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    Coldplay's Oracle on the band's return, Glastonbury rumours, Jonny's sound and more...

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 4000! questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    March 21, 2013 - submitted by Lorelei, United States of America

    Q. I have heard from a lot of people that the boys are taking a break for a couple of years. If so, how long is the break going to be and when do you think there is going to be another album or tour?

    The Oracle replies:

    Although I understand people are anxious for news and perhaps even mild panic sets in at the thought of no new music for a while yet I wonder why this question comes up so much when we look at the discography of the band: Parachutes 2000; AROBTTH 2002; X&Y 2005; Viva 2008; MX 2011. You can see from this that the band have always had 2-3 years between albums so however long this "break" is, I can't see it being any longer. It's not a break per se as much as being off the radar.



    March 21, 2013 - submitted by Safa, France

    Q. I assume the answer is obvious to everybody (or not because..well, I'm asking it !) as no one ever asked this : Do you like Coldplay ? And if so when/how did you start liking them ? Is it before you got your job on this website ? :) Much love from France ! xx

    The Oracle replies:

    I think it would almost be an impossible to task to work for a band I did not like. Like is putting it mildly - I LOVE Coldplay. I've loved them from the first time I heard them and yes, that was a long time before I worked for them.


    March 20, 2013 - submitted by Bobbie aka MetalGrannie, United States of America

    Q. I'm a grandmother (meaning old lady) who absolutely loves Coldplay. I have all their albums downloaded to my Zune (yes, I bought a Zune and I love it) and have a Coldplay playlist which is always on and playing, although there are 78 gigs worth of music on my 120 gig player. I even sleep with Coldplay on. Is there somewhere I can find who wrote the lyrics and the music to the songs? I especially love Things That I Don't Understand. Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    All the albums have credits on the sleeve; Coldplay (mainly Chris) write all their own lyrics and music but there are a few songs that credit other writers such as Jon Hopkins. There has also been occasion where the band have used a riff, hook or similar and credit has also gone to the source. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive list but some examples of artists among those credited are Kraftwerk (Talk), Ritmo De La Noche (Every Teardrop), Sigur Ros (Princess of China). By the way, just because you're a grandmother does not make you an old lady! You sound young at heart to me.


    March 20, 2013 - submitted by Beth, United Kingdom

    Q. Hey Oracle:) I heard a rumor that Coldplay will be playing at Glastonbury this year, is it true?

    The Oracle replies:

    The thing with Glastonbury is there are always going to be rumours of who will be playing every year. I don't know who starts them but as we played the last one (2011)... The line-up is only announced when it's sold out - which it is - but apart from Emily Eavis confirming that Daft Punk are not performing there's been no other official word yet. Before that starts a frenzy of folk thinking Coldplay are going to appear, that's how rumours could start! As you know, the band are not touring and the MX tour is over. They're not planning on playing at any festivals.


    March 19, 2013 - submitted by Nate, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle, I was wondering how Jonny gets that great sound on his guitar? It sound incredible! And where can I get a book or tabs for how Jonny plays songs and riffs exactly the way he plays them? Thanks see ya!

    The Oracle replies:

    Many great guitarists have a distinctive sound: Clapton, Prince, Hendrix & our very own Buckland. There are many components to creating that sound. The guitarist first and foremost and then their choice of guitar, the effects pedals, techniques and even the amp. Guitarists can choose to play with or without distortion, capo, whammy bar, pick (plectrum) and slides. All of these are contributing factors. We don't have guitar tabs books - though there are some available online, as well as tabs sites but I'd hate to recommend any that aren't accurate. There are also YouTube videos of how to play Coldplay songs - unofficial - but probably worth a look.


    March 19, 2013 - submitted by John, United States of America

    Q. The girl I was about to date moved to another country and now a bunch of girls want me to ask them out. and it's driving me insane they are like forcing me and I can't think clearly anymore how do you know you found the one?

    The Oracle replies:

    Ooh get you Mr. Popular! Look, you can't be forced to ask anyone out so forget all about that. As for finding "the one", if you're a regular reader you'll know I don't believe there is necessarily a "one" for life but that's my opinion. I do believe in falling in love (however long it lasts) and for that all I will say is you will just know. So stop worrying and listen to your gut and heart rather than any other pressures you're feeling from the girls who by the sounds of it are throwing themselves at your feet.


    March 18, 2013 - submitted by Martina, Italy

    Q. Almighty Oracle good evening! Can you please give us some news about Chris running the LA Marathon?? Did he succeed to complete the marathon? Is he still alive?? Please answer now is what we need!! Thank you! Martina

    The Oracle replies:

    Chris joined the Lupus Awareness Campaign but he didn't participate in the LA Marathon. Fit as he is, he hasn't been training for it plus he was back in the UK.


    March 18, 2013 - submitted by Justin, United States of America

    Q. A week or so earlier, you stated that the pictures/videos for the out of place video was due on march 20. the web site says April 2nd. Which is right, because if it's the latter, my pictures will be much better (in a sense...) and better for the clip. thanks, Justin

    The Oracle replies:

    At the time I answered it, I got the date from Oxfam's website. They must have extended it to the 2nd April. Always go off what they say, after all it's their competition.


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