Coldplay’s Oracle catches up on Edmonton, Summertime Ball, Roadie FC and #ColdplayFilm questions

More questions answered by The Oracle… (over 2600 questions now answered – submit yours now!)

April 25, 2012 – submitted by Lauren, United Kingdom
Q. Are there any songs the guys have wrote about themselves as a band or are there any songs about anyone in the band beside Chris?
The Oracle replies:
I think many of us know that Green Eyes was partly written about Jonny (awwww) and although songs have been written for and inspired by people close, I think that’s the only one. I do recall that Help Is Around the Corner – the b side to Yellow – was written about the band’s situation whilst recording the first album during their studio stint at Parr St, Liverpool.

April 25, 2012 – submitted by Rolando, Mexico
Q. Hey Oracle, what happen with the Coldplay puppets?
The Oracle replies:
They were sold with proceeds going to charity. Chris the puppet emails me* to tell me where they are and he even has a MX costume now that the new owner had made for him. *I am NOT joking!


April 25, 2012 – submitted by Muhammad, Malaysia
Q. Dear Oracle, My friend and I planning on doing a shirt of our own for Coldplay. It’s for our fan club here in Malaysia. Hope you’re okay with it.
The Oracle replies:
Coldplay images and logos are copyrighted so you can not reproduce them without seeking permission (you won’t be granted that) or licensing – that’s not something that we get involved with by the way. I’d be very careful before using someone else’s design work or photography for your own profit, there could be legal implications.

April 24, 2012 – submitted by Craig Shackleton, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle you mentioned recently about suggesting songs that may fit for the stripped down B-stage part of the show. How about Amsterdam? It can start of intimate on the X then Will and guy can get back down to the main stage for the big end to the song.
The Oracle replies:
I actually mentioned that Phil Harvey had tweeted, “Need suggestions for acoustic bit in middle of the show”. I have been receiving suggestions but it’s not me that wants them. Tweet @coldplay to make suggestions but obviously, they can’t play them all! I have to say Amsterdam would certainly be a popular choice (not just for me) a much-loved fan favourite.

April 24, 2012 – submitted by Saz, United States of America
Q. Hello dear Oracle, This is not so much a question as it is a request. I will soon be going to see Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl and I always hoped that at a Coldplay concert I would be able to hear the song Yellow, but experience it like seen in videos with giant yellow bouncy balls. So if you could put in a good word for us Cali kids to get to experience that live, that would be fantastic. Thanks. :)
The Oracle replies:
I don’t need to put a good word in for you as that will definitely be happening. If you read the review of the first show in Edmonton, you’ll see the yellow balloons are still very much a feature of Yellow live.

April 24, 2012 – submitted by Molly, United Kingdom
Q. Coming to see Coldplay in Manchester on the 9th June, but just heard that you’re playing Capital summertime ball on the same day? U still gonna come Manchester? :(
The Oracle replies:
As Anchorman reported, the band will play BOTH Wembley and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 9th June.

April 24, 2012 – submitted by Stewart, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, I saw the question about the crew vs. band football match and I was wondering, with all of the crew in that picture and only 4 (or 5 if Phil was there) band members, wouldn’t the crew have had way more people on their team than the band did on theirs?
The Oracle replies:
If you look at the photo Stuart, you’ll see that not all the band members are there. I think they actually play 5 a side so I can spot Jonny, Will, Phil, Frosty, Dan & Kelly as Team CP and I am guessing that the rest of the motley crew (no pun intended) will be the varying options for Roadie FC. I did actually say to Roadie #42 yesterday that I hardly recognized anyone in the team!

April 23, 2012 – submitted by Christian, Germany
Q. Hey Oracle, I’ve seen the picture of the crew vs. band football match Roadie #42 posted on his blog. I was wondering if this is the whole crew for the tour ’cause it seems like few people to manage such a big thing like a world tour.
The Oracle replies:
Gosh no, Christian, you’re quite right to assume that’s too few people for a huge tour; that’s nowhere near the full crew. There are 2 crews taking 2 stages, plus backline crew as well as a local crew at each venue. I should imagine the number of people it takes to put on a show of this scale is well into the 3 figure area. The backline crew who make up the crew football team is considerably smaller.

