NEW YORK — Thousands of Coldplay fans wrapped around a dark Rockefeller Plaza on Friday morning (October 21) waiting to get into the group’s “Today” show performance.
While most woke up before sunrise, some even camped out overnight to catch the seven-time Grammy-winning band perform. Coldplay satisfied their fans’ hunger, performing past hits like “Fix You” and “Viva la Vida” along with new singles “Paradise” and “Every Tear Drop Is a Waterfall.”
Two early birds from Long Island missed part of their school day to catch the free show. “We woke up at 4 a.m., missed the train, took another train,” Rebecca Monachelli, 17, said. When asked if her parents were aware, the teen laughed, “My mom was the one who suggested to come here today!”
A spray-painted set, in the identical colors of Coldplay’s new album cover, lit up the plaza as dawn approached. When “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer asked about the set, frontman Chris Martin admitted, “It’s just random and fun. It’s just us throwing caution to the wind, we know it looks kind of amateur, but it comes from the heart.”
The band’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, due Tuesday, is said to be the band’s most electronic album yet.
MTV News took to the plaza to talk with fans and test their ability to pronounce the album title. Most fans laughed as they stumbled over the words Mylo Xyloto, while others confidently let it out.
When the band was asked about the meaning behind the title, Martin said, “It doesn’t really mean anything. It just means a group of four English people who are trying to come up with something that had no other association … one day hopefully it’ll mean something.”
Lauer quoted the band from a New York Times article, in which Martin had been quoted, “We came up with the idea of, what if you had musical digits, like xylo toes?”
Martin smiled before responding, “I said that, but now I don’t mean that anymore. We’re still trying to figure out what to say. We should have figured it out before we came on national TV.”
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