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Take a hurricane cue from Coldplay: Keep calm and eat lots of pizza

Take a hurricane cue from Coldplay: Keep calm and eat lots of pizza

Houston, Coldplay in Houston, pizzas from Pepperonis. August 2017
Lots of pizzas were ordered for Coldplay Friday afternoon after the official announcement that the concert was postponed. Courtesy photo

When one of the biggest concerts of the summer has been canceled and you're stuck in your hotel amid Hurricane Harvey warnings, who ya gonna call?

Around noon Friday, when Coldplay officially decided to postpone their concert at NRG Stadium, Raed "Ray" Salti's pizza chain got a phone request: Could Pepperoni's send over 100 pizzas to the Westin Galleria Hotel around 5 pm for the band and its crew?

Mission accomplished.

Salti's son, Andrew, delivered a van load of 8-inch pizzas from the chain's Montrose and Medical Center-area locations — 25 Quattro Fromagio, 25 Classic Veggie and 50 "All The Meats" versions — to the hotel.

Ray Salti, who also owns Bollo Woodfired Pizza, says it wasn't the chain's largest delivery ever. "We get up to 500 large pizzas to a school every once in a while," he texted. But it surely was one of the most fun deliveries.

He hopes to have as many of the Houston area's Pepperoni's locations open as possible this weekend, but it depends on whether his employees can get safely to work, he said.

Coldplay has a bit of pizza history. The band has been known to treat fans waiting in line in the cold for concert tickets with free pizza. And a raucous unauthorized music video for the Coldplay song "Fix You" on YouTube asks, "What happens when a roommate goes too far and has the last slice of pizza?"

In a tweet earlier on Friday, the band expressed its disappointment in canceling the Houston concert and plans to reschedule it at a later date.