Coldplay Responds To Joe Satriani's Plagiarism Claim

December 9, 2008

Coldplay has remained silent about claims from guitarist Joe Satriani that their song "Viva la Vida" bears a striking resemblance to his 2004 tune "If I Could Fly."

But today, less than a week after Satriani filed a copyright-infringement suit against the UK band over the song, Coldplay posted a response to the suit on their Web site.

"With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations," the note reads. "If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write the song 'Viva la Vida.' We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours."

The response from Coldplay came a day after an interview with Satriani was posted by Music Radar, in which the guitarist said the first time he heard the title track to the band's album, he felt like "a dagger went right through my heart. It hurt so much. The second I heard it, I knew it was [my own] 'If I Could Fly.' "