Coldplay, Frida Kahlo, and Viva la Vida…
Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion form Coldplay, a British alternative rock band that was formed in London in 1997. Being one of the world´s most popular bands, it is interesting to know that Coldplay’s lead vocalist, Chris Martin has very strong feelings for Mexico, which inspired the band in their last album’s name and led the group to close their Viva la Vida tour in Mexico.
Coldplay’s last album, Viva la Vida or Death and all his Friends, is named after one of Frida Kahlo’s most famous paintings, and this was not by chance. Chris Martin was inspired by this painting in Coldplay’s last visit to Mexico, in early 2007, when they toured Latin America with their X & Y show. In this tour, they visited countries like Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Not only is the name of the album inspired by Latin America, but also their music, as Chris Martin himself said, “…this album will likely reflect Hispanic influence.”
Coldplay has visited Mexico previously on two occasions. The first time they came here was in September 2003, with their A Rush of Blood to the Head tour, and the second time was in March 2007, when Martin also celebrated his 30th birthday and they were promoting their X & Y album. During their last stay in Mexico, one of their stops was Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s museum. In this museum, is where Chris Martin saw Frida Kahlo’s 20th century painting Viva la Vida, which is a painting of some watermelons with these words on it.
Viva la Vida translates into English as “Long live Life” or “Love the Life,” in any Spanish speaking country, but the local Mexican meaning of “Viva…” is to exclaim and celebrate. When asked about the album’s name Chris Martin referred to Frida Kahlo’s strength, she endured polio, a broken spine, and a decade of chronic pain., “She went through a lot of [things], of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida,’ I just loved the boldness of it,” he said.
Their third visit to our country will be this March, with four concerts, closing their Viva la Vida tour. Coldplay will be performing on March 6th and 7th in the “Palacio de los Deportes” in Mexico City, March 9th in the “Tres de Marzo” Stadium in Guadalajara, and March 11th in the “Estadio Universitario” in Monterrey. Chris Martin will once again celebrate his birthday in Mexico, it is Mexico’s turn to exclaim and celebrate with him. “Viva Coldplay, Viva México, Viva la Vida!”