It has been revealed that Coldplay once asked David Bowie to sing on a song they wrote, and his response was not positive.
“Chris [Martin] once submitted a song to him with a note that said, ‘Would you please sing on this song, because it’s got this three-part thing,’ and we had a sort of David Bowie–type character,” Coldplay drummer Will Champion says. “And Bowie came back, ‘It’s not a very good song, is it?’ I was like, ‘OK, I’ll take that as a no.’ So he was very discerning. He wouldn’t just put his name to anything, so I’ll give him credit for that.”
It has not been revealed which song it was that they sent Bowie.