Coldplay Covers Kate Bush and ABBA With Steve Coogan

August 21, 2022 - Uncategorized

Coldplay have been bringing out special guests during their six-night stint at Wembley Stadium, and during their penultimate show the band brought out comedian Steve Coogan — in character as Alan Partridge.

Also joined by musicians Jacob Collier and Nicole Lawrence, the makeshift supergroup covered ABBA‘s “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).” (“I liked her before anyone else,” Partridge noted before diving into the song, poking fun of the song’s resurgence thanks to Stranger Things.) Chris Martin gave the actor his mic during the performance, opting to strum his acoustic guitar and sing backup.

Watch fan-shot footage of the ABBA cover here and Kate Bush cover below.


Coogan wasn’t the only comedian Coldplay invited on stage. Before the pair of covers, Simon Pegg joined the band for “A Sky Full of Stars.” About a minute into the song, Martin stopped the music. After apologizing to the crowd, he said, “we just got in trouble for not introducing our tambourine player. He’s our brother, and we love him so much.”

The camera then panned to Pegg, and the audience erupted into applause. Before starting the song over, Martin asked if everyone could put their phones away and really be in the moment. Of course, not everyone listened, so you can watch footage from that performance, too.


Coldplay’s sixth and final Wembley show is happening tonight, before the band continues on its world tour.

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