No, that didn’t happen. But they did issue a statement today acknowledging the guitar virtuoso’s claim that “Viva La Vida” plagiarized his song “If I Could Fly. ” Satriani’s seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits” attributable to the alleged copyright infringement. “I felt like a dagger went right through my heart,” he told Music Radar of discovering the similarity. “I did everything I could to avoid a court case with this situation. But Coldplay didn’t want to talk about it. They just wanted this whole thing to go away. Maybe they figured this little guitar player guy will leave them alone after a while, I don’t know.” Here’s Coldplay’s response. They just want the whole thing to go away.
With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations. If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence upon the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.
Meanwhile, Adam Ant called. He wants his jacket back.