Coldplay covers “Running Up That Hill” and ABBA with Steve Coogan

Actor and comedian Steve Coogan joined Coldplay on stage at the band’s penultimate show at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday night. Coogan appeared as Alan Partridge to sing covers of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” and ABBA’s 1976 hit “Knowing Me, Knowing You.”

Coogan has appeared as the unpredictable talk show host from his BBC sitcom series on five out of six scheduled shows at Wembley Stadium. Dressed in a flashy red tracksuit with “Snow Patrol” written on the back, Partridge joined Chris Martin on vocals while the frontman happily sat in the back seat, playing guitar and backup.

The surprise performance also included appearances from Jacob Collier, who played piano, and Nicole Lawrence, who assisted Martin on pedal steel guitar. According to the Evening Standard, Partridge made a few jokes about “Running Up That Hill,” prompting the audience and Martin to ponder the meaning of the song.

“Because it can’t just be about running?” he asked.

Coogan’s Partridge character has referenced both ABBA and Bush’s music in the past, most famously for Partridge performing a Bush medley for “Comic Relief” in 1999. Knowing Me, Knowing You was also the name of one of Coogan’s many comedy shows on the BBC and featured various ABBA songs.

Though unexpected, the addition of Partridge wasn’t the first time Coldplay surprised fans on their sold-out Music of the Spheres tour. For previous Wembley shows, they brought in R&B star Craig David, who performed the best of his 2000s hits, and Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, who honored the late Olivia Newton-John with a cover of Summer Nights. Coldplay covers “Running Up That Hill” and ABBA with Steve Coogan

Charles Jones

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