Rock band Coldplay has premiered its new single “Higher Power” on board the International Space Station (ISS).
With the help of French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, the song was given a special performance with dancing alien “holograms”.
Pesquet was flown to the station in late April in a groundbreaking launch for SpaceX, which used both a recycled rocker booster and capsule for the first time. Prior to the performance, Coldplay front man Chris Martin chatted with the ESA astronaut, where he showed him a view of Earth from one of the space station’s windows.
Martin told Pesquet, “Right now we can’t play for anyone on Earth, so we thought we’d play just for you. It’s like our one-man concert.” Their talk also included a discussion of the similarities between life on tour and life on the ISS, what planet Earth looks like from space and its vulnerability, and how Pesquet listens to music in microgravity.
During the recorded performance, Coldplay performed in colorful shipping container outfits while holographic figures danced in front of them.
Last week, the band wrote on its Twitter page that the song, produced by Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, “arrived on a small keyboard and bathroom sink in early 2020.
” Coldplay will open the BRIT Awards, the British pop music award, next week with a performance of ‘Higher Power’ on the River Thames near the venue of the ceremony, the O2 arena in London.