Chris Martin and the gang aren’t necessarily known for their sense of humor (unless you count unintentionally reviving the Dancing Thom Yorke meme on national television or inviting Frank Ocean on tour instead of suing him like everybody else), but they certainly seem to be Coldplaying with us now. In an interview with ET Canada, Martin “shot down” rumors that Coldplay would be playing the opening ceremonies at this year’s summer Olympics (via Spinner).
“Us doing the hurdles? That’s just not true,” Martin said, in a way that might as well have been accompanied by a huge, vaudevillian wink. The opening ceremony concert is currently slated to feature performances by representatives from each UK country: Duran Duran (England), Snow Patrol (Northern Ireland), Stereophonics (Wales), and Paolo Nutini (Scotland). It should be noted that rumors of Coldplay being considered for the concert sprung up at the beginning of April, while the announcement of Duran Duran’s headline spot came on Tuesday, a month later. The addition of Coldplay would double up on England-native acts, but considering the games will be in London, the country probably deserves a freebee. Plus, it’s Coldplay!
The one other fact we know for sure about the Olympics’ musical accompaniment: the closing ceremony will include a massive “Best of British” show headlined by the reunited Blur and featuring New Order and the Specials. Watch the interview below and if you’re particularly good at lie detection, let us know.