Chris Martin Raises $4,300 for the Bowery Mission with Impromptu Mercury Lounge Gig [VIDEO]

Posted on: December 23rd, 2016 at 5:11 am by

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Chris Matin, Coldplay – Photo: Cody Black / KROQ.com

Chris Martin played a surprise (and obviously sold out) gig at Mercury Lounge Wednesday night to benefit the Bowery Mission. We were told that after what was supposed to be a quiet visit to The Bowery Mission, Martin conceived of a same-day benefit concert at 3:00pm. The doors of Mercury Lounge opened six hours later.

Fans were treated to both holiday classics and Coldplay oldies-but-goodies, as well as a ton of covers, spanning from the late Bowie and Cohen, to Drake and the Beatles. Most of the show was a solo set, but Martin was later joined by two singers, whom the Mission had helped recover from homelessness and addiction. Then the trio sang a couple of songs, including the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and “Amazing Grace.”

“Chris Martin proved once again the power of one person to make a difference through The Bowery Mission,” said James Macklin, the Mission’s Director of Outreach, and one of the on-stage performers. “As the temperatures drop and we serve thousands of lonely people during the holidays, Chris has lifted our spirits today.”

The impromptu concert raised $4,300, and Martin also initiated a Coldplay fundraising campaign for the Mission.

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