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    The Oracle pours over Coldplay's wettest shows

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    August 6, 2009 - submitted by Sam, United States of America

    Q. Oh, Oracle. Well first I wanted just to say thanks to you guys I was at the All Points West Festival (aka the mud jacuzzi) and everyone appreciated the enthusiasm Chris had. It certainly made the mud worthwhile. On my way home I was wondering what's the worst weather Coldplay has ever played outdoors? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    There were 2 shockers that stand out. The first was torrential rain in 2003 and it wasn't just the weather that made it memorable. It was June 5, 2003; exactly 20 years since U2 played there in exactly the same weather for their Under A Blood Red Sky concert video. You can see how bad it was for yourself as footage appears in Coldplay's Live 2003 DVD. The second is the show in Abu Dhabi back in March this year.

    August 6, 2009 - submitted by Jude, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, When someone goes by one name (ie Bono, Slash, etc) is it their last name or their first name? Thanks again!

    The Oracle replies:

    In your examples it's actually neither. Bono's real name is Paul Hewson and Slash is called Saul Hudson. Some people are known as a nickname as above but in the case of Prince, Madonna, Shakira... the list is endless are all using their Christian names. Roachford is amongst those who used his surname.


    August 6, 2009 - submitted by Ibrahim, United Kingdom

    Q. I've watched Bruno in London last weekend and Strawberry Swing's new video wasn't on the screen. Is it before the commercials before the film or was I a little impatient?

    The Oracle replies:

    Just to clarify, Strawberry Swing isn't being shown at every cinema; I also missed out seeing it at my local. To see the video on the large screen, you'd need to be at an Odeon cinema as reported by Anchorman.


    August 5, 2009 - submitted by Katie, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle! :D I was thinking about the song 'How You See The World No. 2'. I hadn't ever questioned the fact that it was version 2 until now. Has there ever been a recorded version of No. 1? Thank you!

    The Oracle replies:

    Yes, indeed there was the original How You See The World, hence No. 2 being called number 2. The first version of the song appeared on the Japanese release of X&Y as a bonus track.


    August 5, 2009 - submitted by Mimi, Puerto Rico

    Q. Why does the Oracle sometimes answer in the morning, sometimes late in the afternoon? Why are there many questions answered one day and only one or two on another day?

    The Oracle replies:

    Well Mimi from Puerto Rico, the Oracle doesn't like to be predictable so it's to give some variety away from routine! It is usually 2 to 4 questions per day though.


    August 5, 2009 - submitted by Trey Thompson, United States of America

    Q. Just a comment: I saw Coldplay in Houston on July 22nd and sitting next to me and my wife was a couple who did not speak a bit of English, but did have the lyrics to every Coldplay song printed out. So it is true that Coldplay's music breaks language barriers.

    The Oracle replies:

    I think all music breaks barriers. When in Paris last year one of the French label personnel explained that during Viva la Vida the crowd sang "for some reason I can't explain" with more ferocity because the pattern and pounding out of that particular lyric was easier for the French non English speaking fans to pick out. Speaking again of a French experience... when I was much younger, there was a French guy singing every word to an English girl of With Or Without You by U2 and she thought it was the most romantic thing ever until he confessed he hadn't a clue what the lyrics meant but loved the song. Music has that power.




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