In 1996, four young rockers wrote a collection of songs that would eventually sell over 100 million copies. The super-fans out there may recognise the band names Pectoralz and Starfish, but these days just about everyone will recognise the name Coldplay!

Written In The Stars

It was a song called “Yellow” in the year 2000 that really shot Coldplay to international fame and success. The song, from their debut album Parachutes, peaked at number 4 in the UK charts and was their first song to be received with critical acclaim all over the world. "Yellow" remains one of their most popular songs to this day, hence why it had to be included in the Rockschool Debut Drums syllabus.


“Yellow” was actually born in a studio in South Wales where the band were recording Parachutes. After a long day, they took a break and went outside. According to co-producer Ken Nelson, the night sky was looking incredible. He told the others to “Look at the stars…” and the rest is history.

Perhaps the success of Coldplay was actually written in the stars. In a video recorded on the 26th June 1998, Chris Martin delivers a warning to the cameraman that in 4 years’ time, “by the 26th June 2002”, Coldplay will be known all over the world. In an almost spooky synchronicity, exactly 4 years and 3 days later, Coldplay were headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival - a spot reserved only for the best in the business.

Everyday Hard Work

Things certainly did not stop after that night on the Pyramid Stage. A Rush of Blood to the Head was released in 2002 and was immediately received with praise. Then followed X&Y which was the best-selling album worldwide of 2005, and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends which was the best-selling of 2008 (that one won a few Grammy’s too, by the way). Since then we’ve also had Mylo Xyloto (2011), Ghost Stories (2014), A Head Full of Dreams (2015) and Everyday Life (2019). It’s safe to say that this band have been BUSY.

The band's latest album, Everyday Life, was certainly no ordinary release. The album is split into two parts named Sunrise and Sunset. On the day of its release, Coldplay live streamed the first performance from the Amman Citadel in Jordan, both at sunrise and sunset respectively, followed by a performance from the Natural History Museum in London. Two iconic spaces that could only be reserved for a band with such chart-topping wonders.

With live streamed gigs, and lyrics that talk of longing to be back with our friends, one can’t help but think that Coldplay traversed time to predict the events of 2020. Back in March we saw frontman Chris Martin perform the #TogetherAtHome concert from his living room, powered by Global Citizen and the WHO, and with tens of thousands of fans tuning in you can imagine that he was not short of requests!

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