The pair first met when Coldplay chose to record their new album in Liverpool. At last night’s show at the Liverpool Mountfield Hall (June 20). Martin and McCulloch worked through a version of David Bowie‘s ‘Lips Like Sugar’.
Martin introduced his new friend as “one of the greatest exports this city has ever produced…and it’s not Michael Owen”.
Speaking previously to NME.COM, Martin revealed that he even donned McCulloch’s trademark raincoat when he recorded new single ‘In My Place’.
“Mac being in Liverpool was great,” he said. “He’s from Liverpool. We met in the bar, which was right next to the studio. We just bumped into each other.
“I’ve met various people who’ve made me more and more at peace with what I do musically with my friends. Tim Wheeler, Danny McNamara and other people, but with Mac because he’s so infamous and he’s so as you expect when you meet him, all cigarettes and sunglasses you’re shit-scared for a bit, but then you realise that what’s driving him is the same as what’s driving you and your band.
“What I love about Ian, and obviously I love the David Bowie and I love his singing, but also he’s not scared of anyone. He certainly doesn’t show it anyway. Whereas I’d say, ‘I’ve met [/a]
‘, he’d say, ‘No, no, no. It’s [a] met me.'” I thought, ‘Right, yeah.'”
‘In My Place’‘ is released on August 12, followed by the album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’‘ on August 26.