Coldplay’s Oracle on Politik, Paradise, Warning Sign, “YMCVJMAJRNKGAM” and more…

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

November 22, 2012 – submitted by Francisco, Brazil
Q. I was wondering why the song Politik was named in German? Is there a special reason? Why it’s not Politic? Cheers, Francisco
The Oracle replies:
A while back, Chris gave an interview about it: “Phil said to me ‘Oh, you should have a song called Politic.’ And I said ‘Oh, all right’. It’s as simple as that. Because if he says something you do it, unless it’s something naff, but we liked it because it sounds Eastern… Russian. But it is meant to be with a K. We like it as a song title.”

November 22, 2012 – submitted by Miguel, Mexico
Q. Oracle, Reading some of your answers, I think that Yellow is the most played song in the history of Coldplay’s concerts. Is there an album song that has never been sung live? If not, which is the least perfomed song?
The Oracle replies:
I think you may be right, Miguel. Yellow must be the most performed Coldplay song over the past decade or so. Twisted Logic from X&Y wasn’t played live (not even on the Twisted Logic tour). Aside from that, I’d say if we’re going off songs that have been performed – but not often – Moving To Mars is probably the least performed.


November 21, 2012 – submitted by Katelyn, United States of America
Q. Is there any personal meaning behind the writing of Paradise to the band?
The Oracle replies:
There was a newspaper that reported the song was inspired by the ‘everyday childhood disappointments’ experienced by Chris’ daughter. He himself said: “Paradise is about a girl really, the female half of the album, just about being a bit lost in the world and escaping through fantasy.” Don’t forget, the band also said the album is more of a concept album than anything.

November 21, 2012 – submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q. Hello Almighty One, I just purchased the Live 2012 CD/DVD and it is fantastic. While looking through the included art booklet, I noticed something. On the last page, underneath the song symbols, it reads ‘YMCVJMAJRNKGAM’. What do these letters stand for? I hope that you and the band have a great Thanksgiving!
The Oracle replies:
The band have published similar before and I know many fans worked it out. Those letters are the initials of the band’s nearest & dearest. From left to right they are the significant other & children of Phil, Jonny, Will, Guy & Chris.

November 20, 2012 – submitted by AnnHoney, Colombia
Q. Hi Guys! I’m a Graphic Designer and I’m pretty impressed with your graphics ideas. Last week I saw your movie on theaters and I can’t remember the name of your designer on stage. The person who painted all your instruments and has the graffiti idea… who was… I think was a girl named Milly or something like that.
The Oracle replies:
The band actually came up with the graffiti idea initially and drafted in Paris. He (& his girlfriend Milk) painted the set, drapes and instruments etc. but Misty Buckley is the set designer.

November 20, 2012 – submitted by Fabio, Italy
Q. Do the guys have at least one personal copy of all of their own CDs, EPs, singles, etc.? Are they all in good conditions? For example, do they all have their copy of the Safety EP at home? And, in case, what is what they don’t have? :) Thanks, Fabio
The Oracle replies:
I’m pretty sure they won’t all have Safety EP but I know there are a couple of cassettes knocking around.. The thing is, when you’re in a band and making demos, you’re not really thinking about keeping a copy back for posterity. All their released material CDs are kept at their studio so no, they don’t keep copies at home. I have a very rare 7″ at home and the creator of that vinyl doesn’t have his own copy. I did consider giving him mine but then changed my mind…

November 20, 2012 – submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, Do you make an appearance in the new concert film? Someone claimed it was you at 1:47 during HLH, although I doubt the Oracle would ever admit to a public appearance. Cheers, Nick
The Oracle replies:
Although I was there at the Paris show (and Madrid) I don’t pop up. I normally stand quite far back or wander round to see it from all angles. I’m not in any backstage footage either…

November 19, 2012 – submitted by Terry, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle, how many guitars have been wrecked by the throw at the end of GPASUYF? Looks like a damaging throw!
The Oracle replies:
Looks can be deceiving. Sometimes the guitar needs serious first aid and Hoppy will spend a long time repairing it but guitars are pretty durable so sometimes there’s little to no damage.

November 19, 2012 – submitted by Fiona, United Kingdom
Q. I thought Coldplay do their recording at the Beehive and Bakery back home?
The Oracle replies:
They do – when they are back home. When they aren’t and the mood takes them, they use local studios. They’ve done this many times before in places such as Chicago, New York, Barbados…

November 19, 2012 – submitted by Sanaa, Australia
Q. Yesterday’s Sydney concert was absolutely amazing! But I was just wonderding, why did Chris decide to sing Warning Sign when in one of his interviews he said never wanted anything to do with that song? I’m not complaining it was so great hearing it!
The Oracle replies:
Warning Sign has been in the set (on and off) for months during the MX Tour. Like you, I was really pleased to hear it again. I remember being so shocked and happy to hear it again in Nice. I know Chris wasn’t keen on the song being included on AROBTTH but as for not playing it live… the band do go through phases of liking vs. disliking songs and sometimes they rediscover songs and find a new love for it. I’m sure we’ve all changed our opinions on things during our lives especially with the passing of time. It just goes to show that even if it’s reported in print or captured on video/audio it can always change.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (21 November 2012):

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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)

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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