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Chris Martin, Coldplay shine at Super Bowl presser

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SAN FRANCISCO -- What will be Coldplay's "left shark" moment at Super Bowl 50?

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That was the question posed by a reporter at Thursday's news conference for the Grammy-award winning band that will play the halftime set at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday. After joking about a veritable army of sharks being involved in the show, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin gave an honest answer that wasn't ideally suited for live television.

"It's a difficult question to answer," Martin began. "You're saying which part of our show will f--- up terribly?

"First of all, let me say this. I've seen left shark so many times, he did great, there seemed to be a lot of fuss over nothing. I thought he was wonderful -- he or she -- whoever was in there. I don't know is the answer. Speak to us next week."

It might have been the edgiest moment in the career of the famously polite British band. Martin spent most of the 15-minute availability charming the pants off the audience at the Super Bowl Media Center in downtown San Francisco. Martin has the sensitive rocker shtick down. I counted three "Awwwwwwwws" from women seated in my vicinity during Martin's interactions with the media from around the world.

Martin and the rest of the band -- guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion -- revealed little about what was in store. "We decided we'd play all our No. 1s and work out how to fill the other 10 minutes," Martin said in reference to "Viva La Vida," the band's lone No. 1 hit in the United States.

Martin praised Beyoncé -- who will have a part in the show -- as one of the greatest performers in this era and hinted there will be another past halftime act who will be part of the proceedings. When told that the band's 2002 hit "Clocks" was Cam Newton's favorite Coldplay song, the band broke away from a previous stance that they didn't have a favorite team in the game.

"This changes things significantly," said drummer Will Champion.

"They have a Scottish kicker as well and Guy, our bass player, is Scottish as well, so we feel a certain affinity with the Scots, so I think we'll go Panthers."

Added Martin: "He's speaking of the Denver Panthers. Put that in your paper."

Like I said, that Chris Martin is a charming British fellow. Hide your girlfriends.

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