Coldplay, Killers, Take That and U2 perform for War Child

Super-groups join forces in post-Brits charity performance

Coldplay, Chris Martin, music, celebrity news, Marie Claire
Coldplay, Chris Martin, music, celebrity news, Marie Claire
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Super-groups join forces in post-Brits charity performance

Coldplay and The Killers – joined by special guests U2 and Take That – played a rare joint gig in London this week to raise awareness for War Child.

Coldplay and Take That’s Gary Barlow teamed up at the 02 Shepherd's Bush Empire for a special performance of Back For Good, with Chris Martin declaring it would cheer him up after leaving the Brits empty-handed.

‘I think everyone agrees that the band to see at the moment is Take That,’ he declared.

‘We've just got back from Japan, lost all the Brits, it's been a shit day frankly, but it's going to get better. Please welcome Mr. Gary Barlow!’

Then, The Killers and Bono joined Coldplay on-stage to perform All These Things That I’ve Done.

Earlier, Coldplay had performed their own set, kicking off with Life in Technicolour and Violet Hill, before a rousing version of In My Place.

‘Should we play this one or is it a bit commercial?’ joked the singer before launching into 2000 hit Yellow.

Speaking after the show the three frontmen, Bono, Brandon Flowers, and Chris Martin, praised the night and War Child - who release new charity album Heroes this week.

Tonight was such an honour, it was one of the most exciting gigs we've ever played,’ declared Flowers, while Martin added: ‘We couldn't have imagined that we'd make this work. The fact that the money raised from tickets have enabled War Child to extend the reach of their work is astonishing.’

Bono concluded: ‘War Child's work is vital and being able to have a moment with Brandon and Chris tonight is a salute to an awesome night for them.'


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