Coldplay’s Oracle on What If, Capital Summertime Ball, Apparatjik, Xylobands and more…

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May 24, 2012 – submitted by Fokke, Switzerland
Q. Dear Oracle, Like yourself, I love the song What If from X&Y. I don’t think they ever played this song live. Do you know why? I will go to to concert in Zurich this Saturday and obviously hope that you can influence the guys to put this on their playlist :-) Best regards from a Dutch guy in Switzerland.
The Oracle replies:
It was played during the Twisted Logic tour back in 2005 but it wasn’t a permanent fixture on the setlist. Last December it reappeared, much to my delight, on the European leg of the tour after a lengthy hiatus.

May 24, 2012 – submitted by Christy, United Kingdom
Q. Hi Oracle, I was just wondering if Coldplay are playing the Capital Summertime Ball before or after the Mylo show the same night?
The Oracle replies:
They’ll be playing Wembley first and their own show will be as scheduled, so no changes there.


May 24, 2012 – submitted by Gemma, Denmark
Q. Dearest Oracle, I currently live in Denmark, and have been strongly considering going to Roskilde Festival, where Guy’s secondary band, Apparatjik, will be performing. But then I checked the tour dates of Coldplay’s tour, and I can see that the boys will be playing in America for nearly the whole duration of the festival, with an exception of the 7th of July. My question is; Will Guy be flying to Denmark to perform onstage with Jonas Bjerre & Magne Furuholmen, or will he not be onstage, whatsoever? Thanks (:
The Oracle replies:
I can see why it would look possible because of the 7th July being a non-show day but as the band will be in Philadelphia on the 6th and due in Washington on the 8th, the flight times and time zone changes would make it too much of a risk to take. I’d go as far to say it’s (almost) impossible.

May 23, 2012 – submitted by Sheila, United States of America
Q. Hello, I’ve been poking around the Oracle section and have come across many questions that refer to Xylo-bands. Can you explain what they are? I’m going to a show in August and I want to at least partially know what to expect.Thank you (o:
The Oracle replies:
Xylobands are wristbands with LED lights that flash and light up during certain songs. They are handed out as you enter the venue and are activated by radio control. All you do is wear it like a bracelet and wait for the show to start.

May 23, 2012 – submitted by Rachel, United States of America
Q. I was reading Will’s response to the twitter questions for #coldplaylive. Will said that his favorite opening act for them was Arcade Fire. I was wondering for which tour and dates that Arcade Fire was the opening act. I absolutely love Arcade Fire and Coldplay! I wish I could’ve seen them together.
The Oracle replies:
Technically he didn’t actually say that they were the opening act; he said they’d had the pleasure of sharing the same bill at festivals. I know that doesn’t exactly answer the question of who his favourite band they’ve toured with is.

May 23, 2012 – submitted by Simao, Portugal
Q. During the concert in Porto, on the 18th of May, when the band were playing Charlie Brown, Chris Martin says “(Jason?) I love you man.” And “This is for ???”.
You can see it in this video from 2:53. Could you please let me know what does he say, and who’s Jason (or whoever’s name he’s saying)?
The Oracle replies:
Yes, he does say Jason. Jason is the guy who invented the Xylobands. After that he says, “This is for the person right at the back now”.

May 22, 2012 – submitted by Ben, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, In Roadie 42’s most recent article, he talked about how awesome the Hollywood Bowl was, and I was just curious if the guys have looked at performing at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in the US, because it is a truly amazing venue. Thanks for your time, Ben
The Oracle replies:
They already have Ben. Back in 2003 they played there on the A Rush Of Blood To The Head tour. If you visit our archived Timeline, and click 2003, you will find a clip and blurb at 5th June.

May 22, 2012 – submitted by Aimee, Poland
Q. during European MX tour, concerts are every other day. I was wondering if guys comes home (I mean UK) or stays in European countries where they perform on the day off? Love, Aimee
The Oracle replies:
They were in Portugal the night before that show as it was the first of the European leg but they do come home in between the rest to be with their families.

May 22, 2012 – submitted by Irit, France
Q. I have Coldplay golden circle tickets to the Nice concert tonight. The tickets say to be there at 20h. What time should I get there to be as close to the stage as possible?
The Oracle replies:
I’m afraid the time you get there is entirely up to you. The golden circle may mean you could chance getting there later but to be honest I wouldn’t leave it ’til 8pm. Coldplay should be on at 10 so you will be there in plenty of time if you get there at 8 but that won’t be close to the stage as Rita Ora is on at 8 and Marina & the Diamonds at 8.45.

May 21, 2012 – submitted by Dhamar, Mexico
Q. Hey, dear Oracle! What’s first? Ode to Deodorant or Safety EP? I’m confused, please reply! Greetings from all the members of the League of Latinamerican’s Coldplayers! Thank you!
The Oracle replies:
Safety (on CD) came first in May 1998. Ode to Deodorant (on cassette) was recorded later in the same year and served as a second demo.

May 21, 2012 – submitted by Denise, United States of America
Q. Do the guys know they won three billboard awards last night? Congratulate them for me will you? thanks!
The Oracle replies:
They actually won four, but thanks for your thanks.

May 21, 2012 – submitted by Nicoletta, Italy
Q. Hi! I wrote here just because I couldn’t (and I can’t) wait to see Coldplay in Nice tomorrow. When Coldplay perform in a concert of a determined tour (for example Mylo Xyloto), do they play any song of the previous albums? I ask it because if they play songs like Clocks or Yellow tomorrow, I’ll be the happiest girl in the world. Thank you so much!
The Oracle replies:
I too am going to Nice tomorrow and am pretty excited – thought not about the weather that is forecast. The rain seems to be following the tour! They always play a selection of songs and they are from all albums. I don’t like giving away setlists in advance but as last night’s is available online I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that you won’t be disappointed Nicoletta.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy (24th May 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] [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]
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]