Chris Martin performed alongside a band of teenagers, including HRA Studios musicians, at a Santa Monica benefit concert Sunday, and as it was the Coldplay singer’s first “gig” since Prince‘s death, Martin and the young group paid tribute to the music icon with a concert-closing performance of “Raspberry Beret.”
Prior to the cover, Martin jokingly told the audience that his 14-year-old bandmates had never heard Prince’s music before his death on April 21st. “Well, I said, ask your grandfather, he’s probably my age,” Martin said. After a three-hour rehearsal, the group was ready to play the Around the World in a Day classic.
Martin’s side gig happened at the Chords 2 Cure benefit gig at San Monica’s New Roads School, with all proceeds benefitting pediatric cancer research; Jaxon Blumenthal, the teenager who bravely sings the first verse of “Raspberry Beret,” was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer at 11. His friends and fellow A-Sides bandmates organized the event to raise $10,000 to “make a difference for the children afflicted with cancer.”
HRA Studios and Foundation band Colored Chrome played the benefit as well. performing “When Doves Cry” by Prince, which Chris Martin shouted out to from the stage later in the show. Colored Chrome members joined him in The A Sides.