Chris Martin says he feels like Noel Gallagher’s ‘little brother who likes ballet’

The Coldplay frontman also describes Bono and Jay Z as mentors

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has told of his “little brother” style friendship with Noel Gallagher, who appears on the track ‘Up&Up’ on Coldplay’s new album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

Coldplay’s seventh album comes out today (December 4), and a UK tour is set to follow the album in June. Martin spoke to The Sun about music’s mentor system, and about some of his experiences recording the album.

Talking of Gallagher, Martin said: “I love Noel. I’m like his little brother who likes ballet. We’ve been blessed over the years to have mentors within music.”

Martin goes on to say he also sees Jay-Z and Bono as mentors, and talks of his appreciation for Merry Clayton, the soul singer who features on ‘Adventures Of A Lifetime’.

“It had been a dream to work with her so we just called her up.” he said of Clayton.

“She came in a wheelchair and did her thing and then said, ‘I just lost my legs.’ We didn’t know. She’d just come out of hospital the week before but was so full of joy, gratitude, love and life.”

Gwyneth Paltrow – Martin’s ex-wife – also features, singing on the track ‘Everglow’, for which she helped write lyrics.

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Coldplay were recently confirmed as the halftime act for the 50th Superbowl, which will take place at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California (home to San Francisco 49ers) on February 7.

Frontman Chris Martin has said ahead of the ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ tour: “I think that not going on tour with [2014 album] ‘Ghost Stories’ was one of the best decisions we ever made, because it gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music. ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ was written as a record to be performed live. We can’t wait to do that.”

Coldplay play the following dates:

Manchester Etihad Stadium (June 4, 5)
Glasgow Hampden Park (June 7)
London Wembley Stadium (June 16,18, 19)