Coldplay’s Oracle on confetti symbols, filming for the DVD, Green Eyes, Moses and more…

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

June 27, 2012 – submitted by Martin, Costa Rica
Q. Hello dear Oracle, I have seen interviews of Chris and Jonny, Will and Guy, etc… but never seen Will and Jonny together in any interview. Why is that? Also, is that true that one was the marriage best man of the other? Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
The usual set up is Chris / Jonny & Will / Guy but for no sinister reason. It’s just the dynamics of those pairings work really well in an interview situation and are usually convenient. There are video examples of a different formation here, here and here amongst others. One of Will & Jonny was not uncovered and leads me to wonder if that combo has ever taken place – as you ask. I’ve interviewed Guy, Jonny & Will but don’t recall a time when It was J&W together. Oh and no, they haven’t had any kind of rota on best man duties.


June 27, 2012 – submitted by GP, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, I hope to find you well. I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but I wanted some clarification. I was a bit confused on the background on a few songs. What I mean is, I thought that Chris Martin wrote Green Eyes for his beloved Gwenyth… however I read somewhere that it was written for/about Jonny Buckland? Was Moses for Gwenyth as well for their child? Thank you for your time, and greetings to you and to Coldplay from the lone star state :)
The Oracle replies:
Green Eyes was partly written about Jonny but not totally – Chris hadn’t even met Gwyneth when he wrote it. Moses was not written for their child either; the song came first.

June 26, 2012 – submitted by Gaston, Argentina
Q. Hey Oracle: I know Coldplay would never do this but I was watching this video and the song seems to be exactly as the studio version. Were they doing lip-syncing? Or the one who uploaded the video put the studio version over this video? Please answer me! Greetings from Argentina
The Oracle replies:
It’s not unusual for musicians to mime on U.K television (especially back then on this particular programme) but I assure you the vocals are live – Coldplay don’t lip synch. I think that’s a case of the video not being in perfect time.

June 26, 2012 – submitted by Bethany, United Kingdom
Q. Hello Oracle! I was wondering if you have any baby pictures of the band as we are doing Quizzes in class and I would think it would be nice if at least one member of Coldplay could be in the baby pictures round? Thank you! The show back at the start of June was amazing! Beth
The Oracle replies:
Nope, that’s far too cheesy that even I might struggle with the images! I’ve never seen a photo of Thom Yorke, Bono, KOL, Tom Waits or indeed feel a need to see any of the artists I love as infants. Sorry! Please don’t let any Coldplay baby photos materialize! Agggghhhhh!

June 26, 2012 – submitted by Amber, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle, so I went to the Coldplay concert in Dallas, Tx on the 23rd. I love Coldplay, I’m one of their biggest fans and I took video the entire time of the show. I fell in love with Coldplay all over again. It was my first Coldplay concert ever! Sadly enough I lost my memory card, shortly after the concert. I was crying alot. I’m from El Paso, Tx so I can’t go back and search for it. Is there anything you can possibly do to help me out? All my videos and pictures from the concert were on it :( it would mean the world to me. love Amber
The Oracle replies:
Oh bummer! That’s awful; only happened to me once but I got it returned (a film though – not a card, not sure how you lose one of those). Get yourself on a fan forum of some sort – coldplaying.com, tumblr et al to rediscover lost moments if you can.

June 26, 2012 – submitted by M L G, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle, I went to see the tour at the Ricoh Arena and then a week later I had a Coldplay crew member come in to my work (in a t shirt which said ‘local crew member Coldplay’ if you wondered how I knew. I was just wondering how do you come to be employees of Coldplay? Is it just by luck or do they actually have a recruitment process?
The Oracle replies:
If it says “local crew” the word “local” means they are working on that show but nothing further in the tour. It’s not luck per se; we don’t advertise as such. Crew and all tour personnel are usually already involved in the live circuit and know what they’re doing as it’s an enormous task to put a show on from city to city.
There’s no easy way to suddenly become a crew member on a tour of this size. If you see someone at a stadium in a t-shirt such as you described, it may be one of the venue’s staff rather than the band’s.

June 25, 2012 – submitted by Rose, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle, I went to the second Manchester gig (which was amazing!!), and at the end was lucky enough to get one of the band’s guitar picks when a roadie threw it off stage. I was wondering whose it was – do you have any idea which of the band uses yellow .73mm Dunlop picks? Thanks :)
The Oracle replies:
I do, thanks to Matt McGinn & Hoppy who both confirmed that what you have in your possession is one of Guy’s picks.

