“We love Beyoncé‘s music and she’s one of the greatest performers I’ve ever witnessed,” frontman Chris Martin said Thursday at the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show press conference, during which the pop diva’s rumored return to the Super Bowl stage was confirmed.
“The people from NFL came to us this year and wanted us to include the past, present and future … the way we are honoring the past is to look at the people whose past halftime shows we really loved, and Beyoncé’s is right up with that,” he continued.
The band’s performance – inspired by a music festival they play in England – will include “some amazing dance routines,” teased drummer Will Champion. “We have to do what comes naturally to us, which is provide a bit of fun and great atmosphere.”
Added Martin: “We just spoke to each other about what we would like to communicate in the halftime show and we decided we wanted to make it about togetherness and acceptance and the things we really believe in.”
And though there will be millions of eyes and ears tuned in, two of Coldplay’s cutest fans will hopefully be cheering them on in person: Martin’s two children with ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow – Apple, 11, and Moses, 9.
“I hope to get tickets,” said Martin. “I hope they will watch. My son designs my shoes and I asked him to make me some Super Bowl shoes, so he did two. They have been lovely about the whole thing.”
Super Bowl 50 airs Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on CBS live from Levi’s Stadium.
Reporting by Susan Young