Coldplay had a big surprise at their first concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, Saturday: A cover of the Tom Waits-written, Bruce Springsteen-covered “Jersey Girl.”
But they had an even bigger surprise on their second night there, Sunday: A guest appearance by Michael J. Fox.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s son Moses, 10, made the request via a video message that was shown on the stadium’s video screens.
“Hi, Dad. It’s your son,” he said. “I was just wondering if you could play a song from both of our favorite movie, ‘Back to the Future.’ ”
Coldplay obliged with “Earth Angel,” the 1954 Penguins hit that is featured in the 1985 movie. Fox joined them on guitar, mid-way through.
“Ladies and gentlemen, from the best movie of all time, please welcome Mr. Michael J. Fox!” Chris Martin said.
Fox and the band then played Chuck Berry’s classic “Johnny B. Goode,” which is also featured in the movie.
“That’s our dream come true. Thank you, Michael,” said Chris Martin, after the second song.
Here are videos of the two songs, as well as the scenes in the movie during which they are played.
Fox’s previous best-known musical appearance in New Jersey, by the way, came in 2003, when he joined Bruce Springsteen onstage at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park. That show was a benefit for the Light of Day organization, which raises money for the fight against Parkinson’s Disease, which Fox suffers from.