Coldplay singer Chris Martin has apologised to Joe Satriani over an alleged copyright infringement, explaining that he thought the US guitarist was Canadian.
Martin said Coldplay would never have thought they could have gotten away with their song Viva La Vida being similar to the New Yorker's 2004 track If I Could Fly, had they known he was American.
With wife Gwyneth at his side, an emotional Martin, stood at the top of the court steps after the copyright infringement case was dismissed yesterday.
Looking dewey eyed, he revealed, "I thought he was Canadian. I mean Canadians are fair game. But American? It was just dumb luck."
Coldplay have promised to check the nationality of all future acts they pay homage to.