Coldplay and Linkin Park hit their commercial and creative peaks around the same time, and both of them collaborated with Jay-Z, but they always seemed to occupy opposite ends of the popular-rock-band spectrum. And yet when Coldplay frontman Chris Martin covered Linkin Park’s monstrous 2000 single “Crawling” last night, it sounded a whole hell of a lot like a Coldplay song. Martin’s solo-piano cover came toward the end of Coldplay’s show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last night, and it was, of course, a tribute to Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last month. And while “Crawling” is one of Linkin Park’s great, canonical singles, it has a sense of melodic lift that suited Martin just fine. Watch fan-made footage of the performance below.
It’s probably smart that Martin didn’t try to do any of Mike Shinoda’s rap parts, but I sort of wish that would’ve happened.