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Michael J. Fox Joins Coldplay On Stage at Glastonbury

Michael J. Fox Joins Coldplay On Stage at Glastonbury

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Surprising fans of music and movies alike, Grammy-award-winning band Coldplay brought out actor Michael J. Fox during their headlining set at Glastonbury 2024 to play guitar during “Fix You.”

Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin told the crowd, “The main reason we’re in a band is because of watching Back to the Future,” citing Fox’s most iconic role as Marty McFly in Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990).

This is not the first time Coldplay has had Michael J. Fox on stage. He previously joined the band in 2016 to cover Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” which Fox’s character, Marty McFly plays in the Back to the Future. In an interview with Kelly Clarkson, Chris Martin claimed that it was this scene that inspired him to join a band. 

Michael J Fox’s performance with Coldplay is also notable because of Fox’s long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. According to the National Institute of Aging (NIA), Parkinson’s Disease is, “a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination.” Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 when he was just 29. In 2000, he set up the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research which has raised over 1.75 billion for the progression of Parkinson’s Research. According to the NIA, symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease become more severe with age, making it even more inspiring to see Fox continue to thrive in acting, humanitarian work, and getting on stage to play guitar with Coldplay. 

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“Fix You” was released on Coldplay’s 2005 album X&Y, where it was instantly critically claimed.  It has been recently named by Rolling Stone as the 392nd greatest song of all time, on their 500 greatest songs of all time list. 

Fox thanked Coldplay in an Instagram post after the festival to give “many thanks” to the members of Coldplay, describing the experience as “f****** mind-blowing”. “There’s a band for every time and a time for every band,” he added. “This is Coldplay’s time” 

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