Playful Coldplay ready to heat up Super Bowl 50

Thu Feb 4, 2016 5:22pm EST
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By Steve Keating

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Diplomatic Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was asked on Thursday who he thinks will win Super Bowl 50, when his band will play the halftime show, and he joked, "I don't care as long as LeBron James has a good game".

Of course, NBA superstar James will not be on Levi's Stadium field on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos but Coldplay will follow some of music's biggest acts to perform on what they claim is the world's biggest stage.

"Everyone who does this show knows that it is the biggest honor, the biggest privilege and they put their life and soul into it," Martin said during one of the few serious moments in a playful press conference.

"We watched all the other halftime shows many times and most of them are fantastic.

"I think we are going to try and celebrate those other years and hopefully make a show as memorable as some of our favorites."

Coldplay's name will be added to a Super Bowl lineup that includes some of rock music's most iconic acts including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Prince, U2, the Rolling Stones, the Who and Beyonce, who will be back on the Super Bowl stage for a second time on Sunday.

The last and only time that Carolina made a Super Bowl appearance, in 2004, their heart-stopping 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots on a last-second field goal was overshadowed Janet Jackson's now infamous wardrobe malfunction.

While Super Bowl I featured the once classic halftime marching bands as entertainment, the show has grown into a standalone mega-event that has on occasion rivaled the game itself.   Continued...

Feb 4, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Recording artist Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show press conference at Moscone Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports