Coldplay’s Oracle on 12.12.12 song choices, Essential ‘greatest hits’, end of the world, Chris’s dog and more…

More questions answered by The Oracle… (circa. 3100 questions now answered – submit yours now!)

December 20, 2012 – submitted by Anon, United States of America
Q. I was watching the 12.12.12 concert last night and of course, Chris was phenomenal. I was wondering… when performing those types of events, what goes in to choosing the songs performed? Is it based on time allowed or relevancy to the event? Odd question I know, but I’m a curious sort. Thanks!! Tracy
The Oracle replies:
Both of those things and other factors are taken into account when performing at such an event. The set list is always an important consideration regardless of the show. The suitability of the song, the audience – it’s not always going to be a crowd of Coldplay fans – and the practicality of performing it solo / unplugged / with a guest.

December 20, 2012 – submitted by Veronica, Argentina
Q. Hello Oracle! I want to know something. Is Coldplay Essential an official album?
The Oracle replies:
No; all the official recordings are on this website in the Recordings section. The band have never released any kind of Greatest Hits.


December 20, 2012 – submitted by Juicy, France
Q. Do I smell good?
The Oracle replies:
With a name like Juicy, hell yes!

December 20, 2012 – submitted by Arthur, Netherlands
Q. Hi Oracle! This has been bugging me since I first saw Live2012 in the cinema. I’ve been rewinding that part and playing it in slowmotion over and over again. Is or is that not Reese Witherspoon behind Chris during Us Against The World? :P Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
No, that’s not Reese. At first I could see the similarity but then that faded. Plus, I know where the VIPs sit at a show and it’s not by C Stage…

December 19, 2012 – submitted by Carolina, Mexico
Q. ¡Hola! I hope you are very well. Dear Oracle, I was not able to watch the 12.12.12 concert :( But I really wanted to… do you know if there is any website where I can see the concert again? All I’ve been hearing is “the concert was awesome!” so I really hope there is a chance for the ones who couldn’t watch it that day (: Happy holidays!
The Oracle replies:
I missed it too but was able to watch Chris’ performance here. The benefit’s website gave a list of how to watch it live on the night so I am hoping they will at some point announce a repeat or other ways to watch it officially. You can buy the album though…

December 19, 2012 – submitted by Sebastian, Mexico
Q. Does anybody that is involved in Coldplay believes in the end of the world?
The Oracle replies:
Let’s put it this way, if we did, we wouldn’t have U.S live dates in the diary for next week.

December 19, 2012 – submitted by Sessions, Japan
Q. Hey there. I googled & found this setlist at last night. 1. Is this real Glastonbury setlist for crew or members? 2. Who’s Des Fallon??
The Oracle replies:
Yes, that is an official set list for crew from last year’s Glastonbury. Des was a much-loved live concert video director who had worked with the band – he sadly died. I didn’t know him myself but everyone I know who did, loved him and were deeply saddened. The crew decided to end Glastonbury with a projection of Des inside the pyramid. There is now The Des Fallon Video Visionary Award as part of the TPi Awards which is a fitting tribute to the man.

December 18, 2012 – submitted by Dorothea, Austria
Q. Dear all-knowing Oracle, I found this video by coincidence on YouTube today… I am just curious if the boys did that several times (weddings, birthdays, BBQs) or was that a unique event? It’s so sweet to see how nervous Jonny was :) love them, coldplayer for live! :D Happy Holidays and THANK YOU for answering!!
The Oracle replies:
In that clip you hear Guy explain that they were on their way to a competition winner’s house. It isn’t common and they don’t do things like that often at all. I get asked if they will play weddings, birthdays etc. but they don’t… not that you asked, but you know, in case you were wondering…

December 18, 2012 – submitted by Christina, Ireland
Q. Hi Oracle :) What is the name of Chris’s dog? I saw a pic of him and Moses walking a white, fluffy dog. It’s very cute. Thank you.
The Oracle replies:
The cute little fluff ball is called Daffodil.

December 17, 2012 – submitted by Cameron A, Canada
Q. Chris looked pretty hot (both figuratively and literally) in his 3-piece suit at the 12-12-12 Sandy tribute concert. But why was he wearing one at all? It seemed really out of character for him.
The Oracle replies:
Why not? Usually when Chris performs he’s either with the band and therefore in stage “costume” but there have been other occasions where he’s either appearing solo or as a duo with Jonny. His attire for those have varied between both casual and smart. Last year, he & Jonny both looked particularly dapper at the Little Noise Sessions charity show.

December 17, 2012 – submitted by Sara, Hungary
Q. Hi Oracle! I’ve just seen a Christmas Lights Behind the scenes video, and I am wondering if it is possible that I saw Simon Pegg like one of the “violin players”.
The Oracle replies:
Simon Pegg was more than a violin player, he was Elvis!

Photos of Chris Martin at the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit concert, Madison Square Garden, New York (12 December 2012):

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]
3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion]
4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion]
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]
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]
10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy 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]
7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [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]

NOVEMBER 2012
10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]
12 Sydney, Australia @ MAX TV intimate show [discussion] [NEW!]
13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]

DECEMBER 2012:
29 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena [discussion] [NEW!]
30 New York, NY @ Barclays Center [discussion] [NEW!]
31 New York, NY @ Barclays Center (with Jay-Z) [discussion] [NEW!]

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)

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