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    Coldplay's Oracle discusses LP5 album artwork rumours and setlists at summer festivals

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 1900 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    March 7, 2011 - submitted by RaisinBran, United States of America

    Q. I LOVE this band and I have been known to form many a theory about their foreseeable future; however, I only ask about this one (theory) which you probably wont even get a chance to read but, meh a boy can dream. Will the new album's artwork be designed by Sr. Berryman? Is that what the old pictures were for? I know they were looking for a more intimate sound this time and, to me, old pictures make people feel happier in a nostalgic type way. Best wishes, many thanks. The Bran

    The Oracle replies:

    You are way off with that theory. As we mentioned at the time, Guy's request for photos was a non-band related personal project and so they will have absolutely nothing to do with the album at all.

    March 7, 2011 - submitted by Arthur, Paraguay

    Q. Why aren't any questions/answers on February 19th and 20th? Thanks a lot

    The Oracle replies:

    Eh? I don't work any weekend Arthur. Yesterday was an exception due to the explanation given on Friday's answers. Oh and there was one time on the Latin American tour where I just forgot it was the weekend...


    March 4, 2011 - submitted by thenowhereman, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, I am a huge Coldplay fan. Not size-wise, but I truly love this band and their current output. I was even on the boat in the Christmas Lights video. Yet I am peeved. Peeved and annoyed. Testy, you might say. Why, I don't hear you ask? How can a band headline, like, fifteen or sixteen major festivals with no new stuff. It's insane. Apart from myself and other huge fans, some may be big size-wise, no one cares. Seriously. Please tell me what I'm hearing about the next albums release date is false and that it's actually coming before the festivals. Otherwise this group is gonna go down like a lead balloon.

    The Oracle replies:

    Well nowhereman... I can see how a fan of a band waiting for a new album can feel frustrated at not hearing new material at festivals but I passionately disagree.

    I know that back in 2002 they played new songs at Glastonbury after a mini UK tour showcasing AROBTTH but that's because when they booked to play there originally, the album release date had been scheduled for before the event but was put back. You have to remember that festivals are not usual concerts in that not everyone is there to see Coldplay. It's great to go to a festival and see a band you've never seen before. You may know all the songs but wouldn't necessarily be a fan. I love having a great time courtesy of a band that I'm not that familiar with. Given that not everyone there is a fan, it's different "rules". I contest what you say about the band going down like a lead balloon; you may as well be saying that every band who is appearing at every festival better be playing new songs or not bother and I have a strong feeling that you're not saying that at all as that's utter nonsense, sorry.


    March 4, 2011 - submitted by Justin, Australia

    Q. Dear Oracle, are there any plans to release a Greatest Hits?

    The Oracle replies:

    No there aren't. The band aren't madly keen on the idea; they don't like fans paying extra for things they already have. Not sure where EMI stand on the idea at some later stage in the future. Speaking of EMI, you may have noticed their server went down and unfortunately it wiped this week's Team Oracle responses from our system. They will now appear on Sunday as I'm afraid commitments mean I cannot address the problem until then. Sorry folks!


    March 3, 2011 - submitted by Phyllis, United States of America

    Q. Oh Oracle, Do you know what song was played to wake the shuttle astronauts on March 2, 2011? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    I sure do, Speed of Sound! Very appropriate eh? And on Chris' birthday too.

    You can follow NASA's latest mission updates via Twitter where they posted:

    "Mission Control woke up the crews at 5:24 am EST to begin Flight Day 7. "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay was played for shuttle Pilot Eric Boe".


    March 3, 2011 - submitted by Ignacio, Argentina

    Q. Hi dear Oracle! I was wondering if Chris has something to do with this new aspect of Gwyneth, her singing... and what does he think about it? Thank you! Please answer me.

    The Oracle replies:

    As regular readers will know I don't answer questions about the band members' personal lives but I decided to pick up on an aspect of this one. Singing is far from being a "new aspect of Gwyneth". The year that Coldplay released their debut album (2000), Gwyneth had appeared singing in the film Duets and three singles were lifted from the movie. She in fact (together with Huey Lewis) scored a number one with one of those singles - Bette Davis Eyes - in Australia; the song was a hit in other territories too.


    March 2, 2011 - submitted by Heather, United States of America

    Q. Hello wonderful Oracle! I have noticed a lot of entries in the Exhibition Room lately have to do with eyes. Is this just a coincidence, or perhaps some sort of clue about the new album?? Thanks!!

    The Oracle replies:

    The Exhibition Room is YOUR space so apart from the odd submission from the band/Phil there is absolutely no correlation between what goes up there and what is going on in the studio. I hadn't noticed the eye thing myself...


    March 2, 2011 - submitted by Henriette, Denmark

    Q. Dear Oracle! Happy birthday to Chris today! Is it a working birthday for Chris? If so are you planning any surprises for him today? Maybe someone have baked him a double chocolate cake?? :-) I know he would enjoy that! I wish him all the best for his birthday - will you say hi to him from me? Thanks!! Have a great day dear Oracle. Love, Henriette

    The Oracle replies:

    If you remember, last year Coldplay performed in Brazil on his birthday and this year is no different in terms of it's a working day for Chris. The guys don't tend to take a day off for a birthday. It won't spoil any surprise as everyone at the studio who has a birthday gets a cake and all congregate together for a piece. Sadly I shan't be there in body, only in spirit. Thanks to everyone for their birthday wishes by the way. It's much appreciated.




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