US Magazine always proclaims “Stars — they’re just like us!” before showing, say, an angry Liev Schreiber attempting to sneak out of Starbucks, unnoticed. So of course, we never really believe it.
But last week in London, sans any pesky paparazzi, Coldplay leader Chris Martin and his missus, Gwyneth Paltrow, added some credence to the normalcy claim when they actually took the London tubes, he in a hoodie and her in a ponytail, from the Swiss Cottage station to Kentish Town, where the band was playing a top-secret show to premiere songs from its upcoming fifth album. And judging by Paltrow’s tweet from the gig — “new songs = Genius!” — it was a pretty great occasion, all told.
Wondering what she heard?
You can get a sample right now at www.coldplay.com, where the fingerpopping first single, “Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall,” is streaming and up for sale.
The band has actually been recording in the Kentish Town area of North London, as well, in an old church with Brian Eno at the helm. And the “Waterfall” lyrics seem to celebrate the simple joys of getting lost in your vintage vinyl collection: “I turn the music up, I got my records on/I shut the world outside until the lights come on … I feel my heart start beating to my favorite song.”
The band will be premiering this and more new material at several overseas festival dates this summer.