Photo: Vinod Divakaran - Doha Stadium Plus Qatar

Tennis’ Roger Federer Joins Coldplay On Stage

From Lupe Fiasco to Craig David, Chvches’ Lauren Mayberry and Bruce Springsteen, throughout the past year Coldplay have invited a wide selection of special guests to join them on stage during a special segment that takes place on a small satellite stage during their massive Music of the Sphere global tour.

On Saturday (7.01) at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich, Switzerland 20-time Grand Slam champion and recently retired tennis superstar Roger Federer huddled backstage with the UK band and subsequently joined them in front of his home country crowd for a very special version of “Don’t Panic” from the band’s 2000 debut album, Parachutes.

Taking to social media on Monday (7.03), Federer wrote “Adventure of a lifetime,” along with a series of photos he posted of him and wife Mirka Federer joining the band’s pre-show group hug, and a posed shot in the middle of the quartet’s lineup.

“Shaker solo, shaker solo, shaker solo,” Martin encourages “original band member” Federer mid-song as the group leaned into the 2014 Ghost Stories track. They also commented on Federer’s picture post, writing, “You were flawless on the shaker, Roger. Is there anything you can’t do?!” Drummer/keyboardist Will Champion brought it all home by improvising a new final line, singing, “Cuz everybody here got to Roger to lean on.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Vinod Divakaran – Doha Stadium Plus Qatar