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Bridge benefit: Chris Martin goes Coldplay-ful

October 25, 2009 |  7:46 am


Coldplay's Chris Martin was in a particularly playful mood for his band-less set at the first of this weekend's two Bridge School Benefit Concerts on Saturday.

Martin, dressed ultra casual in jeans, a T-shirt and black-and-white-striped stocking cap, said,  "A lot of people are probably wondering, 'Why is that guy wearing such a stupid hat?'

"It's proof that now matter how rich and famous you become, it doesn't matter: You still can't shave your own head. Especially when you've got two major concerts to do two days later."

He never did remove it, leaving fans to guess whether he was teasing them.

His set started with an instrumental version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" that sounded as though it were born somewhere between the fun house and the madhouse. From there, he and his violinist pal Davide Rossi touched on Coldplay signature tunes including "Clocks," "Yellow" and "Viva La Vida" before wrapping up with a delightfully loopy sing-along of the Penguins' '50s doo-wop hit, "Earth Angel."

Corny as it might sound, it was one of those uniquely touching moments that likely will be etched for years to come in the memories of those who were here.

-- Randy Lewis

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Photos: Randi Lynn Beach / For The Times