June 25, 2012 – submitted by Davis McCutcheon, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle, I submitted a question last night after the Dallas show (23) and I’ve felt bad ever since because I know I asked for a tall personal order. If you didn’t read my question, I asked if you could find out what Chris said (maybe?) to a group of dancing kids in front of him on the 23rd in Dallas. Well, I’ve rewritten my question: if you could possibly guess as to what he said here around 1:07, or tell me if this is something he’s said at past shows, I’d appreciate it tremendously- you truly have no idea how much it would mean! Again, the show was brilliant! Thanks Oracle!
The Oracle replies:
Yes, I did get the other Q but hadn’t got around to answering because we have
Team Oracle on Fridays. I can’t make out what he says I’m afraid (sounds like something about 3 boys looking straight at…). I can tell you that it’s not a change I’ve heard before and Chris certainly didn’t say the same the night before. I’m sorry that it doesn’t confirm your hopes that he was saying something to you* but it sounds like he could have been!

June 21, 2012 – submitted by Raquel, United States of America
Q. Greetings from Miami Florida, Oracle! Like many fans I was ecstatic when I read Coldplay got themselves a tumblr! It’s seriously the best thing since sliced bread! So who exactly would be running the blog?
The Oracle replies:
Tumblr will be much like twitter, facebook and Coldplay.com in that Anchorman will oversee it. Roadie #42, the band including Phil and sources close to the band will all contribute. You will too if your art is reblogged.

June 21, 2012 – submitted by Aude, Monaco
Q. Hi Oracle ! I was wondering if the guys play “Drawsomething” (on iphone and android) ? I’m playing with “GuyBerryman”, is he the real or just a fake ? Thaaaanks :) Aude
The Oracle replies:
You are definitely NOT playing it with our Guy Berryman! If the band are drawing something they won’t be using their real names and would probably just play against their close friends and family otherwise they’d possibly have a million turns to take!

June 21, 2012 – submitted by Anna, United States of America
Q. Hi, the oh so lovely Oracle! I’m going to one of Coldplay’s upcoming U.S. shows… but I’m incredibly sad. It’s just that my seat is all the way in the back of the arena and I’m surely not going to see much from back there. Chris and the rest of the band might just appear as tiny little moving dots. That’s how far back my seat is! So, I’m hoping to just sneak in towards the front of the arena (not all the way to the front, just close enough–like the middle section). I’m just wondering if you think it would be a good idea? I don’t want to get caught (and considering it’s going to be a huge crowd, I don’t think I will–but there is always the chance of getting caught anyways), but I might feel guilty afterwards because that was someone else’s seat. However, I don’t think people would care much. But do you think it’s right to sneak in towards the front? Do you guys frown upon that? It’s just this is my first concert and I want to enjoy it and be able to watch my favorite band up close (not to mention, I have a massive crush on Chris so this would be the only chance I’d get to see him). I’m not explaining this all too well, but hopefully you will be able to understand what I am trying to say. P.S. I have this camera (a Pansonic Lumix to be exact… the ones with lenses, not the smaller ones), and I was wondering if I would be able to bring that to the concert?
The Oracle replies:
Given I’m English and of a certain age, I can’t condone going where you shouldn’t be. Sneaking further forward would fill me with the dread of being caught – I’m no good at breaking the rules. Now, I do understand as I have been on the back few rows at many concerts but I still had amazing times. The thing with the current Coldplay show is, it doesn’t matter where you are sat. You’re going to get the most amazing experience because of the Xylobands, fireworks, X stage, C stage and the amazing screens showing close-ups of the band throughout. Not to mention the music!

June 20, 2012 – submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle. So I seen MX tour at Manchester, Etihad… Which was fantastic – obviously, and managed to grab me some MX confetti. When I got it home I posed the question, what do these shapes mean? where do they come from? who came up with them? Can you enlighten me with your knowledge? Thanks. Dan
The Oracle replies:
The confetti is based on the symbols that appear in the Mylo Xyloto artwork.

June 20, 2012 – submitted by Patricia, United States of America
Q. Dear epic Oracle, This video when Chris was signing his dollar bill, he asked if that was legal. I asked my dad if it was and he said it was illegal. So does that mean the whole Robin Hood tax thing is illegal? I’m glad that people want to make a difference but as Chris asked, “You sure this is legal?” Love from New Jersey, Patricia
The Oracle replies:
The Robin Hood Tax is legal (obviously) but defacing the dollar bill – or indeed currency in many countries including the U.K – is illegal. It’s symbolic to the campaign. Somebody really should tell magicians

June 19, 2012 – submitted by Esmeralda, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle! I was wondering if the band is always this funny when they are among themselves like in this video. Thank you.
The Oracle replies:
I have to admit that they are still this funny and do have a laugh in the studio and on tour. They’re not making little films out of it but their sense of humour lives on! It was great to see that video after such a long time. That was filmed TEN years ago!

