Coldplay and Natalie Imbruglia pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John with Summer Nights cover in London

Coldplay and Natalie Imbruglia paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John, who died last week, at London’s Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Imbruglia sang Newton-John’s part of hit song ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease, while Coldplay’s Chris Martin sang John Travolta‘s part with Jacob Collier joining him during the chorus. Newton-John had played Sandy and Travolta Danny in the 1978 film.

Coldplay and Natalie Imbruglia pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John with Summer Nights duet at London concert.
Coldplay and Natalie Imbruglia pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John with Summer Nights duet at London concert. (YouTube)

Earlier, Imbruglia and Coldplay also performed ‘Torn’, Imbruglia’s debut single, which was first recorded in 1993 as ‘Burned’ in Danish by Lis Sorensen, followed in 1994 by Ednaswap, and in 1996 by Trine Rein.

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Coldplay and Natalie Imbruglia pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John with Summer Nights duet at London concert.
Natalie Imbruglia appears on the big screen during Olivia Newton-John tribute at Wembley Stadium. (YouTube)

Newton-John died at her Southern California home on August 8 after a 30-year battle with cancer. She was 73. Upon news of her death, Imbruglia shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram.

“Devastated to hear of the passing of Olivia Newton John,” the former Neighbours star began. “When I was a little girl I used to close my eyes and sing her songs and dream of one day being on a stage somewhere, singing, just like her. She was magic. A huge inspiration to me and so many other young kids who where singing into their hairbrush.”

“The purity of her voice, her grace…and she sang from the heart,” Imbruglia continued. “She was and always will be a shining light in this world. ✨ My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones at this very difficult time 💔❤️.”

It was the third Wembley play date for Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres world tour. There are three more to go at the 90,000 capacity stadium. The August 19 show has been rescheduled to August 21 because of planned industrial action on the London Underground train network.

Coldplay’s support acts at Wembley include H.E.R and London Grammar.

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The tour then moves to Glasgow for two performances. In September, as part of the tour, Coldplay will perform at the Rock in Rio festival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, two concerts in Lima, Peru, two in Bogota, Colombia and four in Santiago, Chile.

Chris Martin and Natalie Imbruglia.
Chris Martin and Natalie Imbruglia both saw Olivia Newton-John as an inspiration. (Getty)

In October, they return to Rio de Janeiro for two concerts, followed by six in Sao Paolo, Brazil. From October 25 through November 8, the band play 10 concerts in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Music of the Spheres is a concept album about a fictional planetary system called The Spheres, styled as a space opera mixing in synth-drenched power-pop and cosmic interludes. It is the British rockers’ ninth album.

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