took the stage in Denver Monday night just hours after
about the death of
, and found a beautiful way to honor the legendary actor.
During the performance of their song “The Scientist,”
and the band inserted a line from “Pure Imagination,” the iconic song sung by Wilder in the classic film
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Following the concert, the band tweeted a clip of Martin singing a dreamy rendition of the song’s chorus as confetti and paper stars rain down on a crowd.
In a world of pure imagination… R42 pic.twitter.com/R2KD3kA0RK
— Coldplay (@coldplay) August 30, 2016
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Over the years, the song from the 1971 movie has been covered by
Coldplay has also performed tributes to the late musicians
almost nightly on their current
A Head Full of Dreams
Wilder’s passing at the age of 83 from complications with Alzheimer’s disease was a surprise to many, as the beloved comedy star kept a low profile in recent years in an effort to hide his health issues.
“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion,” his nephew wrote in a statement announcing the actor’s passing. “He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”