Italy: Violin Twins Go Viral Covering Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’

Here’s a feel-good moment for your Monday afternoon.

These talented twins in Sicily have gone viral with their amazing rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ during a quarantine lockdown in Italy.

Mirko and Valerio, shared the performance on YouTube, along with the caption (translated): “We thought we’d spend a bit of time with you all, from north to south. For us, music is a source of relief, and we hope you guys can use it too.”

“‘Viva la Vida’ by Coldplay seemed like the perfect song for this Sunday, full of sunshine and hope.”

Watch the viral violin twins’ performance below.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin Opens Up On Conquering Childhood Homophobia

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (image via Depositphotos)

During a recent video interview with Rolling Stone, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin opens up for the first time about struggling with his sexuality as a boy, homophobic bullying he experienced as a kid, and realizing he carried some homophobia of his own.

“When I went to boarding school, I walked a bit funny and I bounced a bit,” said Martin. “And I was also very homophobic, because I was like, ‘If I’m gay, I’m completely f*cked for eternity’ and I was a kid discovering sexuality.”

“‘Maybe I’m gay, maybe I’m this, maybe I’m that, I can’t be this,’ so I was terrified,” the 42-year-old added.

He described his classmates at boarding school in the UK as “a bunch of quite hardcore kids” saying “for a few years, they would very much say, ‘You’re definitely gay,’ in quite a full-on manner, quite aggressively telling me that – and it was weird for me for a few years.”

That “terrible turmoil” led Martin to discover his personal escape – music – especially “classic soul, British shoegaze rock and cathedral music” which would all ultimately find its way into the sound that is Coldplay.

And then, at the age of fifteen and a half, after reading about Elton John’s life and career, the anti-gay mindset “stopped overnight.”

“I don’t know what happened,” he told Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. “I was like, ‘Yeah, so what?’ and then it all just stopped overnight. It was very interesting. Once I was like, ‘Yeah, so what if I’m gay.’”

“Just growing up a bit and having a bit more exposure to the world, thinking, ‘A lot of my heroes are gay’ or whatever,” he realized. “Whatever they are, it doesn’t really matter.”

Martin says that epiphany led him to consider other conflicting issues in his young life as well, including religion.

“[It] made me question, ‘Hey, maybe some of this stuff that I’m learning about God and everything — I’m not sure if I subscribe to all of this particular religion,’” he shares.

Describing his personal relationship with religion as “wobbly,” he eventually he settled on his “own relationship” with the concept of God, and realized “it’s not really any one religion for me.’”

The Rolling Stone sit-down is one of just a handful of interviews the singer is giving in support of Coldplay’s newly-released album, Everyday Life.

Check out the band’s latest music video, “Daddy.”

(source: Rolling Stone)

News Round-Up: October 15, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• Big congrats to my buddies, The Chippendales, for their big win this weekend as The Best of Las Vegas’ “Best Male Revue” and “Best Bachelorette Party.” If you’ve visited me in Vegas, you’ve probably gone to Chippendales with me at least once 🙂 #GoodTimes

• Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian met and exchanged gifts with the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. You may recall Museveni signed into law the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act which provides for life in prison in Uganda for being gay.

• If you watched the Donald Trump 60 Minutes interview last night, you saw this painting actually hangs in the White House. By artist Andy Thomas, the image portrays a gathering of Republican presidents in one place. #goodgod

• The New York Police Department announced Monday that it has enough evidence to charge nine members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with various counts of rioting, assault and attempted assault that took place last Friday.

• Donald Trump has now nominated openly gay Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This would bring Trump’s gay judicial nominees to a total of two.

• Regular readers of The Randy Report know I’m a huuuuge fan of Coldplay. And now there’s a new documentary film headed our way titled, A Head Full of Dreams.

The film, shot over 20 years of Coldplay history will stream on Amazon Prime Video starting November 16. For more info, click here.

Prince Harry Speaks On HIV Awareness At Sentebale Concert

Prince Harry and Coldplay at Sentebale Concert for raising awareness for HIV/AIDS

Prince Harry spoke last night at the Sentebale concert at Kensington Palace imploring young people to “please take a little bit of time to learn about the fight against HIV.”

Handsome Harry also joined super rock band Coldplay for “Up & Up” during the concert.

Haters Call Super Bowl Half-Time Show “Homo Pride Celebration” Due To Too Many “Rainbows”

As a hard-core Coldplay fan, I was thrilled seeing my favorite band head up the half-time show at the Super Bowl.

I know the gays love how fierce Beyoncé may be, and how funky Bruno Mars can kill it, but for me it was all about Coldplay.

I thought the groovy LED stage, which gave the over-head cameras much to shoot, was way cool, and the utilization of the crowd in the stands for the final “Believe In Love” message was fab and fun.

Apparently, though, some anti-gay idiots took all the colors to represent a pro-gay message (and what’s wrong with that?) saying there were a disarming amount of rainbows in the show.

For the record, the color scheme was clearly dictated by the cover of Coldplay’s new album, “A Head Full Of Dreams.” Check the cover art:

You see where this all came from, right?

Here’s just a sample of the kinds of vitriol sprayed all over Twitter about the abundance of rainbows. Keep in mind, however, that those complaining here are the same folks who enjoy men in tight costumes jumping on top of each other and then slapping each other on the butt. THAT is ok; but, a rainbow? “Damn homos!”

Viral Video: Coldplay & Beyoncé “Hymn For The Weekend”

The second single from Coldplay’s acclaimed new album, A Head Full Of Dreams.

From Stereogum:

The clip, from director Ben Mor, features Coldplay performing at what appears to be an Indian street fair and wandering into the city while fireworks explode above.

Beyoncé never appears onscreen with the boys; instead, she plays some sort of Bollywood screen queen, which is some pretty decent casting if you ignore the whole cultural-appropriation angle.

Beautifully shot.

Longtime readers of The Randy Report know I’m a huge Coldplay fan.

Over 5 million views in a day. As it should be 🙂

Coldplay Set For 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show

My favorite band, Coldplay, is set to headline the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show on CBS.

Previous halftime performers of the football extravaganza include Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Beyonce.

It’s the biggest stage for not only musicians but for TV, period. Last year’s Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on NBC set a U.S. television record with 114.4 million viewers.

CBS will follow the NFL championship with late-show specials from Stephen Colbert and James Corden.

The 2016 Super Bowl, hosted by Levi Stadium in San Francisco, is set for Feb. 7.

Regular readers know I have a ‘thing’ for band member/drummer Will Champion 🙂

The band’s new CD – A Head Full Of Dreams – drops tomorrow.

Find a brief history of Coldplay and comprehensive tour info at this link.

New Music: Coldplay “Adventure of a Lifetime”

My favorite rock band, Coldplay, shares this first track – “Adventures of a Lifetime” – from the upcoming album A Head Full of Dreams (due out 12/4/15).

I like.

I hadn’t expected Coldplay to play around with disco grooves, but it works for me. Chris Martin’s vocals mix right into the feel-good buoyancy of the EDM kick-ball-change.

“I feel my heart beating/ I feel my heart underneath my skin/ I feel my heart beating/ Oh, you make me feel/ Like I’m alive again,” Chris Martin sings on the song.