Huillo, who has autism, joined the British band inside the Foro Sol venue and played the keyboards and sang an original song he wrote titled “Different is OK.”
Coldplay became aware of Huillo when a video that his father posted went viral of Huillo at their concert overcome with emotion while listening to them perform the song “Fix You.”
“I think of all the things we’ve ever done, this was the best video we’ve ever seen,” Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin said from the stage. “It was more important to us than anything we’ve ever made in terms of videos, that’s for sure.” Martin explained that Huillo has been using music as a way to “understand the world and feelings and people.”
A few days after the concert, Huillo’s father posted on Twitter that Huillo received a special gift from Chris Martin, Guy Berman, Will Champion, and Joy Buckland. The gift was a framed and signed note from the band featuring a stick-figure sketch of their performance together. Also included in the gift was one of the band’s guitar picks.
“Dear Huillo, you are the greatest,” the letter reads. “Thank you for singing your song with us – it is brilliant. Lots of love, Coldplay.”
What an incredible memory for, as Martin described Huillo, “a very special young man.”