The band perform two songs on the legendary US comedy show...

COLDPLAY warmed up for tonight’s (April 9) performance at NEW YORK’s ROSELAND BALLROOM by making an appearance on the prestigious US comedy show ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ over the weekend.

The band played two songs on the show, hosted by Alec Baldwin. The first was a subdued rendition of the band’s biggest UK hit ‘Yellow’, which has also brought the group to national consciousness both on MTV and on American radio.

Later in the episode, they returned to play the brief ‘Don’t Panic’, which saw frontman Chris Martin perform a harmonica solo, as well as handling vocal and rhythm guitar duties.

While fans may have been relieved to hear that Martin’s voice was up to the task of handling the song in light of the band’s decision to cancel their forthcoming European tour, Coldplay were still upstaged by the appearance of another, surprise musical guest on the show – Kid Rock.

Rock didn’t actually perform any songs on ‘Saturday Night Live’, but he did pop in during ‘Weekend Update’, the show’s satirical weekly news segment, along with comedian David Spade. The two were plugging their new film, ‘Joe Dirt’.

While Kid Rock did his best to take on the role of showbiz news reader, Spade, in turn, did his best impression of the rap-rock icon, screaming and strutting onto the news desk.

At the end of the show, both Coldplay and Kid Rock joined the cast and crew onstage for the traditional on-camera mixing that concludes each episode.

Coldplay return to the UK later in the month for a series of previously announced, sold-out shows. The band will then return to the US in May for a more comprehensive tour, which calls at: Boston Avalon (May 24)

Atlanta Tabernacle (30)

Philadelphia Electric Factory (June 2)

Montreal Metropolis (4)

Toronto Warehouse (5)

Detroit State Theater (7)

Chicago Aragon Ballroom (8)

Dallas Bronco Bowl (10)

Austin Backyard (11)

Denver Fillmore (13)

Salt Lake City Bricks (14)

Portland Arelene Schnitzer Theater (16)

Vancouver Orpheum Theater (17)

Seattle Benaroya Hall (18)

San Francisco Warfield (20)

New York Radio City Music Hall (27)