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    Coldplay's Oracle muses over Moving To Mars live, 'Jonny Goes Jazz' and an acoustic treatment of Mylo Xyloto...

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


    November 14, 2011 - submitted by Talia, Canada

    Q. Oh great Oracle, can Chris really ride a unicycle in an elephant suit?

    The Oracle replies:

    You saw it with your own eyes so why don't you believe it to be true? Ok, well if you need proof, read the interview with Mat Whitecross who tells Anchorman all about the video.


    November 14, 2011 - submitted by Tony, United States of America

    Q. In a question you answered today, you mentioned that all the ep's are listed in the recordings section. Why isn't the Don't Panic single listed? It exists. I own it and it has an amazing red cover.

    The Oracle replies:

    Just because it exists and you own a copy doesn't mean it's worthy of a position in our Recordings section because... it wasn't actually released as a single in the UK; it was limited to a few territories which is the reason it's not included as a release. The U.K just had it as a promo single which is entirely different.

    November 14, 2011 - submitted by Thom, United States of America

    Q. I hear there's word of a band called So Sweet The Hour touring with Coldplay soon. The band neither said this nor denies this. All that they say is that they "really want to in the very near future." Can you clear this up for me?

    The Oracle replies:

    No, the band is not touring with Coldplay but I guess you know that already... Oh Thom if you're going to advertize your own band, at least have the nouse to write in with a false name rather than your own. Tsk tsk shame on you since you could have legitimately submitted a video via our Exhibition Room*.

    *Don't submit it now though - you've had your plug.


    November 10, 2011 - submitted by Timothy, United States of America

    Q. Has Moving To Mars ever been played live? I think it's a great song and I feel it has been somewhat forgotten.

    The Oracle replies:

    I am pretty sure they have only ever played Moving To Mars live once. The song was performed at London's Roundhouse on Friday 22nd July.


    November 10, 2011 - submitted by David, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, I am a 20 yrs old student who has always loved playing and composing music. I am currently enrolled in a 4-year baccalaureate in mechanical engineering. Unfortunately, that program imposes long days at school plus a great amount of homework. I don't like the fact that I spend a lot less time playing music since I am in University. I am thinking about switching program for something that would allow me to have more time for myself. Mechanical Engineering is not a passion for me but it would assure me to have a great job (and I obviously don't hate it). However, I'd like to have enough time to form a band and make shows. Sorry for that long contextualization. Now my question is: Would you recommend me to continue in that field and to maybe try forming a serious band after I am done with my studies, or rather to find something else and to have more time to exploit my talent? I know it is a hard question to answer and I am not looking for a sudden revelation. But if you could give me something more thoughtful than something like: "If that is what you want to do, then do it", then I will be very grateful. Thank you very much, long live Coldplay. I love all their albums (especially Parachutes).

    The Oracle replies:

    It is a hard question to answer because you say you love playing and composing and also refer to it as a "talent" so I am assuming you rate yourself as being pretty good at it. If you really believe the music you make is amazing and needs to be heard, I believe you can find a way to do that while still studying. There are so many people who juggle school, work, family etc. and continue with music so why not you? Personally the state of the music industry today leads me to advise you to stay at college and finish your course. When you have completed it, see how you feel. I encourage people to follow their dreams but these days I think it's vital to have a career to fall back on if music doesn't work out - which for many doesn't and never will. Sorry, but that's the reality. It shouldn't stop you doing what you love; if it's that important you will find a way to make it work.


    November 10, 2011 - submitted by Stefanie, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello dear Oracle, As I am currently studying in the UK I try really hard to get any payable ticket for a Coldplay show here, but until now all my attempts failed. Now I found this page, where tickets are offered for an acceptable and relatively cheap price of 44 Pound for the Little Noise session. But it says for "General Admission". Can you help me, what is meant by that? Are the tickets worth buying? Or can I hope for other shows / extended tour next year, as this years tour schedule isn't that big so far?! Alright, long talk. Thanks a lot. Cheers.

    The Oracle replies:

    The tickets for that show were sold at a face value of £50. It is a charity event so you shouldn't be able to find tickets for sale at a cheaper price than £50. It's obviously not an official ticket outlet. I do not advise you to buy this ticket as there's no guarantee it's genuine and you may not get in. General Admission just means there is no allocated seat.


