Kimmel announced he was loading the entire audience onto a bus to see Coldplay at UCLA’s Tennis Center in Los Angeles.
The band was Kimmel’s first musical guest when the show started in January 26, 2003. When asked what they have been up to in the last eight-and-a-half years since being on his show, singer Chris Martin answered, “Will [Champion] works for FedEx and the rest of us run a pet shop.”
Proceeds from the concert helped raise money for the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education program for high school students.
Coldplay paid tribute to Amy Winehouse by playing a slow rendition of her hit “Rehab” before leading into “Fix You,” a song Martin wrote for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow after the death of her father.
The 90-minute sold-out performance included their biggest hits “Yellow,” “Clocks,” and “Viva La Vida” along with new songs “Major Minus,” and “Moving to Mars.”
Coldplay will headline Lollapalooza at Chicago’s Grant Park on August 5.