April 23, 2012 – submitted by Adelaide, United States of America
Q. Respectable Oracle, How is it that we, as Coldplayers, are asked to upload pictures and videos to update the Live Archive when cameras are not allowed? Or is it assumed that we all own smart-ish cellular devices? I am not trying to be facetious, just wondering how others have gotten by sneaking these shots because I am seriously contemplating smuggling a memory catcher *cough* into the Coldplay concert I am soon attending. Love always, Adelaide
The Oracle replies:
Who says you’re not allowed to take a camera? Apart from camera phones which I know many people do have these days, you are allowed to take cameras – as long as they’re not full professional kit. Leave the telephoto lens at home but snap away and then share your pics via Live Transmission.

April 23, 2012 – submitted by Mark, United Kingdom
Q. Hello Oracle, a while back I told you about a girl who I had liked for a while and had finally worked up courage to ask out, well she said no and told me she just wanted to be friends, she seemed and does still seem sincere so I’ve decided to give friendship at chance as we really do get on very well, next year we both plan to go to wales for university and she has asked me to be her flat mate next year, should I say yes, i.e I’ve told her it’s no big deal her not liking me back etc and I believe this, but it would be awkward to have her bringing potential dates over.
The Oracle replies:
DO NOT live with this girl. Please promise me you aren’t secretly hoping that one day the friendship will bloom into romance? Why inflict this torture on yourself? I think it’s pretty daft of her to even ask you to be honest. If you have strong feelings for her and then share your living space with her, you will be putting yourself in a very unhealthy situation. By all means stay friends but keep it at a safe distance. I’m not even sure staying friends will work out for you if you love her so please tread carefully.

April 19, 2012 – submitted by John B, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, there was a CD sale at my university, and among the hundreds of used CDs I found a Coldplay album entitled Live In 2001. The man selling it said it was unreleased, and I bought it out a curiosity. Is it in any way official, or a bootleg of some sort?
The Oracle replies:
Much like the DVD answer I gave t’other day, the CD you have is an unofficial bootleg. The DVD in 2003 did have a special edition with a bonus live CD. That later became available as a separate entity – that’s the only official live release.
We also gave away LRLRL which was also a live recording.

April 19, 2012 – submitted by Meghan, United States of America
Q. What time does Coldplay take the stage? We have tickets for Seattle, but my daughter has to play the flute in her school band concert and we need to know if we’ll still have time to get there for them or if we should just try to sell our tickets. We’d be bummed to do it, but we don’t want to miss half the show and there’s no way our 14-year-old can get out of her school performance. Thanks in advance.
The Oracle replies:
Here’s the info for States dates: Doors 5pm; The Pierces 7pm; Metronomy 7:45pm; Coldplay 9pm – 11pm

April 19, 2012 – submitted by Hannah, United Kingdom
Q. Hi, Phil tweeted before about there being another concert DVD, do you have any idea where they’re thinking about filming the concert yet? Or any other information regarding the DVD? Thanks, its pretty exciting!
The Oracle replies:
No, that’s why Phil tweeted “…but where to film it?” Feel free to tweet him back with your suggestions – others have. It is exciting, you’re right. I personally cannot wait! I have no news for you. It’s a case of watch this space. Well, not *this* space obviously, just keep an eye on the website and twitter in the coming weeks & months.

April 18, 2012 – submitted by Robert, United States of America
Q. That’s odd… I could have sworn I pasted you the link. I sincerely apologize for my error*. Anyways here it is. *(Just in case it doesn’t post this time) I am referring to the Up With The Birds / U.F.O. single that’s going to be released for Record Store Day supposedly containing live renditions of both tracks.
The Oracle replies:
Ah, hello again Robert. To remind anyone in case they missed this yesterday, Robert asked: “Is there any validity to this? 2nd: If there is… HOW CAN I GET A HOLD OF THIS BEFORE THE RELEASE IS SOLD OUT?” Thanks for clearing that up, I thought I had gone mad. Yes, it just so happens that it is true and all the info you need is on the Record Store Day website.

