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    Coldplay's Oracle on 'The Hardest Part' Acoustic Version

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    June 4, 2009 - submitted by Andrew, United States of America

    Q. Oh wise Oracle, I just went to the Darien Center concert yesterday and it was by far the best concert I have ever been to in my life. I was wondering though, how come Chris played The Hardest Part acoustically? Hope you answer! P.S. - When the band came and played in the back area of the crowd it was amazing I could have reached out and touched them!

    The Oracle replies:

    This started back on Saturday 30 August 2008 when Coldplay performed an intimate live concert for BBC Radio 2. Chris announced that they were playing it that way as the band were divided on their opinion of the song. Two members like it; two don't so he and Will performed it acoustically. It then became a part of the live show and proves to be a popular version.

    June 4, 2009 - submitted by Katie, United States of America

    Q. Why when I screamed to the band "play Like a Rolling Stone" they did not play it? I just want to hear Coldplay do Bob Dylan.

    The Oracle replies:

    Please don't take offence but it's not a request show. Apart from the fact that they'd need time to work out how to play other people's songs and learn lyrics, they can't just change the set when someone shouts out a song. They couldn't even do that if you shouted out for a Coldplay song! Can you imagine if everyone was doing that? It'd be pandemonium.


    June 4, 2009 - submitted by Kara, Malaysia

    Q. Hi Oracle, I ask this question because I want to you make sure that if my friend story is a fact or myth! Two days ago my friend told me a story about CD and the hilarious is she said the CDs has expiry date?! For example you buy the CDs this year and after 21 years you can't use it anymore. She said the longest period only 21 years?! Is that make a sense that CD has expiry date? It's like a food when you can eat it or not. I know every single things that human being create will damage one day but this story like nonsense! Don't ask me where she got this story. Oh Oracle please give your answer and why. Do you agree with me or her? Tell me!

    The Oracle replies:

    CDs have been around since the early 80s and there's no sign of any of mine failing just yet! No, CDs are built to last. The recordable CD, known as CD-R, can vary in quality. They can deteriorate after as little as 18 months, but the better ones last a lifetime. I think as it's been reported that your average CD-R usually has a life of around 20 years, your friend may have assumed this was the same for all CDs.


    June 4, 2009 - submitted by Joshua, Australia

    Q. Dear Oracle, On LeftRightLeftRightLeft during Death and All His Friends, why does Chris yell out "J" just before the guitar starts

    The Oracle replies:

    He's just affectionately shouting to Jonny (a.k.a J) before he starts his guitar solo.




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