The Kylie / Coldplay duet ‘Lhuna’, which Chris Martin has been raving about, finally saw its release, on World AIDS Day (1st December). The song was available via (RED)'s new digital music magazine, (RED)WIRE.
Rock guitarist Joe Satriani began legal proceedings against Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs. Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed early December in Los Angeles federal court, claimed the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly." Coldplay responded Officially to Joe Satriani, saying: "With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations. If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence upon the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours. Coldplay."
Coldplay formed a new supergroup at their three dates at the O2 Arena residency with comic actor Simon Pegg. Midway through the set, much to the sell-out crowd's surprise, the band walked into the first tier of the audience. With a solitary spotlight beaming on them, Chris Martin announced: “In homage to Robbie Williams rejoining Take That, we're going to form our own supergroup, ladies and gentlemen it's Simon Pegg!”
Read the full December 2008 Coldplay review article in the Coldplay forum here
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