Shirley Halperin
May 28, 2008 AT 04:40 PM EDT

Chris Martin, axman? No, the Coldplay frontman is not pulling a Dave Grohl and giving up his favorite instrument, but he is gearing up for some serious guitar shredding ― on a video­game console near you. “[‘Violet Hill’] is the first Coldplay song to be put on ‘Guitar Hero,’” Martin bragged to EW on a recent visit to the band’s London studio. And unlike much of their lulling repertoire, he cracks, “It’s not [all] about the piano s—.” The downloadable track will be part of a massive publicity rollout for Coldplay’s new album, Viva La Vida (out June 17), which includes a performance on the 2008 MTV Movie Awards (airing June 1) and free concerts in London (June 16) and New York City (June 23).

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