SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says the band’s Super Bowl halftime show will try to honor the past, present and future.

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At a press conference Thursday, the band said that they will have the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles there to represent the future and Beyonce — whose 2013 performance they adore — for the past.

“We’ve watched all of the other halftime shows many times and most of them are fantastic,” Martin said. “I think we’re going to try to celebrate those other years and hopefully make a show as memorable as some of our favorites.”

Asked how they would fit 16 years of music into just 12 minutes, Martin joked: “We decided we’d play all our No. 1s and then work out how to fill the other 10 minutes.”

They did not reveal who else would join them onstage. But they did say they won’t perform the song “Hymn for the Weekend,” which they recorded with Beyonce for their new album, explaining that it only recently came out. “I don’t think it would be quite right,” said Martin.

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But they reiterated they are big Beyonce fans. “We love Beyonce’s music. She’s one of our all-time favorites and she’s one of the greatest performers I’ve ever witnessed,” said Martin.

The Carolina Panthers will face the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday night. The band members would not be drawn into revealing who they’re rooting for.

“I think we’re firmly spit down the middle between those of us who know absolutely nothing about football and those of us who know almost absolutely nothing about football,” said Jonny Buckland, the lead guitarist and band co-founder.

 

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