Coldplay have announced they are downing tools and refusing to play any live shows in the foreseeable future in order to help stop “climate change.“
Coldplay told BBC News they will not tour new album Everyday Life until they can ensure the tour is “carbon neutral” and does not warm the planet.
Frontman Chris Martin, who split with former partner Gwyneth Paltrow in 2014, said his group are waiting for new technology that will enable such a tour to be carbon neutral.
“Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” said Martin, recently voted one of the world’s most annoying celebrities in a British poll. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?”
It remains unclear how the public will react to the prospect of living in a world without Coldplay live shows.
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin ceremoniously announced they were “consciously uncoupling,” the world reacted with a collective head-scratch followed by viral snickering.
Coldplay are not the first liberal musical act to virtue signal about climate change. Billie Eilish has announced plans to make her upcoming world tour “as green as possible” by banning plastic straws, telling fans to bring their own water bottles and providing recycling bins.