Fresh off debuting A Head Full of Dreams material at a Los Angeles concert Saturday night, Coldplay performed at the American Music Awards Sunday for the first time in seven years. For the ceremony, the band put a psychedelic spin on their bouncy new single “Adventure of a Lifetime.” Backed by colorful, swirling graphics, Coldplay’s take on the Stargate-produced track was a joyous and trippy one as, towards the end, a group of dancers in gorilla costumes made an inpromptu circle around singer Chris Martin, who joined in the revelry.
Coldplay announced their latest LP, A Head Full of Dreams, in early November, with its release scheduled just 18 months after 2014’s Ghost Stories. The album, which will be available on December 4th, features guest appearances from Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Chris Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow. “Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives,” Martin told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month. “I don’t want to get too hippie, but what I’m trying to learn in my life is the value of every human.”
Martin continued to explain the album’s “hippie” nature in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It’s about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you,” he said. “All of our records were a journey to get to this one.”