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    Coldplay's Oracle ponders Will's stage positioning, spotting Chris and meets & greets

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 1700 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    November 2, 2010 - submitted by Espa, United Kingdom

    Q. Why are the drummers always in the back on the stage? This summer I went to a festival and I stand the whole day on the front line and because of that I saw just from one band the drummer! Sometimes I could only see the singer!

    The Oracle replies:

    The majority of drummers are at the back of the stage but not all. The drum kit is a huge instrument that takes up quite a lot of room. They elevate the drums and drummer on what is known as a drum riser. This is supposed to help their visibility to the audience. There are some lead vocalists who sing from behind their kit (see Phil Collins) and also a small number who stand behind the kit out front (see Jellyfish. No, really do look them up, they're amazing). I can empathize because seeing The Strokes at a 300 capacity venue back in 2001 and Kings of Leon at a small 250 capacity venue in 2002 I couldn't see the drummer at either show. Truth be told I couldn't see ANYTHING! FYI: I do recall hearing that back in the 80s an artist called Nik Kershaw who was so short in height had a ramp built on stage so that people could see him. That's like a Nik riser I guess...

    November 2, 2010 - submitted by Larry, United States of America

    Q. Last summer (2009) I was in NYC and one evening, waiting on a cab at the airport, I placed my briefcase on the ground and accidentally bumped a guitar case. I looked up to see a gentleman that looked exactly like Chris Martin and he was very polite when I apologized and said no problem. He had a black or dark grey duffle bag that said Coldplay on it that looked like it was from the era of Rush of Blood. He grabbed the next cab and off he went. Now I tell my kids that I actually met Chris Martin in NYC but they don't believe me... nor does my wife. Can you let me know of it was him or if this particular bag would be one carried by the band?

    The Oracle replies:

    If I'm honest with you I don't doubt the possibility of Chris being in NYC at the time as they did hit a few nearby places with their tour. However I do highly doubt this was Chris. There are a number of reasons but, I have never seen (nor could I imagine) him carrying a duffle bag with his band's name on it!

    That said, some of the crew do so maybe you met one of them? Hmmm I can't think of any that look like Chris though.


    November 1, 2010 - submitted by Thomas, United Kingdom

    Q. The Simon Pegg article was excellent, but what is this A+E he was chatting about?

    The Oracle replies:

    Ah, it's a joke. Chris & Simon wrote a little song called A&E (around the time of X&Y hence it's alphabetical moniker) but you won't find it anywhere as it was all done in jest.

    FYI: For anyone who doesn't know, A&E is a hospital department; it stands for Accident & Emergency hence the song being about various ailments.


    November 1, 2010 - submitted by Austin, United States of America

    Q. Do you favor the hiphopopotamus or the rhymenoceros?

    The Oracle replies:

    Hmmm, the hiphopopotamus or the rhymenoceros? Well it has to be the hiphopopotamus as his rhymes are bottomless.


    November 1, 2010 - submitted by Isabella, United States of America

    Q. Is there any other reliable source of information about Coldplay, since you only answer a very small amount of questions??

    The Oracle replies:

    Anchorman and Roadie #42 are very reliable as is their source of and content of information. There's not just me around here so maybe if you look around the entire website you will find out much more in News, the Timeline section and the archived blogs are worth checking out. Have a wander and hopefully you will find what you seek!


    October 29, 2010 - submitted by Sunil, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello wise one! So... I own one of the most rarest Coldplay cds/vinyls including the What If promo cd,copies of mince spies and lots of the early stuff but am considering selling to purchase tickets to go see them on tour! Do VIP tickets exist for Coldplay for meet and greet? Or even sign autographs after a show? It is one thing that I wish to do but I never know when the right opportunity to meet the band! Any ideas? PLEASE REPLY! Big Thanks!!

    The Oracle replies:

    Honestly I would say hold on to those items. Yes they'd pay for your ticket but maybe you could just be saving up a little bit each week right now rather than part with some collectables? The main reason I say this is that although we sometimes have VIP packages available at venues, they don't include a meet & greet. Meet & greets are very rare in the U.K - another reason to say keep your memorabilia. The likelihood of catching the band after a show is even slimmer. I guess like with most things it's timing and luck; there's no great advice to give about getting autographs and meeting the band.




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