Coldplay Denies Scheduling Show in Israel, Palestine: 'We're Only Here to Learn'

'We are just having an interesting and enlightening trip,' Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin says of band members' visit to Israel and the West Bank.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs a tribute to George Michael at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 22, 2017.
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs a tribute to George Michael at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 22, 2017. Toby Melville, Reuters

Coldplay on Saturday denied reports that it has officially agreed to perform in Israel or the West Bank. 

"We are in Israel and Palestine to listen and learn that's all," Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin wrote on Twitter. "There is no concert scheduled, we are just having an interesting and enlightening trip to learn about the area."
 
Martin denied reports that the band has signed a deal to perform. 

On Friday, local representatives of Coldplay said that while no date has been set, the band will soon play its very first show in Israel. According to the statement, Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland are in the country looking for a venue in both Israel and the West Bank.

The band, the statement said, was looking into venues in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but also in Jericho and the Palestinian city of Rawabi. Coldplay is planning to cooperate with Israeli and Palestinian artists over "a number of shows that allow the residents of the area and neighboring countries to enjoy the band."

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland pose in the Palestinian city of Rawabi.

Last month, reports said Coldplay would perform in Israel, but soon after, a representative for the band denied the reports, telling Rolling Stone no such plan existed.