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- Posted on Feb 4th 2009 12:00PM by Marc Schneider
Back in December, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the British hitmakers, claiming they lifted a melody line from one of his songs for their Grammy-nominated hit 'Viva La Vida.' Satriani's attorney Howard King tells Fox News that the band has so far dodged getting served the legal papers, and that a big awards show like the Grammys seems like a perfect place to corner Martin and Co.
The 52-year-old 'Surfing With the Alien' shredder is reportedly seeking damages and "any and all profits" from the group for allegedly plagiarizing his 2004 instrumental 'If I Could Fly.' Coldplay has denied stealing the riff, calling the similarities in the songs "entirely coincidental." They have been adamant, but also polite, about their stand on the issue. "Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write the song 'Viva La Vida,'" they said in a statement in December.
Satriani's lawyer even promises to have camera crews at the event on Sunday to videotape the transaction. Coldplay are up for seven nominations at this year's show, including the coveted Record of the Year for, you guessed it, 'Viva La Vida.' To top it off, they're also scheduled to perform live. The 51st Grammy Awards air February 8th on CBS.