Coldplay Pay Tribute to Gene Wilder Through ‘Pure Imagination’

By Jon Wiederhorn 

The death of comedic actor Gene Wilder on Sunday shocked the entertainment world, and many actors, comics and musicians responded by posting their thoughts about Wilder on social media. Coldplay paid tribute not in writing, but in song, Huffington Post reports.

Related: ‘I Am Man’: Gene Wilder and His Most Memorable Quotesr

During a show in Denver on Monday, the band inserted a line from “Pure Imagination” at the end of their song “The Scientist.” “Pure Imagination” was Wilder’s signature number from the 1971 movie musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which is widely considered to be one of his greatest roles.

After the show, the band tweeted a clip of Martin singing the chorus as confetti rains from the sky: “Come with me and we’ll be in a world of pure imagination.”

Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer’s at the age of 83.

Watch the magic moment here:

 

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