Those who like to expend energy hating the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show headliners are likely to find new reason to expend this coming weekend. On Friday, when the latest issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands, Chris Martin will be looking out at them from the cover.
When it comes to the rancor heaped by some on Coldplay, we agree with Hardeep Phull. This morning, the New York Post entertainment writer sums up that sentiment as follows:
Hating Coldplay is what you do when you’re desperate to be hip, but can’t be bothered to actually do the work. It’s cultural hearsay, parroted by musical dunces. And it’s the best way to show you actually know nothing about the band, what they do and how they do it.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, the funniest thing we read about this general topic was in a CBS News report by Anthony Mason. When the reporter caught up with Coldplay as they were rehearsing at the Sony Pictures lot in Los Angeles, Martin stated that the band has learned to live with the inordinate amount of hate and also recalled an exchange with the recently departed David Bowie:
Martin says he once asked Bowie to play on a song that had come to him in a dream: “He was so wonderfully humorous and kind in his dismissal! We were on the phone, and I said, ‘What do you think about this?’ He said, ‘Oh, it’s not one of your best, Chris.’ And that was it.”
“And what were you thinking?”
“I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right. This is sh*t!'” Martin laughed. “But at least I can say we sort of worked together!”
Interestingly enough, in the Rolling Stone cover story, Martin remembers the similar way Beyonce turned down his song “Hook Up.” Seriously, pop superstars don’t come much nicer than this bloke.