Rockers Coldplay paid a touching tribute to the victims of Hurricane Katrina during their show in New York last night (06SEP05) when they dedicated their hit The Scientist to the survivors.

The British group tweaked fans' consciences by showing harrowing footage from America's storm-ravaged southeast on huge screens at Madison Square Garden while they performed the tune.

Frontman Chris Martin also dedicated songs to Johnny Cash and Paris Hilton during the sold out show.

The group performed Cash's RING OF FIRE after explaining he had dismissed their tune Kingdom of Heaven, which they offered to the late country legend before he died - because "he thought it was s**t."

And Martin explained meeting Hilton at the recent MTV Video Music Awards was refreshing because she didn't have a clue who they were.