Backstreet Boys Honored by Coldplay’s Live Cover of ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’

The Backstreet Boys Express Approval of Coldplay’s Live Cover of ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ in Gothenburg, Sweden


Coldplay Surprises with Backstreet Boys’ Cover, Receives Approval from the Boy Band

In an unexpected twist, Coldplay and the Backstreet Boys had an unexpected crossover moment during Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres World Tour in Gothenburg, Sweden. During their performance at the Ullevi stadium, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin surprised the audience by performing a piano cover of the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 hit, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” The crowd enthusiastically joined in, singing along to the memorable chorus.

Following the surprise cover, the Backstreet Boys took to their Instagram account to share a clip of the performance. They expressed their excitement and appreciation for Coldplay’s rendition, stating, “Buzzing from @coldplay’s cover of Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)! Truly an honor.” This exchange highlighted the mutual respect and admiration between the two musical acts.

The unexpected collaboration between Coldplay and the Backstreet Boys demonstrated the power of music to bring artists from different genres together and create memorable moments for fans.

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Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres World Tour, which is scheduled to run until January 2024, encompasses various regions including Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

Throughout the tour, Coldplay has welcomed several guest performers to join them on stage. In addition to their cover of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” in Gothenburg, the band has incorporated other covers into their shows. During a previous Gothenburg concert, Chris Martin performed Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and even engaged in a live video call with the legendary musician on stage. Martin greeted the audience and showcased the fans waving hello on the video call. Elton John, reciprocating the interaction, acknowledged the crowd’s presence.

Expressing their deep admiration for Elton John, Chris Martin conveyed their love and appreciation from everyone present, including both fans and fellow artists who have been inspired by the legendary musician’s work.

The Music of the Spheres World Tour has provided Coldplay with opportunities to create special moments, collaborating with renowned artists and paying homage to musical influences that have shaped their journey.

Elton John performing in May 2022. PHOTO: ARNE DEDERT/PICTURE ALLIANCE/GETTY

During the onstage video call with Elton John, Chris Martin expressed gratitude on behalf of himself and other fans for John’s immense contributions. He acknowledged John’s impact on their lives through his music, philanthropy, support for the AIDS Foundation, advocacy for the LGBTQ community, influence on fashion and eyewear, and embodiment of love and sexiness. Martin bid farewell to John, who recently concluded his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, expressing how much he and others will miss him.

In another notable guest appearance, former tennis champion Roger Federer joined Coldplay on stage. Martin introduced Federer as an “original band member” before they performed “Don’t Panic” from their debut album, Parachutes. Federer showcased his musical talents by playing the shaker instrument solo, shaking it into the microphone. Additionally, during the performance of “Adventure of a Lifetime,” Federer released inflated balloons, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.

These guest appearances and collaborations during Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres World Tour have brought unique moments and surprises to their live shows, further enhancing the concert experience for fans.