    November 9, 2011 - submitted by Matt, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Mr Oracle, I was fortunate enough to get tickets for the Little Noise Sessions show. Any ideas as to the sort of set as I know its supposed to be acoustic only which won't suit Mylo Xyloto?

    The Oracle replies:

    Lucky you, it will be a great night. I disagree however about Mylo Xyloto tracks not suiting acoustic treatment. Did you not hear Hurts Like Heaven on

    Radio 1's Live Lounge? My opinion is that most songs start in an acoustic form anyway so it's just a case of stripping them back down. I think there's plenty songs from the album that will work with just Chris & Jonny performing them but I don't actually know what's planned for that show. I wouldn't tell you if I did of course! They're sure to some oldies too so I'm guessing a mixed bag and who knows, maybe a cover?


    November 9, 2011 - submitted by Nicole, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, I don't yet have a wedding date (let alone a boyfriend), but I was wondering if Coldplay would play at my wedding? Thanks for your time! Nicole

    The Oracle replies:

    Bloomin' heck Nicole, one step at a time eh? Next you'll be buying a dress. You haven't got one already have you? I've seen programmes about women who book churches before finding a groom... Assuming you're not one of those ladies, don't rush into finding a future husband because the band don't do weddings, funerals or Bar Mitzvahs*.

    *Or indeed any other hire outs for special occasion.


    November 9, 2011 - submitted by Colin, United States of AmericaM

    Q. Will The Hardest Part be released in an acoustic version (like with Lost?) similar to in LRLRL? I ask this because I thought that the LRLRL version was as good as the album version, but I don't always want to listen to Postcards From Far Away when I listen to it. Thanks for answering!

    The Oracle replies:

    Why would anyone not want to always listen to Postcards From Far Away? Anyway, no, there is no point in releasing a song that a) was released as a single from album 3 and b) an acoustic version is, as you say, already available on LRLRL. Press skip? Just an idea...


    November 8, 2011 - submitted by Brittney, United States of America

    Q. Hey El Caro! As we all know, part of the magic in Coldplay's live shows are the butterflies raining down from the heavens. What sparked the idea for the flutterbies throughout the band's work? Thank you! I'm absolutely loving Mylo Xyloto, by the way :)

    The Oracle replies:

    The confetti dropped during the Viva tour were butterflies and they inspired the cover for LRLRL which followed. This tour however, the confetti is made up of Ms and Xs. You may have noticed the butterflies are still present; if you happened to see the Unstaged gig in Madrid. Paradise was performed with an accompanying video on the screens featuring butterflies personalized by fans.

    As with most things, the idea came during the planning of the live shows and the idea stuck and has become really symbolic.


    November 8, 2011 - submitted by Daniel, Colombia

    Q. Friends and I want to call our band Jonny Goes Jazz in honor to that funny video. Do you also mean to copyright something?

    The Oracle replies:

    I wouldn't bother actually because back in the 1980s there was a band called

    . It's a little too similar in my opinion.


    November 7, 2011 - submitted by Luthfi, Indonesia

    Q. Greetings almighty Oracle, I want to ask you about the song Don Quixote will it be released as a single, out of the album like the Christmas Lights back in 2010? And one more thing, will there be more music video of the tracks from Mylo Xyloto? Thanks, Luthfi, Indonesia

    The Oracle replies:

    One of my responses back in March has been proved right in that the track wasn't planned for Mylo Xyloto. I stand by that reply saying I doubt it will be a b side to any songs from the album. I will go one step further and also say that it will not be released as a single outside of the album. On the way to Madrid last week as the forecast was rain, I pondered whether the band would play it given its alternative name is Spanish Rain. Sound man Dan Green said, "oh yeah, I forgot about that song". I suspect the band have for the time being... FYI: the second the band walked out on to the stage, it began to rain.


    November 7, 2011 - submitted by Ian, United Kingdom

    Q. I want to name my band 42, would I run into any copywriting issues if I do so? Also, what do you think is a cool band name?

    The Oracle replies:

    A copyright issue with who? It's a number, you can use it if you like. You may however run into another problem now I have replied to your question on here. I'd get it registered as soon as you can as I imagine many other would be bands may fancy it for themselves!


    November 7, 2011 - submitted by Isa, Brazil

    Q. Hey Oracle. I don't know already this questions but, where (or who was) the idea of elephants on Paradise? Thank You, Isa.

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm pretty sure that Phil & the band came up with the idea...




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