Coldplay frontman Chris Martin stopped by to promote the band's new album, 'Mylo Xyloto,' looking--at least to Howard--surprisingly bushy-eyed: "I just treat this like a very late night." Chris was quick to deny any womanizing or groupie-bagging in the band's early days: "I tried but I was too young and nobody was interested." But copped to the sordid details of the first song he ever wrote--at age 11: "It was actually about people being more obsessed with Princess Fergie's tits than what was really happening in the world."
When Chris was done performing, Howard said he was suitably "fit" for rock, so Chris shrugged: "It came from seeing a lot of Bruce Springsteen shows two years ago. And he was in such great shape...I don't agree that you have to be skinny. You just have to look like you care."
Chris was admittedly less open when it came to his wife: "It's making something public that really wasn't designed to be, you know? It happens that those are our individual jobs...a red carpet is about selling things [and] we don't have anything to sell. We're not a product."
Living Out the Dream
Howard asked if Coldplay ever sat down to revel in their success: "Did you laugh at the people who rejected you?"
Chris laughed: "No, we actually signed with one of the f'ers that rejected us."
Chris then performed a bit of 'Clocks'--and later, 'Speed of Sound,' a hit he hates to sing in concert: "I think we did a really shit recording...I like it, I just think we didn't get it quite right on record."
Chris also sang part of 'The Scientist.' Asked about his drug history, Chris balked: "I don't really believe in the whole kind of, like, selling records by saying how much pills you take...that's what [has] pissed me off. People still believe in that rock n' roll myth and it's bullshit. There's no such thing as cool. Cool is, like, to me, following what you believe in. And that's it. It's not about 'I have to take the same drugs as that guy and wear the same pants.' I hate that."
A Final Word, A Couple More Songs
Chris refused to say whether he'd written any of the band's songs for his wife, joking, "Not that's on a record. They're a little bit too kinky." But Chris said they'd done well--for a band signed to a major label: "We don't own hardly any of it...we don't own it for at least 20 years or something." He then sang 'Viva La Vida' and later, the band's latest single, 'Mylo Xylitov.'