53% think Coldplay copied Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani: smiling at his fans' backing
Joe Satriani: smiling at his fans' backing

Joe Satriani's legal action against Coldplay has been one of the talking points of music in 2009. Satriani claims that Coldplay's 2008 song Viva La Vida copied "substantial portions" of his 2004 instrumental If I Could Fly.

And a majority of a MusicRadar users agree with Satriani.

Of nearly 3000 people polled by MusicRadar, the votes were as followed:

Yes: Satriani was copied 53%
No: Coldplay aren't Satch fans 13%
Perhaps: Coldplay are magpies 7%
Maybe: Satriani = desperate 8%
Zzz: I'm bored of it all 17%

While our poll results are not exactly scientific, they do suggest that if the action ever went to a court, a jury may also hear similarities.

Coldplay have remained largely silent on the issue, apart froman official statement which reads:

"If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours."

Here's what Joe Satriani told MusicRadar.


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