Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said Covid lockdowns forced him to face and reassess his relationship with the celebrity.
“Last year was a real eye-opener,” he told BBC Radio 2. “I was like, ‘Who am I without Wembley Stadium, saying you’re awesome? I’m trying in my life right now not to get too attached to being a pop star. I try not to value myself through external validation. “
Its disclosure comes as the group unveiled their new single, the ’80s-inspired pop song Higher Power, which premiered last night aboard the International Space Station with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet retransmitting the record to Earth. by satellite.
In a video chat, Martin told Pesquet: “At the moment we can’t play for anyone on Earth, so we figured we would play just for you. It’s like our solo concert.
The single is Coldplay’s first collaboration with Swedish record producer Max Martin, which the singer said was a humiliating experience and which the hitmaker forced them to ‘elevate our game’.
Martin regaled the lengths the group had to travel to record together during the pandemic, adding, “We had to find countries we could enter with permission and then be in a recording bubble – and we did it three. . or four times.
“We tried to play by the rules and get together when possible, but only when we weren’t going to be thrown in jail.”
Coldplay will open the Brit Awards next week from a barge in the middle of the Thames, and on May 22 will play at Glastonbury, which will be televised live this year.
“We’re going to put on a great show – and no one will be there!” Said Martin.