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    Coldplay's Oracle explains the story behind the Dancing Roadie

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    April 13, 2010 - submitted by Tania, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! I went to last gig from the band in Mexico and I thought really funny the dancer who show up at the beginning of the gig and I was wondering, who's was the idea? Great show! Haha another thing, I know that yesterday was Guy's birthday, would you say happy birthday to Guy for me? That's all thanks a lot.

    The Oracle replies:

    I have mentioned Wayne before as many people were curious to who he was but while I was in Latin America I got to meet the man in question and learn a little bit more. Wayne Kwiat had been break-dancing for a laugh in the wings before Coldplay took to the stage. The crew would shine their lights on him and it was all a bit of fun before the show started. However, one night Chris's dad saw him and the next thing you know Wayne is performing onstage almost every night in front of very large crowds! FYI: During the Latin American tour Wayne only appeared in Argentina, one night in Mexico City and the final night in Monterrey.

    April 13, 2010 - submitted by Steve, United States of America

    Q. Kind regards, I am an 18 year old male in question of the meaning of the album artwork for X&Y. Does it mean anything? To any of you gentlemen? I wonder this because I have a desire to get this tattooed on myself. I love your music, view of the world and outlook on politics. I share you inspiration as a fellow musician to change the world for the better. May there be no war. Peace and love. Steve.

    The Oracle replies:

    It's based on the Baudot Code representing each character of the alphabet. You can search online for more about the code (as I have already answered that question) but there is an amazing X&Y code generator that you might like. Maybe you could type in whatever you want and use that for your tattoo?


    April 12, 2010 - submitted by Steven, United States of America

    Q. What happened to the band who beat Coldplay in the radio contest? Did they become famous too?

    The Oracle replies:

    Gary Crowley, a DJ at Xfm radio station back in 1998, dedicated a segment of his show to host a demo clash. Coldplay entered several times and when finally selected weren't successful in winning; they were beaten by


    They went on to procure a record deal; firstly with Simon William's label Fierce Panda in 1998 (as did Coldplay the following year) and then Beggars Banquet. It appears they split up in 2001.


    April 12, 2010 - submitted by Becky, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle =-D. I was just wondering this after I watched an interview with Coldplay in The Bakery. Do they actually all sleep together in one bed like Chris said? It's really sweet!!! =-D

    The Oracle replies:

    Ha, no! There is a bed in the Bakery that is rarely used but certainly not by the band; they've never actually slept together in one bed, Chris was just making a joke.


    April 9, 2010 - submitted by Lucas, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, what exactly is the screen-looking thing that the band used in their music video for "Speed of Sound"? Thx in advance!

    The Oracle replies:

    It's actually a wall of LED lights. It's all quite technical but of course very effective!


    April 9, 2010 - submitted by Bill, United Kingdom

    Q. Sometimes waiting for a coffee seems like a lifetime... How long should the perfect coffee take to arrive (from ordering, to arrival...)?

    The Oracle replies:

    I know what you mean Bill! Quite frankly it should only take as long as the kettle almost reaching boiling point plus around 4 minutes of brewing (before depressing the plunger). As fresh coffee is supposed to be served immediately we should say no longer than 6 or 7 minutes surely?




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