Martin played in Santa Monica with A-Side, a band of 14-15 year olds from the Crossroads School. The concert was part of Chords 2 Cure, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research.
During the gig Martin played Coldplay’s ‘Twisted Logic’ live for the first time ever and ended the set with a cover of Prince’s ‘Raspberry Beret’. “Yesterday I said, ‘Let’s do this song. It’s a very famous Prince song,'” Martin explains. “And they said, ‘We don’t know it. We’ve never heard of it. We’re like 14.'”
Check out footage of ‘Twisted Logic’ and ‘Raspberry Beret’ below:
Many artists have paid tribute to Prince since his death, either on social media or during live performances. Bruce Springsteen opened his New York gig on Saturday by performing a passionate version of ‘Purple Rain’ while Noel Gallagher dedicated ‘Live Forever’ to him during a gig in Glasgow.
Elsewhere Mumford and Sons and The 1975 also made nods to the late star as news of his passing broke. In a statement published on her website, Kate Bush described Prince as “playful” and “mind-blowingly gifted.”
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama stated “Today, the world lost a creative icon” while musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry lead the tributes on social media.