Just a day after “Viva La Vida” scored Coldplay three Grammy nods, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani filed a plagiarism suit against the band, claiming the tune borrowed “substantial original portions” of his own “If I Could Fly.” Rollingstone.com reports that The Satch is seeking a jury trail and all profits stemming from Coldplay’s song. Given “Viva La Vida” landed on an iTunes commercial, not to mention millions of iPods across the world, that’s a lot of cash. Give a listen to the lead guitar riff beginning at the 50-second mark of Satriani’s tune, and it’s clear the guy knows what he’s talking about. Of course, he’ll have to convince a jury (or whomever) that Coldplay were actually familiar with “If I Could Fly,” which appears on Satriaini’s 2004 album Is There Love in Space?, before writing “Viva La Vida”—a prospect that seems less than likely.
As you may recall, Coldplay have been accused of ripping people off before with “Viva La Vida.” Brooklyn indie band Creaky Boards made a YouTube video this summer claiming Chris Martin and co. stole the melody from their tune, ironically called “The Song I Didn’t Write.” Though considering Santriani’s “If I Could Fly” predates the Boards’ tune, it’s just as likely (as in not very) that they ripped him off as Coldplay did.