Coldplay’s Oracle tackles questions on the Lovers In Japan video, birthday boy Phil Harvey, MX style/wardrobe and more…

More questions answered by The Oracle… (circa. 2900 questions now answered – submit yours now!)

August 30, 2012 – submitted by Jacqueline B , United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle! Could you confirm for me whether or not part of the Lovers in Japan music video was shot at 33 Portland Place in Marylebone, the same place used in The King’s Speech as Lionel’s office? Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
Wow, it’s always very impressive when fans spot things that aren’t necessarily well-known facts. Yes, some shots were filmed there as well as some at Alexandra Palace and some at Abbey Mills Pumping Station.

August 30, 2012 – submitted by Annie, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle, I was wondering if Chris played in any other bands like Guy does. That’s all!
The Oracle replies:
Chris has collaborated with and written / co-written for other artists but he isn’t a member of any other band outside of Coldplay, no.


August 30, 2012 – submitted by Megan, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle! This is my first question, as I hadn’t seen very many about the song The Goldrush. I came across this gem, and was wondering if the boys had ever played it live anywhere, or if there was any footage of them singing it. I didn’t seem to find any, I was just wanting to see who sings where. It really is quite the masterpiece. Have a great day, Megan
The Oracle replies:
I love The Goldrush – it just sounds like they’re having fun. You can hear everyone joining in. Will & Jonny are very distinctive – and Chris of course but I’m not sure if Guy is singing on this track. I’ve never heard of it being performed live anywhere so there’s no footage to point you towards – sorry.
It reminds me of a cassette I have of The Beatles studio sessions where they are laughing and talking throughout.

August 29, 2012 – submitted by Jezz, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle, I am really excited about the Paralympic Games, especially the closing ceremony being a huge Coldplay fan. I love the video that is on the main page of this website and was wondering what the music track is in the background? It sounds very Coldplay-esque to me but this may be me getting overexcited! Thanks.
The Oracle replies:
It is very exciting – although this rain is a nuisance! I can see why you think the song is similar to Coldplay in the video but it’s actually Take Over The World by The Courteeners.

August 29, 2012 – submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle. Do you know how many albums Coldplay actually has? Because I looked on iTunes and they have all their EP albums on there too!
The Oracle replies:
EPs are not albums; they are Extended Plays. Live 2003 was eventually released as a live album and they gave away another live long player in the form of LRLRL but Coldplay have released 5 studio albums.

August 29, 2012 – submitted by Alessandro, Italy
Q. Dearest Oracle, Today, watching again the video of Life In Technicolor ii, I saw a character that looked very similar to Colplay’s beloved secret member Phil Harvey. I am referring to the guy who is holding a camera and making a video of the “concert”. Is that guy actually Mister Phil Harvey or mine was just an impression? Thanks in advance, Alessandro
The Oracle replies:
It is indeed Phil (today also known as the Birthday Boy) in a nice little cameo role. He was also in the Christmas Lights & Paradise videos.

August 28, 2012 – submitted by Dona, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle :) I was just wondering if the boys ever pick out their own MX clothes to wear on stage or on tv shows? Or does someone else (like Phil) tell them what to wear? Because I remember Chris saying that Phil tells them what to wear, etc. Is that true?
The Oracle replies:
It’s not strictly true, no. From the start of an album & tour’s conception Phil is there during all the decision making so does have a say in the style and overall creative feel etc. of the outfits but it’s very much a team effort. They all choose their look together and have a hand in colours, designs and ideas – along with Phil and a designer. They do discuss costumes – for want of a better word – for TV / award appearances. When it comes to the shows, they have choices of what to wear within their travelling wardrobe so mix it up a bit.

August 28, 2012 – submitted by Dona, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle :) I was just wondering if the boys ever pick out their own MX clothes to wear on stage or on tv shows? Or does someone else (like Phil) tell them what to wear? Because I remember Chris saying that Phil tells them what to wear, etc. Is that true?
The Oracle replies:
It’s not strictly true, no. From the start of an album & tour’s conception Phil is there during all the decision making so does have a say in the style and overall creative feel etc. of the outfits but it’s very much a team effort. They all choose their look together and have a hand in colours, designs and ideas – along with Phil and a designer. They do discuss costumes – for want of a better word – for TV / award appearances. When it comes to the shows, they have choices of what to wear within their travelling wardrobe so mix it up a bit.

August 28, 2012 – submitted by Anne, Netherlands
Q. Dear Oracle, I’m looking forward to Coldplay’s concert in The Hague, but I wondered why they have chosen to do an outdoor concert in the Netherlands? I saw that most other concerts in Europe are given indoors. And does the fact that the concert is outdoors have any consequence for the Xylobands? They are so awesome! Thanks in advance
The Oracle replies:
I don’t know where you’re looking Anne but all the European dates are (and have been) at outdoor venues – mostly stadiums in fact. It doesn’t effect whether Xylobands are used or not so you will get them at Malieveld too.

August 28, 2012 – submitted by Maddie, United States of America
Q. Today is my 16th birthday and I received a total of $115 from all of my relatives and my moms birthday is in a couple of days so I need to get her a gift but I also need to buy myself school clothes, what do you think would be a good amount of money to set aside to get her a gift?
The Oracle replies:
Happy birthday! How lovely that you are thinking about your Mother’s impending birthday on your own special day. I believe it’s not the amount of money you spend on the gift but the time you spend choosing the right thing. Presents don’t have to cost a lot to mean the world to the recipient so I’d say pick something she’d love that still leaves you with enough left over for school clothes.

New photos of Coldplay performing at the Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden (30 August 2012):

Photos courtesy of Aftonbladet.se

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]
7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion] [NEW!]
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]