Martin shares that the new Coldplay song is inspired by one rock's best-known riffs. "I’d been begging Jonny our guitarist for years to make a riff that I like as much as 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns N' Roses, then he showed me that one, and I was like, ‘That’s it!’ So those elements all came together, and we just wanted to kind of embrace our love of joyful music and sort of let it free.”
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“We just wanted to make this big, colorful, joyful thing called A Head Full of Dreams. So just after we did that little bit of promo for Ghost Stories the last album, we went right back in [the studio] and didn’t emerge until about a month ago,” he explained. “We toured so much a couple of years before, that I think everyone could see that we were just having a great time in the studio and we had such a clear idea of where we were trying to get to. Everyone was very cool and said, ‘You guys can go back [to the studio]. Our label and all the people that hold the power, they were very kind.”