Jimmy Fallon and Chris Martin Sing David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’
Jimmy Fallon gave Chris Martin some playful words of encouragement after the duo performed David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” together.
In a behind-the-scenes clip from The Tonight Show released Monday, Fallon sings in a style similar to the late musician while Martin accompanies him on the piano. It’s mesmerizing, to say the least (see clip above) and seems like a fitting tribute to Bowie, who passed away Jan. 10 at age 69.
At the end of Fallon and Martin’s performance, though, the late-night host facetiously patted the Coldplay frontman on the shoulder, saying, “Well, you keep working on it.”
He’s kidding, of course—Martin’s top-notch. This collaboration with Fallon wasn’t the first time he honored Bowie on late-night, either. Last month, Martin joined Late Late Show host James Corden for quite the session of Carpool Karaoke. The pair sang a variety of Coldplay hits and Martin performed his own rendition of Bowie’s “Heroes.”
Martin previously had hopes of collaborating with Bowie, but the stars just didn’t quite align. “One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it,” Martin recalled during a segment of the 2014 BBC Music Awards (as excerpted by NME). “He called me and said, ‘It’s not one of your best.’ He’s got very high standards and I appreciate that. It inspires the rest of us to keep our standards high.”
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Take a look back at Coldplay’s Super Bowl X halftime performance in the video below.