Coldplay’s Oracle on Chris Martin’s spare piano, customised roadie-wear, MX Grammy eligibility, Coldplay tattoos and more…

More questions answered by The Oracle… (over 2700 questions now answered – submit yours now!)

July 19, 2012 – submitted by Carolyn, United States of America
Q. What type of piano does Chris use for the concerts? Does he switch pianos? If so, what piano does he use for The Scientist? It has such a unique sound.
The Oracle replies:
Actually I’m not sure what he’s using at the moment because his usual one had technical faults at the Capital FM Summertime Ball gig. He then borrowed one from Jason (Mr. Xylobands) so that spare has become the main one for now.
He uses an electric piano though, not a standard upright.

July 19, 2012 – submitted by Linda, Canada
Q. I am an ER nurse I would like to supply branded Cold Play scrubs for the store and tour for your fans in healthcare to wear at work. The healthcare field is massive and we are fans! We have to wear scrubs at work why not with our favourite band. Please contact me to make this happen. Thank you for your consideration.
The Oracle replies:
I’m sure there are loads of Coldplay fans that work in the medical profession but that’s not really our thing – we’ll just stick to our usual merch. I just thought I’d reply as on this tour the crew have been wearing customized boiler suits and jackets. I’m sure people can adapt things like the scrubs hat thought there’s bound to be many health & safety rules to adhere to.


July 19, 2012 – submitted by David, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle, My first Coldplay song was, Paradise and it hooked me to Coldplay for life. It also hooked me to Mylo Xyloto. I’m loving the whole album. Not just the main tracks, I mean all the tracks, even UFO is a very meaningful song. The whole album works like magic. Since that i’m backtracking all the Coldplay albums and I love what im hearing. I was little disappointed it wasn’t selected as a nominee for Grammys. Why is that? Do you think it’ll be the album of the year for next Grammys? Paradise should have won a Grammy, it is that good. Will it be eligible for next year too? Thanks
The Oracle replies:
Mylo Xyloto was released on 24th October 2011 and the eligibility period for the 2012 Grammy Awards was October 1st 2010 to September 30th 2011. That means the album and singles will be eligible for the Grammys 2013 but who knows what will be nominated and subsequently win?

July 18, 2012 – submitted by Coldplay Fan, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, I’ve been hearing a lot about this Coldplay film and want some clarification as to what exactly it is. Someone told me it was like Live 2003 (only Live 2012), but I’ve also heard that it refers to the Mylo Xyloto animated film. Could you please tell me exactly what this is and also when we can expect it to be released? Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
Well, I can see why there has been some confusion but they are separate things. The Coldplay film that we announced via twitter is a live concert of the MX tour. We have not given any further details out so I’d keep an eye out for any future announcements from Anchorman on that. The Mylo Xyloto animated film was ditched quite some time ago and well before the album surfaced. There is now a comic in its place. More details of that can be found here.

July 18, 2012 – submitted by Yasmin, United Kingdom
Q. Is there anyway I can buy one of the puppets from the Viva la Vida tour?
The Oracle replies:
The puppets that were used in the Life in Technicolor ii video were the only ones made; we didn’t make replicas. They were sold earlier this year for charity so I’m afraid you can’t buy them or any in their likeness.

July 18, 2012 – submitted by Linah, Netherlands
Q. Where’s Mylo Xyloto recorded? The Bakery or the Beehive? They are both not used anymore, aren’t they?
The Oracle replies:
It was recorded at both the Bakery and the Beehive and actually, they are both still used.

July 17, 2012 – submitted by Arturo, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle, I need your help. On twitter I saw that Coldplay have been nominated for an award. I clicked on the link, tried to sign up, but it didn’t work. I had my sister try and do it too, but it did the same to her. When it asks you to sign up, it doesn’t ask you to make a password, and the password for your email doesn’t work either so I don’t know what password to use! I couldn’t log in and vote. Please help.
The Oracle replies:
You don’t choose a password; it chooses one for you initially. When you sign-up, an email will be sent to the email address you registered with. This will include your log in details and password. That’s what you use to vote. Looks like you can use your facebook details to vote too.

July 17, 2012 – submitted by Laura, United Kingdom
Q. My boyfriend wants to get a Coldplay tattoo. He’s a major fan. What lyrics would you suggest?
The Oracle replies:
I wouldn’t! A tattoo is so personal I think it should mean something to him so to that end, I think he should give a great deal of thought as to what he wants permanently inked on his skin. If he doesn’t know what to choose, I reckon he should wait until he does.

July 17, 2012 – submitted by Els, Belgium
Q. Hi, Will Coldplay perform this year 2012 in Belgium for the current tour?
The Oracle replies:
The Netherlands is your nearest – check the live section on this site for all current dates.

July 16, 2012 – submitted by Mansi, United States of America
Q. Do Chris/Coldplay call their studio The Bakery because of Chris’ love for Sherlock Holmes? Also I went the the 2nd Houston show and am seriously still speechless. That was truly the greatest night of my LIFE. I’ve loved Coldplay since I was 10 and 9 years later have not stopped. I hope you can relay this message to Coldplay and tell them how much they truly mean to me. Their music has helped me in my good times and bad and I will never be able to repay them for their musical genius. I myself am a musician and til this day have never been able to write a decent song and continue being in awe of their intellect. Please tell them thank you for what they do and that they are truly inspirational, spectacular and the GREATEST musicians of my time.
The Oracle replies:
Do you mean because of Baker Street? The street is named after the builder who laid the street out (William Baker). The bakery used to be an actual bakery so that’s how it got its name. Jonny is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes too by the way.

July 16, 2012 – submitted by Kenzo, Mexico
Q. Coldplay please I have really nice pictures of you guys in the toyota center in Houston I would love if you can see them please with all my heart
The Oracle replies:
The best option for your photos to be seen is to upload them to the Live Transmissions section of the website. If your pics are on tumblr, you never know, they may end up on ours.

July 16, 2012 – submitted by Kimberly, United States of America
Q. Oh my french toast sticks, I have been trying to figure this one out for a while, but I am stumped. Can you tell me where this is from? Here’s to hoping you can shed some light! Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
That looped clip is taken from a Make Poverty History campaign video.
MPH made short films with celebrities snapping their fingers every three seconds to represent when a child unnecessarily died from poverty.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the Verizon Center, Washington, DC (8-9 July 2012):

Photos courtesy of The Concert Man (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]
3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion] [NEW!]
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]
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]
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]
13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]
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]