Coldplay's return to Singapore in March and April 2017 has us reminiscing on 5 of our favourite performances
It's official: Coldplay has uploaded a teaser of the countries they'll be performing in Asia, and our dear old Singapore's on the list. The five-piece band is currently on their A Head Full of Dreams tour, where they've had supporting acts such as Lianne La Havas, Foxes, Birdy and Alessia Cara tagging along. Frontman Chris Martin and the boys were last here in 2009 for the Viva La Vida tour, where they performed at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Before their show, warm up to some of our favourite Coldplay performances.
1. Best early performance: Don't Panic at Glastonbury Festival, 2000
"I don't know if any of you heard of us, but we're called Coldplay. And it's great that you come to see us now, before we go Bon Jovi-massive, you know," piped Martin before he launched into Don't Panic. The Glastonbury crowd were a lucky bunch indeed — Coldplay would go to become as massive as Martin predicted, performing at the festival six times.
2. Best unexpected cover: Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out Of My Head at Glastonbury Festival, 2005
While the band has been doing a cover of David Bowie's Heroes for their A Head Full Dreams tour this year, we sometimes wish that the boys would smash out Kylie Minogue's classic once in a while. For better for worse, Can't Get You Out Of My Head's an earworm that even Coldplay themselves couldn't escape from — and it's the choice of this deliriously dancy, pop cover that makes them so unpredictable.
3. Best stripped down performance: Wedding Bells at anApple event, 2010
We love a good piano-only performance. Not only does it showcase Martin's pained vocals on the saddest of Coldplay's songs (True Love, anyone?), he also seems to get more intimate before each song, letting us in on a backstory. In the case of Wedding Bells, an unreleased song supposedly for their fifth album Mylo Xyloto, people have speculated that the tearjerker was a warning sign for his then-marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow.
4. Best sorrowful show: 'Til Kingdom Come at Beau Biden's funeral, 2015
We never thought we'd string the words "best" and "sorrowful" one after another, but that's perhaps one way to describe this heart-wrenching performance by Martin. Singing 'Til Kingdom Come (from their X&Y record) at Beau Biden's — the son of America's vice president Joe Biden — funeral, the frontman gave a tribute to the late attorney, officer and politician who was a longtime fan of the band. 5. Best guest stars: Up & Up with Apple and Moses Martin at Glastonbury Festival, 2016
Coldplay have had some top billing acts share their stage from the likes of Kylie Minogue, Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars to Beck and Jay-Z — but nothing quite beats the "aww" factor of having your own children (and close friend Simon Pegg's) on stage. Martin's kids Apple and Moses sang along to the chorus of Up & Up as his former other half of the conscious couple snapped pictures from the side of the stage.
Coldplay will be performing on 1 April 2017 at the National Stadium. Tickets go on sale on 21 November, 10am at Sports Hub Tix. For more news and features on music, click here.