Coldplay is a band with many collaborations in their catalogue. Take a look at their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, which boasts team-ups with Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, Khatia Buniatishvili and Merry Clayton.
There was even a time when the band tried to nab the late David Bowie for a special duet, but didn't receive the exact kind of response that they had initially hoped for.
In an interview for their NME's Godlike Genius Award, drummer Will Champion and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland recalled the one time that the group attempted to get Bowie on one of their records.
Buckland explained that they had a song that needed "a sort of David Bowie type character," so Chris Martin reached out to the music icon. Nowhere in Bowie's response did he necessarily accept or decline the proposal, but instead offered a very telling reaction to the quality of the song, saying, "It's not a very good song, is it?"
Still, Champion explained that he completely respected the music staple's decision. "He was very discerning – he wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that!" he added.
No harsh feelings were left on the table, considering Champion and Buckland felt the incredible impact after hearing the news that the singer had passed away a few weeks back.
"I felt incredibly sad when I heard David Bowie had died," said Buckland, which prompted Champion to explain his prevalence amongst all sorts of genres. "When you have any involvement in music he was one of the points of reference for absolutely everything, for genres and for how to be a rockstar or a pop star or whatever it was. Completely defining that. So for musicians it's quite disorienting," he explained.
Watch Coldplay talk about David Bowie rejecting their collaboration below!
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