Coldplay Support Jail Reform With LA Show, Including One Song Chris Martin *Really* Doesn't Want on YouTube

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage at the 2020 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO at The Forum on Jan. 18, 2020 in Inglewood, Calif. 

"Please don't tell anyone about this," frontman jokes after the lyrics of "Amsterdam" escape him at MLK Day Hollywood Palladium concert.

While we might not associate UK-based global superstars Coldplay with the prison crisis in Los Angeles, the band's sweeping, uplifting music provided the perfect soundtrack Monday night for the movement of Reform LA Jails -- which campaigns for alternatives to incarceration and prison reform -- at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day concert at the Hollywood Palladium.

The Chris Martin-led group headlined the night, with warm-up sets from previously incarcerated rapper Bobby Gonz, as well as Compton's Boogie, a longtime Reform LA Jails supporter and signee to Eminem's Shady Records.

Below, find highlights from a night that inspired concertgoers to hit the polls in March after hitting the Palladium's dance floor.

Something Old, Something New
The concert was announced as a "celebration of the release of Everyday Life," Coldplay's eighth studio album, so it was a treat that the night's 19-song setlist also included a selection of greatest hits and fan favorites, from the band's lone Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Viva la Vida" to "Sparks," a beloved deep cut from debut album Parachutes.

Budget Cuts
Many of the Coldplay superfans in the room might have last seen the band when they played multiple, confetti-filled nights at Pasadena's Rose Bowl in 2016 and 2017, and Martin was the first to admit that this Palladium underplay was just a little different. After performing X&Y ballad "Fix You," the frontman asked a fan to pass up the balloon bouncing around the crowd. "At the Rose Bowl, we had fireworks, and we had confetti, and we had lasers, and we had 80,000 shining wristbands ... and tonight we're reduced to one, solitary balloon," he laughed. "All of you are witness to the least amount of money we've ever spent on special effects. And we didn't even pay for this one! One of you brought this. So thank you for making our show 100% better with a single balloon."

When They Need a Friend
Some of the night's most electrifying moments came courtesy of a string of guest musicians, including a wildly fun Nigerian brass section led by Fela Kuti's son, Femi Kuti, on saxophone, and also featuring Fela's grandson Made Kuti, who backed the band on Everyday Life's "Arabesque." They also played one of Femi's own songs, "Na Their Way Be That," for which Martin sat out and let the rest of the band jam with the horns. Composer John Metcalfe also led a lovely string section of LA-based musicians that really brought to life the band's delicate songs.

'Please Don't Put This on YouTube'
After enough screamed requests, Martin agreed to attempt A Rush of Blood to the Head fan favorite "Amsterdam" -- though he quickly regretted it when the lyrics escaped him. "Please, don't put this on YouTube," Martin jokingly pleaded to the 5,000-capacity crowd. He attempted to pick it back up but quickly abandoned ship and just shifted to Everyday Life's "When I Need a Friend" instead. "This is just so embarrassing, please don't tell anyone about this."

For a Good Cause
Following a riveting set from recently released rapper Bobby Gonz, actress and activist America Ferrera and Reform LA Jails mastermind Patrisse Cullors, also a Black Lives Matter co-founder, addressed the crowd about Measure R on the March ballot in LA County, which aims to fund rehabilitation and mental health treatment and provides more oversight to the sheriff's department. Shady Records signee Boogie took the stage next to support the cause and move the Coldplay crowd. Find more information about Reform LA Jails here.

Coldplay's setlist at the Hollywood Palladium Reform LA Jails concert:

Trouble in Town
Lovers in Japan
Fix You
Arabesque (with Femi Kuti)
Na Their Way Be That (with Femi Kuti)
Amsterdam (sort of)
When I Need a Friend
Viva la Vida
Cry Cry Cry
A Sky Full of Stars
Champion of the World
Everyday Life


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