COLDPLAY played an impromptu 90-minute acoustic set at a North London pub on Friday November 23 before jetting off for their American tour on the following Sunday.
The gig at The Shepherd's Pub in Highgate was so secret, according to a spokesman for the band's record label, Parlophone, that no-one at the record company knew about it until after it had happened.
The band played as a trio due to bassist Guy Berryman crying off with a cold. Introduced by their actor friend Simon Pegg, they played old songs including 'Trouble', 'Don't Panic', 'Parachutes', and new song 'In My Place'. Thanks to some unusual requests, Coldplay covered 80s soft rock anthems 'Livin' On A Prayer' by Bon Jovi and 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns N'Roses. They also covered Sex Pistols' 'Pretty Vacant', T-Rex's '20th Century Boy' and Nancy Sinatra's Bond theme, 'You Only Live Twice'.
After playing on a makeshift stage, Coldplay asked drinkers at the packed pub to donate to the local Whittington Hospital, the birthplace of guitarist Jonny Buckland, raising £300.