Pair pay tribute to the late music icon with piano-led rendition
After Bowie passed away in January, Coldplay revealed that they once asked to collaborate with him but he turned them down, arguing that the song in question “wasn’t very good”.
Now Martin has recorded a cover of Bowie’s 1971 hit ‘Life On Mars’ backstage at Fallon’s Tonight Show. The clip jokingly claims the rendition to be impromptu, with Martin playing piano and Fallon singing the vocals.
The Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas also makes a cameo for the guitar solo. Fallon ends the segment by joking “Well, you keep working on it”. Watch beneath.
Coldplay recently discussed the death of David Bowie, with guitarist Jonny Buckland telling NME: “I felt incredibly sad when I heard David Bowie had died. We’ve all loved his music for as long as we’ve known about music.”
Drummer Will Champion continued: “When you have any involvement in music he was one of the points of reference for absolutely everything, for genres and for how to be a rockstar or a popstar or whatever it was. Completely defining that. So for musicians it’s quite disorienting.”
Champion also describes how Chris Martin sent him a letter asking to work together, to which Bowie replied, “It’s not a very good song, is it?”