Chris Martin reveals inspiration for Coldplay's Ghost Stories album

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Chris Martin has talked for the first time in Australia about the inspiration behind Coldplay's latest album.

The record, Ghost Stories, is believed to be largely inspired by Martin's recent split from wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

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"We haven't really told anyone about this album we made called Ghost Stories," Martin told a Sydney audience at The Star Event Centre on Wednesday night.

"So just between you and me, I'll tell you a lot of it is about when you go through something a little difficult, and you understand that by staying with it you reach a place of love and happiness and come through better the other side," he said.

The band played a concert for Foxtel's MAX Sessions, marking the 50th show in the pay-TV concert series.

Martin also made reference to the fact that he had a scratch on his nose when arriving in the Australia.


He was pictured with the blemish when the band landed in Sydney Airport on Monday.

The frontman said he thought it made him look tough.

"When we were on the plane here from Tokyo I cut my nose," he said.

Martin said Australians are used to getting beaten up playing Australian Rules and rugby, so the fact it made him look a little tougher was "probably a good thing for Coldplay".

The band mostly played songs from Ghost Stories, but pleased fans with some of their earlier hits including Paradise, Clocks and Viva La Vida.

"This is our first concert in Australia for about 15 years, Martin said.

"It's wonderful to be back, we love playing here, we always feel so welcome."

Coldplay also took time while they were in Sydney to film a music video for their single A Sky Full of Stars.

They invited people to be extras via Twitter and filmed in the streets of Sydney's inner-west on Tuesday.

"Yesterday we shot a video in Newtown and we just generally feel awesome to be here," Martin said.

When the TV broadcast was over he played some more songs for the invited crowd including Fix You.

The special television event 50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay premieres exclusively on Foxtel's MAX channel Saturday, August 9 at 7.30pm.


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