Houston No. 1

Coldplay's Chris Martin sings a special song for Houston and Hurricane Harvey victims

Coldplay sings a special song for Houston and Hurricane Harvey victims

Coldplay can't seem to get Houston off their mind.

The superstar band canceled their concert at NRG Stadium last Friday — doesn't that seem like such a long time ago? — as Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on Texas. But at their Miami concert Monday night, lead singer Chris Martin dedicated a new country song that the band wrote in honor of Houston and the victims of the storm.

“We all grew up loving country music and of course that’s kind of what we think of when we go to Texas,” Martin said. "So, if you'll bear with us, this is a new song and we'll never play this again."

He said the song, "Houston #1," was written in the two days between the Houston cancellation and Miami concert. He wanted to perform it to send "this beautiful atmosphere here tonight over to Texas and to Houston" because the band hated to cancel the NRG show even though they realized it was the right thing to do.

In an acoustic version, Martin began by singing, “I’m dreamin’ of when I get back to Houston/I’m dreamin’ of that very special place/I’m dreamin’ of when Houston has no problems,/In that city where they send you into space.”

Among the lyrics: “There’s a harmony that bonds down there in Houston / Oh, Houston you got to keep on keepin’ on."

The Coldplay band members plan to reschedule their Houston concert, so we're hoping they will perform "Houston #1" one more time when they return to the Bayou City.

Coldplay, Chris Martin, Toyota Center, June 2012
Coldplay's Chris Martin. Photo by Chinh Phan