On Wednesday evening, Coldplay’s Chris Martin surprised music fans in New York City when he took the stage at Mercury Lounge for a somewhat surprise show to raise money and awareness for The Bowery Mission, an organization dedicated to helping the city’s homeless and hungry.
The very intimate concert, which only cost $25 for admission, wasn’t even announced until the early afternoon the day of, but that didn’t stop at least some fans to come out to the small club in the city’s Lower East Side to catch one of the biggest rockstars on the planet play some of his biggest hits for a good cause. According to one attendee, the venue was barely half full for his sixteen song set, which included solo performances of “Fix You,” “Yellow,” “Green Eyes,” and “A Sky Full of Stars.”
The first half of Martin’s set also included covers of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and David Bowie’s “Life On Mars.” According to another attendee, Martin went into Drake's "Hotline Bling" after misunderstanding her when she asked if he wanted a drink.
The performance remained a solo show until halfway through when some of the members from the Mission joined him. Together the musicians covered “Amazing Grace,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad),” The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and Prince’s “Purple Rain,” before closing out with “Christmas Lights” for a one-song encore.
Fan-shot videos of the performance can be seen below.