Watch Coldplay Cover Prince’s “1999” During NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Chris Martin in concert with Coldplay.
Chris Martin in concert with Coldplay. Photo by Brian Patterson/REX/Shutterstock (9011834bq)

While Coldplay decided to take a break from touring, this doesn’t mean the band has stopped performing altogether. The British group recently took part in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, where they performed a number of songs from their most recent album Everyday Life as well as few other intriguing tracks.

Coldplay, who were joined by For Love Choir, opened the set with “Cry Cry Cry,” before turning back the clock and performing2008’s hit single “Viva La Vida.” Then, following another new song, “Broken,” Chris Martin and co. decided to treat the radio’s listeners with a cover of Prince’s “1999.” The set wrapped up with “Champion of the World.”

Check out Coldplay’s Tiny Desk Concert in full below or directly on NPR.

Coldplay released Everyday Life in November 2019, putting an end to a four-year studio break. The album was well-received and topped the charts in more than 10 countries, including the UK. It wasn’t as successful in the U.S., however, peaking at No.7 on US Billboard 200.

Although the group was expected to follow up the release with a world tour, they opted not to go on the road “until they had addressed concerns regarding travel and the environmental impact of the shows.”