Coldplay’s Oracle on Anchorman, Live 2012 cinema screenings, Chris kissing the stage, Don’t Panic and more…

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

November 1, 2012 – submitted by Rebecca, Canada
Q. Dear Oracle, I saw the poster/picture on Facebook for the Coldplay live tour DVD and stumbled upon a familiar name near the bottom: Jim Parsons. How did the oh so famous Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory get around to producing this amazing film? Thanks Oracle!
The Oracle replies:
A few fans have asked the same but it’s not him; this is a different Jim Parsons. Jim owns a UK based production company and previously worked for another who worked with Coldplay in the past.

November 1, 2012 – submitted by Craig, United Kingdom
Q. Hi oracle. I’m currently contemplating over seeing the Live 2012 showing at the cinema and can’t quite work out if I should go or not. Can you help me please? How do you imagine the atmosphere being there? Will people even be singing along or anything? Won’t it feel strange for me since I’ve been to many (17) Coldplay shows in person? Thanks, and I only need a tiny bit of convincing to go haha! :-)
The Oracle replies:
SEVENTEEN??? That’s more that I went to. Wow. Well… having seen both the MX Tour live – about 8 times – and the Live 2012 at a cinema I am in a good position to say: go! It’s always great to re-live the show but the film means you see it from many angles including from the stage. It’s incredible to see what the band see. Not only are there various views, there’s backstage footage and other effects making it an altogether different experience. Of course you could wait for the DVD release but seeing it on the big screen with surround sound is a fantastic way to see it. I almost turned round a few times thinking crowds were whistling and cheering behind me. I was on the back row though…


October 31, 2012 – submitted by Melanie, St Lucia
Q. I have to say that Coldplay’s music videos are some of the most innovative and entertaining that I have ever come across. Do the video concepts come from the band themselves?
The Oracle replies:
Sometimes but by no means every time. They have a video commissioner at their label plus Phil Harvey is very involved in that creative process of looking at directors, pitches and treatments for video ideas. The whole concept for the Paradise video came from Chris and was all planned last minute while they were in South Africa.

October 31, 2012 – submitted by Elliott L, United Kingdom
Q. I wanted to book tickets to Coldplay Live 2012 on Vue cinemas but I was surprised to find that it is a certificate 15 so I cant see it. Why is this, Do they swear or anything, its just confusing :) P.S – HUGE HUGE HUGE Fan of Coldplay if you couldn’t tell :) Greetings From UK!
The Oracle replies:
I’m not sure if you got to see the show during the tour but yes, Chris does swear. It’s only a couple of times so I didn’t realize that would make it a certificate 15 though. PG surely? Anyway, in 19 days everyone will be able to watch it on DVD.

October 30, 2012 – submitted by Fatin, Malaysia
Q. Dear Oracle, I’ve been wondering why does the song Don’t Panic/Beautiful World has two title? Salam from Malaysia.
The Oracle replies:
It doesn’t; the song is called Don’t Panic. It is often referred to as Beautiful World because of the lyrics but that’s a mistake as it’s not and never has been its title. It was previously called Panic but that is the only other name it has ever had.

October 30, 2012 – submitted by Ana, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle, Why does Chris sometimes kiss the stage at the end of a concert? Thanks! Ana
The Oracle replies:
Some people kiss the tarmac when they get off a plane when it lands at “home” and some footballers kiss the turf. It’s just to mark what an amazing gig they had; a thank you, a goodbye and great night had.

October 30, 2012 – submitted by Gordon, United Kingdom
Q. So, we know about Anchorman but what about an Oracle. What’s your story? How much do you know?
The Oracle replies:
Well, I know quite bit. I’ve got nothing to do with The Matrix and have never been to Delphi. I am more the “Optional Reception of Announcements by Coded Line Electronics” Oracle. I can be wise and sometimes make wisecracks but I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you what I am not. I am not a public information service so it’s pointless asking me about: Tour dates – I won’t speculate, reveal, confirm/deny any so don’t ask. They’ll be announced on this site and then appear in the Live section. Petitions won’t work either. Live 2012 DVD – you know as much as me. It’s all there in News or the Shop. Live 2012 cinema screenings – click the link and find out the info – I don’t know. I can’t give permission for song usage (neither can the band – ask the label / publishers). I can’t grant personal requests, shout outs, dedications or invite the guys to your wedding (insert any special occasion here). I won’t tell you the meaning behind songs. I make good soups but that’s of no use to you at all. I am looking for really interesting, thoughtful questions but I’m not here to repeat what you’ve already read on this very website. Let’s mix it up guys and talk about some good stuff. Who’s going to go first?

October 29, 2012 – submitted by Grace, Australia
Q. Who is the “anchorman”. I love Coldplay and always will, but I just don’t understand whom the anchorman is. Is it the anchor of Coldplay or is it just one of the guys?
The Oracle replies:
As you know I won’t reveal identities so I will answer what is an anchorman?
An anchorman is at the helm of a radio/TV news programme. They present the news and coordinate and liaise with the rest of the team. The term is more popular in the U.S and perhaps the most famous one is the fictional Ron Burgundy. The name does indeed come from the idea they act as an anchor for all the news correspondents.

October 29, 2012 – submitted by Denise, United Kingdom
Q. Hello Oracle! I was just wondering if the boys were planning on doing more dates in Edinburgh & Kircaldy, in early December? I saw this on the website ‘concert boom’ & I hope it is true! thanks! :)
The Oracle replies:
I can’t put it more simply than this: if it’s not on OUR website, it’s either not confirmed or not happening. Our live section shows all our current dates and unless or until you read about live dates on this website treat all other reportings as rumour. I can tell you for a fact that Coldplay are NOT playing any Scottish dates in December nor has that ever been a probability.

October 29, 2012 – submitted by Mary, United Kingdom
Q. Wait. I’m so confused. So the Coldplay film is showing in select theaters? I thought you only bought it online? Please explain! Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
Both are more than possible… you can only buy it online but you can also watch it in selected cinema. That’s obviously going to depend on where you live as it’s not on general release or anything. Anchorman will provide more news about all that soon.

Mylo Xyloto Calendar 2013 (spoilers):

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]

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]