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    Coldplay's Oracle confirms pop-up album delays, and throws doubt on Xylobands for summer 2012

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 2380 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    December 15, 2011 - submitted by Giulia, Germany

    Q. I see that Emeli Sande has done the openings for some of Coldplay's concerts recently. Do you know whether she will do the same for the summer 2012 concerts (I would love to see her at the September concerto in Munich). Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not usual for the support slots to do more than one leg (yes, I know that Bat For Lashes did but that was a Latin American tour sometime after the initial run). I think Emeli will be very busy doing her own tours anyway. Did you know that yesterday it was announced yesterday that she has won the Brits Critics Choice award. Congratulations Emeli!


    December 15, 2011 - submitted by Sandi, Australia

    Q. Hi Oracle, Can you tell me what song the guys were playing at the rehearsal for Ellen. It's the one that Ellen interrupted when she popped up in front of Chris at the piano. Cheers

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm stumped! I have listened but I just do not know if it's an impromptu jam or an actual song. Sorry but I don't recognize it at all. I shall ask...

    December 15, 2011 - submitted by Cherry, United Kingdom

    Q. Disappointed that you chose to ignore my question about not getting a wristband at the 02 gig. Is that it then?

    The Oracle replies:

    Eh? I didn't choose to ignore it, I haven't seen it! You will have to ignore my acerbity - I'm ill. Do you have any idea how many questions I receive perchance? I try to get through as many as I can but can't be expected to remember who sent what, about what and when - especially before I have read it - so please give this Oracle a break. Anyway, to attempt a reply... I have met a few people who didn't get wristbands. Some just didn't notice them on the way in, some got there late when the boxes were gone and some just didn't get them. There was no mention of every single person getting one by the way. Until I stumble upon your question, I won't know if I have answered it exactly, so am just guessing...


    December 14, 2011 - submitted by Nick, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, Wasn't my pop up album supposed to show up today? I was really hopeful that I would get it today and it never showed up.

    The Oracle replies:

    The date you sent this Nick was indeed the original shipping date for the pop-up album. Apologies for not letting you know sooner that the date has in fact been pushed back until Dec 19th. Sorry about that folks.


    December 14, 2011 - submitted by Brandon, United States of America

    Q. Dear Awesome Oracle, I was at both the recording of ACL and at Music Midtown and I tried so hard to get to chat with Matt (Jonny's Guitar Tech) about his book Roadie. Is he just so focused on doing other things that he blocks out the environment and just focuses on his job or was I just being to annoying?

    The Oracle replies:

    Don't take it personally Brandon or think you were annoying - you're not. The roadies are all there to do a job and so they are focused on the task in hand. They obviously can't take the time to chat to everyone - much like anyone when working, except me of course, as my job IS to talk to fans I guess.


    December 13, 2011 - submitted by Shantell, United States of America

    Q. Does Roadie42 have a Twitter account? I just saw him mention it in a recent blog post and I was wondering if I could follow him on Twitter! (:

    The Oracle replies:

    No, I'm afraid #42 doesn't have his own twitter. You don't necessarily have to have an account to read tweets though, as you probably know, he sometimes signs in and tweets on Coldplay's official twitter.


    December 13, 2011 - submitted by Marilla, Australia

    Q. Hi Oracle, I saw in the latest Roadie #42 post, the video of Jonny singing Don't Panic and I noticed that Chris had strapping tape on his shoulder. Is he ok? Hope it's nothing too serious. Thanks, have a good one!

    The Oracle replies:

    Nothing serious, he's fine. Please don't worry.


    December 13, 2011 - submitted by Paul, United Kingdom

    Q. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of the CD of Christmas Lights since 2010... is there a chance you are going to sell it or stock it in any way shape or form, really wanna own it

    The Oracle replies:

    Does it have to be a physical copy? We don't have any. There were a limited number made but we didn't make them available for purchase. Anyway, the track is 59p this week from iTunes!


    December 12, 2011 - submitted by Simon, United Kingdom

    Q. Went to see the boys in Manchester they were unbelievable best I've ever seen them, but one problem they didn't play Christmas Lights :( How come they haven't been playing it?

    The Oracle replies:

    The Manchester gig was on the 4th December which is a little early to be rolling out a Christmas song, no? They performed it at Dingwalls last Tuesday but only as that is being broadcast this week on Radio 2 - a much more acceptable date to be playing festive songs I feel. Oh and they did give it an airing on Saturday at the O2 as part of the Under 1 Roof night. It was interrupted by a certain Mr. Alan Partridge...


    December 12, 2011 - submitted by Pedro, United Kingdom

    Q. Why Us Against the World was a fixed song on the Festivals Tour setlist and now on the Arena Tour hasn't been played? It is so good! Probably my favorite from MX...

    The Oracle replies:

    Yes it has. You sent this question on Saturday, yet it was definitely played on Friday in London at the O2 Arena. I don't normally answer questions on Saturdays but this week I did - about that very song in fact. I mentioned last week it was also played at Dingwalls but that's not an arena, not by a long way.


    December 12, 2011 - submitted by Harri, United Kingdom

    Q. What was the name of the band who supported Coldplay on Friday 9th at the O2? Thankyou!

    The Oracle replies:

    The Low Suns were first on followed by Emeli Sande.


    December 10, 2011 - submitted by Greg, United Kingdom

    Q. She said yes :) Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

    The Oracle replies:

    Rare for a Saturday question but - YES! Great news. I was sat there when Us Against the World was played thinking, 'Uh oh, Greg may already have popped the question during What If and he's gonna be mad at me'. I was telling people around me 'someone is proposing right now'! Congratulations to you both. * And Greg waited so asked during Us Against the World...


    December 8, 2011 - submitted by Stan, United States of America

    Q. Will they be playing Christmas Lights at any of their upcoming shows?

    The Oracle replies:

    On 1 December Will wrote "Christmas Lights being dusted off for the festive season" on the band's Twitter. It has been performed live this week already and I have a feeling it will be again...


    December 8, 2011 - submitted by Tracie, Canada

    Q. Greetings, alll-knowing One! I've noticed that some setlists that find their way online have certain titles underlined, followed by a symbol that looks like D#. Since I know that not all of these songs are in the key of D# (Being a geek, I've gone to my piano and checked!), I'm wondering what that means. Cheers, and thanks! Tracie

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm pretty sure that's a guitar tuning reference.




    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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    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]


    New photos of Coldplay at the Radio 2 gig at Dingwalls, London (6th December 2011):


















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