Tuesday 16 January 2018

'We couldn't believe it' - Coldplay fan's joy as Chris Martin dedicates song to deceased friend

Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin
Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin
Jamie Kelly with his friend Susan Valentine
Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin
Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin

Claire Fox

A Dublin man has praised Coldplay's Chris Martin for dedicating a song to his deceased friend at Saturday night's Croke Park gig.

Jamie Kelly, from Rathfarnham, Dublin said he and his friend went in search of Martin on Friday when he heard rumours that the band were to attend the Savoy Cinema on O' Connell St.

"We waited outside the cinema and a car pulled up. We saw Chris get out of the car and we went over to him straight away," said Jamie.

Jamie told Chris how his friend Susan Valentine had bought a ticket for the band's Croke Park gig in October but died suddenly a month later.

Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin
Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin

"I got quite emotional telling the story. Chris gave me and my friend a big hug and pulled out two love badges from his pocket," said Jamie.

Jamie said that they then asked Martin would he be able to dedicate their song, 'Fix You' to Susan.

"He said no problem and that it was really nice to meet us and that he'd see us tomorrow night. He was just such a nice guy and had so much time for us."

Jamie said it was "very disappointing" when they didn't hear Susan's name mentioned before the song.

Jamie Kelly with his friend Susan Valentine
Jamie Kelly with his friend Susan Valentine

However, a few songs later Martin urged the 82,000-strong crowd to, "Put your phones up. This is for Susan".

"We couldn't believe it," said Jamie.

Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin
Jamie Kelly pictured with Coldplay's Chris Martin

"It was just an amazing experience and I know Susan wasn't there but we honestly felt she was."

Jamie said he and his friends were grateful to Chris Martin and Coldplay for paying tribute to Susan in such a special way.

"Money can't buy that sort of thing. I wouldn't even class him as a celebrity. He's just a normal guy in a band. I've never met someone so nice," Jamie added.

Jamie said that Susan was a massive Coldplay fan and recalled them listening to the band after they had booked the tickets for the concert.

"She was just so happy. She was like a second mam to me.

"I knew her because I went to school with her kids. She was so genuine and a Coldplay fan through and through. I just know she was there in spirit." 

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