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Coldplay sure knows how to put on a good show. Even if you didn’t get why they headlined this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, their songs are catchy and frontman Chris Martin is well-connected enough to bring in some pretty big names to give them a hand, if need be. Which is what the band did while performing at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl Sunday night.

Martin introduced the rest of the band — bassist Guy Berryman, drummer Will Champion and guitarist Jonny Buckland — before telling the crowd a (presumably fictional) story about the Coldplay bandmate who got away, who followed a different path.

No, no, not Beyoncé or Bruno Mars or Rihanna. Chris hinted, “You may know him from things like ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and that kind of sh*t, but we know him as the guy who turned down being in a band with us,” and James Corden proceeded to hop on stage with the band. Um, considering how good Chris was on his “Carpool Karaoke” segment, he might want to consider not calling it sh*t.

After a proper intro, the new and improved Coldplay embarked on a stunning tribute to the late, great Prince with a cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

James kicked it off, Chris took the second verse and their beautiful, melodic, haunting voices came together in a version that needs to be sold on iTunes because we can’t get it out of our heads. Corden may be known as a funny late-night host but people sometimes forget he’s also a Tony-winning Broadway star with a voice like an angel. No offence to Sinead O’Connor but James and Chris certainly did her justice. And the boys were right. Nothing compares to the original, brilliant artist known as Prince.

 

You can always catch James’ dulcet tones on The Late Late Show With James Corden, airing weeknights at 12:30 a.m. ET on CTV Two.