June 19, 2012 – submitted by Sophie, United Kingdom
Q. Do you know when the DVD of the Mylo Xyloto Emirates shows will be released?
The Oracle replies:
Er, nobody said there is going to be a DVD from the Emirates shows so I don’t know where you got that from. Let’s nip that rumour in the bud. There is going to be a DVD but it’s not isolated to London. If you see people filming the gigs, don’t forget that you’re seeing the live footage on huge screens and that’s how they do that – with cameras.

June 19, 2012 – submitted by Joe, United Kingdom
Q. My girlfriend and I have booked tickets to see Coldplay and we can’t wait! However, the tickets we have are ‘obstructed view’, I know it is a 360 degree stage but I was wondering, in your previous experience, how obstructed is the view exactly as we’ve wanted to see the band live for so long and hope we don’t have bad seats! Please help. Joe
The Oracle replies:
I’m afraid I can’t comment without knowing whereabouts you are but please don’t get back in touch with that info as I have nothing to do with seating at all so won’t be able to help. Perhaps try the venue to see if they have a seating plan for the show up. All I can tell you is that you may have a side of stage view which I always find intriguing to watch everything going on. I’m not sure there’s such a thing as bad seats though. Oh, and it’s not a 360 degree stage so you definitely won’t be sat behind the band.

June 18, 2012 – submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q. Hello! I found this flyer online. I know Coldplay and Muse used to be friends and obviously they’re both very busy at the moment, but in the future do you think they would ever play a gig together again? They’re my favourite bands of all time and think it would be so amazing! Hope you’re having a great day, Oracle
The Oracle replies:
Coldplay supported Muse (as you can see in that flyer) but that was back in 2000! They have both reached the same level in terms of stadium tours and it would be very difficult – nay impossible – to get both sets of productions into one show. They may share the same stage at event or festival but they won’t tour together, no. FYI Dom was at the Emirates show in London on the second night. Speaking of production, may I just take a moment… The tragic events at the Radiohead concert this weekend claimed the life of their drum tech, Scott Johnson. My thoughts go out to his family.

June 18, 2012 – submitted by Carly, United Kingdom
Q. Pleading for your help! At Manchester City stadium on the 09/06/12 my extremely romantic (boyfriend at the time) proposed to me during my favourite song, yellow. We were standing at the front, to the left hand side of the stage. I know several people filmed this, but unfortunately in all the excitement we forgot to get anyone’s names to get hold of the footage. Could you please help by posting this, in the hope the people who filmed our lovely moment will post it! Please help. Carly. X
The Oracle replies:
Congratulations. You’re better posting this query on the Coldplaying fan site’s forums to be honest…

June 18, 2012 – submitted by Anna Rose, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, I am so stressed. I’m going to see Coldplay next month (WOOO SO EXCITED!) with two of my friends. And as you can see I am very excited! I’ve actually been waiting for this concert for about 5 years, since when I first started listening to them when I was 11. Coldplay is more than just a band to me, they have gotten me through so many hard times and bad situations. So this concert for me is more than just a concert, it is a sort of closure. It’s the end of all the bad things that happened before and looking forward to the future. Unfortunately, I don’t think my friends understand this. I was talking to them the other day, and I want to be at the doors, run in, front row, like that perfect concert experience that I’ve yet to have! But they were like, no, let’s pregame and tailgate! As you can figure I’m only 16, and I’m not against drinking or anything but seriously? This is a once in a lifetime experience possibly, and I want to do it my way. What should I do, Oracle? Do I seperate from my friends and make my own experience? Or should I just go with the flow (something that’s really difficult for a control freak like myself)? Please help, I want this to be good but now I’m just stressing and worrying and being negative :( Thank you for your help, Anna Rose
The Oracle replies:
Do it your way but have a designated meeting point for after the show. Make sure you are all prepared with charged up phones and know what the plan is it too. I once took someone to a show who had no phone battery and she went to the bathroom leaving me with her bag, coat and purse. I didn’t see her again. She hadn’t paid attention to the meeting point that we had arranged in case something happened so I stood there waiting and missed my public transport home. When thousands of people are leaving a stadium at the same time, it can get quite hairy so please make sure you all meet & get home safely.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL (29th June 2012):

Photos courtesy of Miami New Times

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]

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