April 18, 2012 – submitted by Maya, United States of America
Q. What are Coldplay fans called? Like, Coldplayers? And if we don’t have a name, we should make one!
The Oracle replies:
I know Lady Gaga has her Monsters and Justin has his Beliebers but “we” don’t have a name for Coldplay fans. Chris obviously says you are the best fans in the world but it’s fans who refer to themselves as Coldplayers.

April 18, 2012 – submitted by Meagan, United States of America
Q. Does Phil tour with the band or does he only work with them in the studio?
The Oracle replies:
Both. There may be the odd occasion when Phil’s not on tour but generally he is. He’s not always sat in every studio session either, but he’ll be around and very much a part of it all.

April 17, 2012 – submitted by wsal, Canada
Q. I just love Glass of Water, it’s gotta be my top 3 favourite Coldplay songs and actually top 3 song in general!! Since, I love it so much I wanted to know whether Coldplay likes to play that song and whether they do on tour? Thanks a bunch!
The Oracle replies:
Well, Phil has tweeted “Need suggestions for acoustic bit in middle of the show”, so maybe you could suggest Glass of Water? Or anything else for that matter…

April 17, 2012 – submitted by Georg, Germany
Q. Hi there, as I see myself as a Coldplay fan and especially loved the atmosphere at the live performance (December 2011 in Cologne, and there are more concerts for me to come), I bought the Violet Hill DVD released in late 2011. It turns out that the quality of this DVD is bad, bad, bad in every aspect (image ratio, sound quality, wrong song titles…). Why did Coldplay approve something that bad and disappointing? Is it just about the money for them, or is it possible they don’t even know of it? Why not publish something as beautiful as Coldplay Live 2003 again?
The Oracle replies:
Coldplay DID NOT approve the Violet Hill DVD – I have never even heard of it. There are countless bootlegs and illegal recordings around but only one official DVD and that’s the one you mentioned: Coldplay – Live 2003. There hasn’t been anything that came close to that since but it doesn’t mean there never ever will be.

April 17, 2012 – submitted by Heather, Canada
Q. I was wondering if Guy Berryman took any sort of a production role during the making of MX. At first I thought this was an unworthy question to ask because of the pressence of other producers like Markus Dravs, Rik Simpson, Dan Green, & Brian Eno during the creation of the album. However, when I thought of Guy’s involvement in producing The Pierces, James Levy & The Blood Red Rose, and Apparatjik, I thought I should ask you to clarify. Thanks you so much!
The Oracle replies:
Actually Heather, the whole band get involved on the production side of things and always have – even on Parachutes.

April 17, 2012 – submitted by James, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle, why is the UK tour so short compared to the US tour? All of the bands tickets are sold out in the MEN as far as I know and so is London plus I live in Liverpool so the only realistic place is Manchester, always wanted to go and see the band live and will now have to wait until their next tour :/
The Oracle replies:
The USA is in the top 5 countries listed by area while the UK is hanging around the #80 mark. There is a vast difference in size of the countries for starters!
By the way, if you’ve been looking at tickets for Manchester’s M.E.N, you definitely won’t find tickets as they’re playing the Etihad Stadium. Keep trying, there may be tickets available or other fans may not be able to go so don’t give up just yet.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the Rogers Arena, Vancouver (20-21 April 2012):

Photos courtesy of FiveZeroThree.com (click for more!)

Don’t forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:

FEBRUARY 2012
8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]
9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]
10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]
12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]
16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]

MARCH 2012
2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]
4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]

APRIL 2012
17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]
18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]
20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]
25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]
27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]
28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

MAY 2012
1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion] [NEW!]
18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]
20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]
22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]
24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]
29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]

JUNE 2012
1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion] [NEW!]
9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]
29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]

JULY 2012
2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]
3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]
5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]
30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

AUGUST 2012
1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]
3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]
30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

SEPTEMBER 2012
2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]
4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]
6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]
12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]
14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]
19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]
22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]

Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)
Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)
Read also: 2012: Live Appearances – Easy Thread Finder (last updated – 12th January 2012)
Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)

Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying’s new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]

The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don’t take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) – simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]