Chris Martin plays im­promptu con­cert at home­less shel­ter

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Chris Martin played an im­promptu gig at a home­less shel­ter in New York City. The Cold­play front­man sur­prised home­less peo­ple at The Bow­ery Mis­sion in Man­hat­tan by jam­ming with them on Wed­nes­day be­fore an­nounc­ing he was to star at a con­cert fundraiser at the Mer­cury Lounge in aid of peo­ple sleep­ing rough in New York. James Mack­lin, the mis­sion's di­rec­tor of out­reach, said Chris' ap­pear­ance, which in­cluded per­for­mances of songs such as The Bea­tles' 'Yes­ter­day' and hymn 'Amaz­ing Grace', had helped to lift the spir­its of the home­less men and women at the shel­ter. He ex­plained: "Chris Martin proved once again the power of one per­son to make a dif­fer­ence through The Bow­ery Mis­sion. "As the tem­per­a­tures drop and we serve thou­sands of lonely peo­ple dur­ing the hol­i­days, Chris has lifted our spir­its to­day." Chris played solo for part of the show, but was later joined by two singers, both of whom had pre­vi­ously turned to the mis­sion as they sought to fight their way out of home­less­ness. Mean­while, it was re­cently re­ported that Chris and his exwife Gwyneth Pal­trow are plan­ning to move back to Lon­don. The cou­ple split over two years ago, but have made a mu­tual de­ci­sion to re­turn to the UK in 2017 for the sake of their kids Ap­ple, 12, and Moses, 10. A source pre­vi­ously said: "They're hor­ri­fied by Don­ald Trump's elec­tion and feel it's a damn­ing in­dict­ment of the cur­rent state of Amer­ica. "Their chil­dren's ed­u­ca­tion is ex­tremely im­por­tant to them and they're in agree­ment that the English school sys­tem is bet­ter." The duo are also said to miss their friends and fam­ily back home. The in­sider ex­plained: "On top of that, Gwyneth misses her friends in Lon­don and Chris is keen for the kids to be closer to his par­ents in Devon."

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