Coldplay frontman Chris Martin shared a wonderful moment with Singaporean fans after their band suffered a technical issue during their kick-off concert in the city-state on Tuesday night.
What happened: Martin’s piano malfunctioned as he was singing the first few lines of Coldplay’s song “The Scientist” at the Singapore National Stadium on Tuesday night, where 52,000 fans reportedly attended. It is unclear what exactly caused the issue.
Special moment: Despite the hiccup, Martin and the rest of the band decided to press on with the show. A video shared by a fan on TikTok shows Martin on stage telling the audience, “We'll be fine if it (the piano) stops working. We could do this with a guitar, too.”
He then invites his band members to join him on his workaround.
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“We've never done this before,” he says. “It's me and you man, and 60,000 amazing Singaporeans.”
What fans are saying: Fans had mixed responses to the concert overall. One started a Reddit thread to express their disappointment about features at the concert venue, including audio quality that had a “very heavy echo” and the use of “fake laser fireworks” instead of real ones.
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Another fan also complained about bad audio, writing, “Like the vocals can feel really drowned out and echoey. And from what I've seen online this is a longstanding issue with this venue.”
Despite such flaws, others pointed out that they got to share a special moment with the band due to those problems. “Think about it, how many times have they played The Scientist with a guitar? You got a very unique experience that you will always remember for years to come,” one commented,
About the concert: Coldplay is performing in Singapore until Jan. 31 as part of their world tour. This is the fourth time the band held a concert in the city-state, with previous ones held in 2001, 2006 and 2009. The band’s latest concert broke the record for the most sold tickets in a day when presales began in June 2023.
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After their Singapore concert, the band will head to Bangkok for a two-day concert before flying to Athens.
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