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Chris Martin, Jimmy Fallon Give David Bowie Tribute with 'Life on Mars' Cover [WATCH]

by Carolyn Menyes   Mar 22, 2016 16:26 PM EDT

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It's been nearly three months since David Bowie passed away, but the tributes to the iconic rock star keep pouring in. This time, Coldplay's Chris Martin joined forces with The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for a touching cover of the very fitting "Life on Mars."

The set-up for the simple piano cover is that Coldplay was backstage at The Tonight Show, and Martin just so happened to be toying around on his piano. Fallon then whips out his Bowie impression, but instead of doing something comical or broad, he actually plays it straight, simply singing the 1971 hit while mimicking Bowie's signature tone.

Meanwhile, Martin never chimes in on vocals. Though it seems like he should accompany Fallon in a duet at any given moment, he just plays the piano part of "Life on Mars," except for a guitar solo midway through the track.

The appearance on The Tonight Show is just the latest tribute that Martin and Coldplay have paid to David Bowie in the months following his death. Martin also sang a cover of Bowie's "Heroes" during his appearance on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment.

Coldplay's Will Champion also revealed that the band had pitched a collaboration to Bowie in the years before his death, but the legendary rocker turned them down, simply stating that the proposed trach was "not a very good song, is it?"

"He was very discerning - he wouldn't just put his name to anything," Champion said. "I'll give him credit for that."

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