Chris Martin pays tribute to Leonard Cohen as Coldplay return to London stage
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin paid a moving musical tribute to Leonard Cohen and spoke of how the poet and songwriter changed his life as the band played a homecoming gig.
In an encore on stage at the London Palladium, Martin appeared alone with his guitar to perform Cohen's song Suzanne, dedicating it to "absent friends".
Afterwards he said: "Sending my love to Mr Leonard Cohen for those amazing songs, you changed my life. "
The death of Cohen at the age of 82 was announced earlier on Friday.
Earlier on in the show, which was broadcast live on Absolute Radio, Martin said how good it felt for the band to be "back in our homeland" and he appeared to make a reference to the US election.
He said: "I know for some this week has been a strange one but if it proves anything, it's you can achieve your goals. The universe works in strange ways.
"It's all of our world and we can do anything we can to make it a better and fairer place."
Martin danced around a stage adorned with floral garlands with a large Union flag hanging out of the back pocket of his jeans and reassured the crowd: "The world is going to be okay, don't worry."
The band performed a string of hits including The Scientist, Viva La Vida, Clocks, Paradise and Fix You and Martin dedicated Everglow to his goddaughter Tilly, who was at the show with her father, the Star Trek star Simon Pegg.