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Guitarist: Coldplay Cold-Jacked My Song

12/5/2008 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Some badass guitarist is suing Coldplay for allegedly ripping off his song -- and once you hear this guy's Cold-case, it's gonna blow your frickin' mind.

It's all over Coldplay's number one hit "Viva La Vida" -- Joe Satriani says "Viva" is way too similar to his 2004 instrumental, "If I Could Fly." Now, he's asking for "any and all profits" ... and given that "Vida" topped the chart in 36 countries, we could be talking about a lot of money.

Satriani has worked with everyone from Mick Jagger to Deep Purple.

A rep for Coldplay had no comment.

UPDATE
: The lawsuit was settled outside of court -- the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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46.

muadib37    

Guitar geek? Put down the crayons kids and let the adults write the copy from now on. Anyone who knows anything about music knows Satch is one of the best guitarists around. WMMR just played the songs layered on top of each other and it's the same.

2112 days ago
47.

wkryan    

Similar but not the same. Coldplay cleaned it up - ALOT

2112 days ago
48.

pinkzebra    

Joe is an outstanding guitarist and uniquely gifted musician, not to mention a geniunely nice guy (I worked with him many years ago when he first started to make a name for himself). I don't believe he would initiate a lawsuit on a whim. I, for one, thought they sounded too much alike for it to be a coincidence - obviously they underestimated Joe's integrity. FYI, Joe has been nominated for a Grammy and makes bags of money on record sales and touring.

2112 days ago
49.

cindywindy    

No, they just remade it into something that would appeal to the demographic they were aiming for - the male preteen and teenage 12 - 18 group - the listeners of bubble gum rock and the Jonas Brothers. Anyone more sophisticated or educated than that would think Satriani's instrumental was perfect like it is and that the Coldplay version was "dumbing down" the song into something unrecognizable.

2112 days ago
50.

Chris    

OMG get a Life, Coldplay did not take there song, it doesn't even come close to that guy who the hell is that guy, Again get life,

2112 days ago
51.

You Wait And See    

Actually, Coldplay's instrumental music doesn't sound like Santriani's instrumental. Only Coldplay's vocals mimics Santriani's instrumental music. So actually Coldplay didn't really rip off Santriani and I believe it would be tossed out of court.

2112 days ago
52.

Nuts    

ah man sure sounds a lot alike.if he does win he will get some nice settlement.

2112 days ago
53.

Angel    

Before listening to either audio, I was prepared to be on Coldplay's side...but Satriani clearly has a point, he was ripped off. I hope he financially gets what he deserves.

2112 days ago
54.

PATRICK HALE    

SHOW JOE THE MONEY.......ALL OF IT !!!! OH MY GOD WHAT WAS COLDPLAY THINKING AND HOW MANY TIMES HAVE THEY DONE THIS BEFORE ??? JOE DESERVES EVERY PENNY THAT COLDPLAY MADE FROM THAT SONG SINCE IT IS ALMOST AN EXACT CLONE OF HIS SONG FROM 14 YEARS AGO. I AM A MUSICIAN WHO PLAYS BASS AND GUITAR AND I AM VERY IN TUNE WITH MAKING SURE ANY ORIGINAL MATERIAL I DO WITH MY BAND DOES NOT SOUND LIKE ANYONE ELSE. GO GET 'EM JOE !!

2112 days ago
55.

sound    

Wow, first time I've actually heard a valid claim of music theft. That is too close to be a coincidence.

2112 days ago
56.

William    

Once you've heard one Satriani song, you've heard his entire catalog. Maybe Joe should sue himself.

2112 days ago
57.

robert pattinson sucks monkey junk    

#11 is a lousy person if you ask me!
where does it say this guy is a guitar-geek?
it does sound alike, but not nearly exact...notes can be reused, but a good band is a good band...now i like both!
OH...and #10, to even compare ANYTHING to nicelback is totally over-doing it,(unless its the jonas brothers or robert pattinson) Coldplay is WAYWAYWAY better than them

2112 days ago
58.

raven will be famous!    

"Ona"...52nd

YOUR A FREAKING IDIOT!!!
the first valid claim? what the hell? lol what a laugh...i agree with.....54th "robert pattinson sucks monkey junk" hehheheheh

2112 days ago
59.

Jeremy Bosco    

Coldplay sucked BEFORE ripping off the much more talented Satriani.

And, @NAH (#4):
Okay, and what's the problem with '80s music? Are you just so great and fan-freakin'-tastic, and have such a perfect life, that '80s music is beneath you, or what? It's fine if you don't like music from back then, but don't act like you're so much better than the music, or those that listen to it. If you can't do that, then shut the hell up, and go take your "perfect" self elsewhere.

2112 days ago
60.

CriticXtreme    

It's a straight up rip off!!!! It seems the more famous you get the less talented and creative you get. If you listen carefully, Coldplay stole the song and recorded it in the same key as Joe Satriani song! Now that's rich! Usually the when you rip off someone's material you change the key! Also Joe, your one of the best guitarist around!

2112 days ago
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