Chris Martin Explains How Guns N' Roses Influenced New Coldplay Album 'A Head Full of Dreams'

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on Jan. 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Coldplay’s Chris Martin recently sat down with SiriusXM’s Jeff Regan about the band’s upcoming album A Head Full of Dreams, including the first single “Adventure of a Lifetime,” which premieres today.

“When we finished [the song], we were like, ‘Okay we are probably ready to come out again.’ This is one of those songs that brings everything else together on a project,” he said of the single. “I’m not really on it that much -- I sing a bit and play a bit of piano -- but it’s really the rest of the band on form. It makes me happy to listen to it.”

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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.”