On February 4th, Coldplay returned to the “Saturday Night Live” stage for the first time in years, bringing with them a meaningful medley of old and new music. The performance was special for both the band and the audience, as it was a tribute to the host of the evening, Pedro Pascal, whose mother had recently passed away.
For their first song of the evening, Coldplay performed their 2022 collaboration with BTS member Jin, “The Astronaut.” Later in the show, they performed a medley of their 2021 album “Music of the Spheres” song “Human Heart” and their classic 2005 hit “Fix You” from “X&Y.” During the performance, they were joined by musician Jacob Collier and the Jason Max Ferdinand Singers.
Midway through the performance, frontman Chris Martin dedicated the song to “Pedro and Verónica,” the host’s late mother. The emotional “Fix You” has been speculated to be about dealing with grief after experiencing loss, and this was confirmed by actor Gwyneth Paltrow, who shared the personal background story of the song during a 2015 interview. She explained that the song was written by Martin about him trying to put her back together after her father’s death.
The powerful performance was a touching tribute to Pascal’s mother and a reminder of the importance of music in dealing with grief. Coldplay’s medley of “Human Heart/Fix You” was an emotional, meaningful experience for both the band and the audience, and a powerful reminder of the healing power of music.