Aidin Vaziri | Wearing jackets that looked as if they’d been dipped in tie-dye and shoes that sparkled with pink glitter, the members of Coldplay shuffled into a conference room at the Moscone Center on Thursday, Feb. 4, to give the sports media a preview of the band’s much-heralded Super Bowl 50 halftime show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of communications, took the stage under an enormous Pepsi logo for introductions, promising “a day filled with pageantry and entertainment,” which will include a tailgate party with Seal, Lady Gaga singing the national anthem and Janelle Monáe opening the halftime show for the British band.
Coldplay was greeted with subdued applause from the press corps, many of whom may not have been familiar with the songs — “Viva La Vida,” “Clocks,” “Yellow,” “Adventure of a Lifetime” — that were piped into the room for nearly an hour before the band members reluctantly took the stage.
Most of the questions came from television reporters looking for quick soundbites, including one who thanked front man Chris Martin for helping her get over a breakup and another who asked Martin if his children would watch the band’s Super Bowl performance.
“I hope they’ll watch,” Martin said. “What else is on that day?”