The main purpose of Coldplay’s concert in Los Angeles on Wednesday was to raise money for the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education program.
But it might just be remembered for the band’s touching tribute to their fellow Brit, the late Amy Winehouse.
The Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA’s campus was the venue and the moment in question came at the start of the encore of their 90-minute show. Perhaps inevitably, frontman Chris Martin chose her most well-known hit, “Rehab,” but his sparse, stripped down version put a new spin on the jazz-infused original.
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Martin promptly followed by segueing into his own band’s hit, “Fix You,” which he reportedly wrote for his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, after the death of her father Bruce.
Coldplay has been paying tribute to Winehouse during their shows since her death. In fact, after a recent concert in Australia, they released the following statement about Amy on their website: “There’s little that can be said about Amy Winehouse’s passing that hasn’t already been said. It’s just such a sad waste. We’ll leave aside the awful irony and just let the Aussie choir sing.”
It will be interesting to see if they continue to pay their respects at some of their biggest gigs of the year, including a headlining spot at Lollapalooza at Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday, as well as Austin City Limits on September 16 and Atlanta’s Midtown Music festival on September 24. (via E! Online)