Chris Martin Covers Prince’s "Raspberry Beret" With Eighth Graders

  /  04.26.2016

From one generation to the next, Prince and his legacy of timeless music continues to be celebrated. Chris Martin performed alongside a band of teenagers called the A-Sides at a a Santa Monica benefit concert Sunday, making it the Coldplay singer’s first gig since Prince’s passing. Martin and the young group paid tribute to the music icon with a concert-closing performance of “Raspberry Beret.”

In a speech prior to the performance, he talked about how he suggested the song to the band and apparently they replied, “We don’t know it. We’ve never heard of it. We’re, like, 14.”

Martin candidly replied, “Well, I said, ask your grandfather, he’s probably my age,” Martin said. After a three-hour rehearsal, the group was ready to play the Around the World in a Day classic.

All the proceeds benefited pediatric cancer research, as Jaxon Blumenthal, the teenager who bravely sings the first verse of “Raspberry Beret,” was diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer at 11. His friends and fellow band mates contributed to the event by raising $10,000 to “make a difference for the children afflicted with cancer.”

Watch the tribute performance clip below.


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