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    Coldplay's Oracle on Oxfam's In My Place Film, Brit Awards, Chris's guitar and more...

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 3700 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    February 21, 2013 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America

    Q. Is the In My Place version used in the Oxfam video available for download anywhere?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm afraid not. It's being used with permission from Absolute Radio as that's where it was performed and recorded.


    February 21, 2013 - submitted by Rhys, Canada

    Q. Hi Oracle, Who is Jean Giraud-Moebius? I saw a dedication to him on the inside cover of the MX comic.

    The Oracle replies:

    He was a French comics artist who died last year.



    February 21, 2013 - submitted by Keera, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle!!! I was just wondering when the deadline is for the fan footage for the In My Place video? Thanks!!!!! :)

    The Oracle replies:

    The deadline is Wednesday 20th March.


    February 20, 2013 - submitted by James, United States of America

    Q. Oracle, I was wondering if there is any footage or audio of the band playing Such A Rush live. It is one of my favorite songs from their earlier works. Thank you, James

    The Oracle replies:

    It's one of mine too, James. The only footage of Such A Rush live that I know about is on my dictaphone from a soundcheck in Antwerp, 2005. Sadly though they ran through the song a few times, it was decided to leave it out of the set. I know they soundchecked Bigger Stronger at Dingwalls in December 2011 - I wish I'd been there for that - lucky Anchorman was.


    February 20, 2013 - submitted by Lena, Germany

    Q. Hey Oracle! :) Will Coldplay be at the Brit Awards tonight?

    The Oracle replies:

    There was a mention that someone would be in attendance representing but not the entire band. Can you believe I will be out and missing it? For the first time possibly ever!


    February 19, 2013 - submitted by Pat, United Kingdom

    Q. I don't get what's the band doing now. And why is their MX tour so short. Can you explain why?

    The Oracle replies:

    I am getting asked a lot if the band are taking time off. They rarely take time off. It may seem that way because they're off the radar & not out and about performing but they are busy behind the scenes. They're not in the full steam ahead mode just yet, but plans are being made and steps are being taken. It's impossible to be on the road permanently (unless you're a DJ) but the MX tour was far from short. They started performing live during the festival period of 2011 while still putting the final touches to the album. They went out on the road again around the release (October) and didn't finish until December 2012 so that's 18 months of performing live with the MX tour running for over a year of that.


    February 19, 2013 - submitted by Hannah, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle. In the beginning of this video Chris mentions Margaret, his girlfriend at that time. I was wondering was she the girl in The Scientist video? P.S. Why wasn't Chris wearing any shoes at that gig?

    The Oracle replies:

    That's how rumours start, Hannah. Margaret (Fiedler) was not his girlfriend; she was a member of the band Laika, watching from side of stage. And double no, Elaine Cassidy is playing the part in The Scientist video. I imagine Chris wasn't wearing shoes for the same reason Will was wearing shorts; it was blooming hot!


    February 18, 2013 - submitted by Jericho, United States of America

    Q. Hello, Do you know what the model is for Chris Martin's Martin guitar? Thanks

    The Oracle replies:

    No, but luckily I know a man who does. Thanks to the knowledgeable Hoppy (Chris' guitar tech for those who don't know) for this very comprehensive answer. "On the MX tour he was playing Martin D-15 M's (FYI: D= dreadnought body shape/ number = style, the higher the number the more fancy appointments, binding, inlays etc/ M= mahogany). He used six or seven in a show, set up for different songs/tunings and all painted different)." He also went on to tell me: "His favorite is a 1985 (I think) made D-28 which doesn't tour. I believe he originally rented this from John Henry's Hire dept. a long time ago and subsequently bought it from them. Amongst the others, he has a vintage pre-war D-28. Also D-42, or 45 K (K=Koa wood) from the 70's (I think!) Also he may have a OO-15CE (OO= body size, small/ C= cutaway/ E=electric) somewhere. He used these on the Rush of Blood tour. He has recently been recording with 2 new HD-28's (H= herringbone, which is a style of binding they previously used on pre-war made D-28's) that have been modified, and a couple of specially made 12 string versions of D-15 M's." He knows his stuff does our Hoppy! Wow, I hope you guitar fans out there found that as fascinating as I did.


    February 18, 2013 - submitted by Sebastian, Mexico

    Q. Ok, so music related question, I was listen to The Libertines, precisely Last Post On The Bugle and I noticed that there's a verse that goes: "Inside I felt, So, so alone, Locked in a room, Waiting til kingdom come, Although I felt elated, I felt like I was scum." So I thought that maybe Coldplay were inspired by this to make their song Til Kingdom Comes. So did they took inspiration from The Libertines?

    The Oracle replies:

    No, "until kingdom come" is a well known phrase from a prayer and basically it means until the end of the world / forever.


    Photos of Will Champion and Jonny Buckland at the Brit Awards 2013 (20th February):

























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