Coldplay's Chris Martin says being sued is "inspiring"

Martin says lawsuits are are a help. Huh?!
Martin says lawsuits are are a help. Huh?!

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says that being sued for alleged plagiarism has inspired him to become a better songwriter.

Last December, guitarist Joe Satriani sued Coldplay, claiming that the group lifted "substaintial original portions" of his 2004 composition If I Could Fly for their recent Grammy-winning song Viva La Vida.

Coldplay have denied such allegations, and Martin says that he has tried to turn a negative experience into a positive: "Some people are suing us at the moment and although it was initially a bit depressing, now it's become really inspiring," he said in an interview for Coldplay's official website,

Martin says he feels strong

"If everyone's trying to take away our best song, then we'd better write 25 better ones" Coldplay's Chris Martin

Martin went on to say, "You think, 'Right, if everyone's trying to take away our best song, then we'd better write 25 better ones'. And so just at the point where I was thinking about getting fat and becoming complacent, I've been finding more inspiration. Now we've got more to prove than ever before."

Joe Satriani isn't the only musician who is accusing Coldplay of plagiariam. Recently, Yusuf Islam - you know, Cat Stevens - has said that Viva La Vida sounds like a lift from one of his songs from back in the day.

Of course, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it would appear that the list of people feeling a pat on the back seems to be growing,

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.