Super Bowl 50
On Dec. 3, it was confirmed that Coldplay will headline the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The big game takes place Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Coldplay’s upcoming performance will mark the first time in six years a British musical act has landed the coveted slot, following in the footsteps of The Who, which headlined in 2010.
The Coldplay halftime show announcement came just a day before the release of the band’s seventh studio album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” The record features collaborations with artists like Tove Lo and Beyoncé, leading to speculation that the “Queen Bey” herself may make a surprise supporting appearance at the upcoming halftime show. As of Dec. 4, those rumors have not yet been confirmed.
Frontman Chris Martin has hinted that “A Head Full of Dreams” could be Coldplay's final album, but there’s been no official word on that from the band. The group is currently promoting the new album with its lead single, “Adventure of a Lifetime.”
Coldplay North American Tour Rumored to Follow Halftime Show
To support the new album, Coldplay will likely be going on tour in North America sometime in 2016, although dates are still pending. The band has already announced 2016 tour dates for South America, Mexico, and Europe, but North American dates are still pending.
According to Mashable, the band will likely announce its U.S. tour dates by the time they’re in the spotlight at the upcoming halftime show. Because international Coldplay tour dates will keep the band out of the U.S. for much of the first half of 2016, there’s speculation that the band could be tabbed for big North American music festivals, like Lollapalooza, which will expand to four days this summer.