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    New from The Oracle: Chris at Hotel Café, that Sound Relief dash, 'We're A Team' and more...

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 5200! questions now answered - submit yours now. Also via Twitter!)November 7, 2013 - submitted by Ethan, United States of AmericaQ. Hi Oracle, I heard that Chris played a secret live show in LA yesterday. How come Chris doesn't do intimate acoustic sets more often for the public to purchase tickets? I could imagine it would be a very expensive show but I would be willing to pay. All those record label execs got to see a cool show while I was sitting in my room hating life. I would give up like 4 toes to see that show.The Oracle replies:Blimey Ethan! There's no reason to hate life or promise toe sacrifice. I don't know what makes you think "all those record label execs" were there. That wasn't the case. On 5th November, Chris played at Hotel Cafe, a small music venue in L.A. It wasn't advertised; the audience were there to see the other acts on the bill.He was there to practice for his upcoming performance at the Michael J Fox Foundation event. Here is a photo from the night. Even though the venue has a no video / flash photography policy, it's hardly surprising that when something this exciting happens the policy went out of he window! During Clocks, Chris stopped thinking he'd made a mistake and joked about hoping nobody would put it on YouTube. They did.November 7, 2013 - submitted by Star, United States of AmericaQ. Hey Oracle, I'm 18 years old and as far as my parents know I have never had a boyfriend, however I started dating guys when I was 14. Now I have a 23 year old boyfriend and I don't know if I should tell them. Do I keep hiding them or tell my parents. I don't want this relationship to end. Help please?The Oracle replies:No good will come from keeping this secret. You don't have to mention previous boyfriends but at 18 I think it's likely your parents will expect you're dating. How about you ask your folks if you can bring a friend home. When you arrive with your boyfriend, just introduce them, have a cup of tea (or whatever), a chat and then leave. When you come back, ask what they think of him and then tell them you're dating. They'll hopefully feel like you've asked for their acceptance - not that you necessarily need it. The thing is at 18, it's not really permission you seek, but approval. If all gos well, they'll like him and be respectful of your relationship but more of the fact you included them.November 7, 2013 - submitted by Carly, AustraliaQ. Hello from downunder! I wish I could thank the band so charitable. I'm confused to who Roadie #42 is I have read Roadie My life On The Road With Coldplay by Matt Miller who often mentions he isn't Mr 42!The Oracle replies:That's actually inaccurate, Carly. Roadie was written by Matt McGinn, not Matt Miller. Matt McGinn often mentions he's not Roadie #42 because Matt Miller is.November 6, 2013 - submitted by Henry, AustraliaQ. Hello Oracle, Do u know what happened to the Coldplay puppets used in the life in technicolor II music video because I've heard the band still have and bring them on their travels around the world and just saw some pics on the site but I was never sure what's the story behind it all? Thanks for your time, HenzThe Oracle replies:The puppets have a new owner now. They were sold in February 2012 and the proceeds were donated to Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people. They joined the band on the road but only prior to sale so the photos you will have seen are from the last tour.November 6, 2013 - submitted by Millie, United KingdomQ. Hello Oracle, I recently sent my postcard to Phil Harvey and I was wondering if I get any confirmation that he's received it? Thank you. p.s- can you reveal anything about LP6? :)The Oracle replies:Thank you for sending your postcard, Millie but I'm afraid we won't be tracking each one. It wouldn't be practical but hopefully it arrived safe & sound. I'm sure you won't be surprised that I won't be revealing any news about LP6 - Anchorman is the news guy around here.November 6, 2013 - submitted by Priscilla, NetherlandsQ. Dear Oracle, I've noticed that Chris' nose almost touches the piano keys when he is playing and not singing. Just concentration or bad lights during concerts for proper seeing? Thnx!The Oracle replies:It's the way Chris immerses himself in the music. He's not looking at the keys most of the time so it's nothing to do with lights. They can all play brilliantly and know all the songs well enough that I'm sure they'd play the right notes in the pitch black!November 6, 2013 - submitted by Merlin, MexicoQ. Me and my best friend, we both like Coldplay a lot, but he says that he hates Yellow because it reminds him to his ex-grilfriend hahaha! What should I say to him?The Oracle replies:Don't say anything - do something. Make a nice new memory to that song so that he thinks of you instead.November 5, 2013 - submitted by Luninefrendor, MexicoQ. Hello Oracle What do you know about We're a Team by Coldplay from the Hunger Games?The Oracle replies:That title isn't a new song; it's the name for the instrumental music used in the film that features Atlas hence it having another writer also credited.November 5, 2013 - submitted by Sarah, United States of AmericaQ. Hi Oracle, My roomate sprays her perfume ALL THE TIME. She puts it on about every hour and sprays WAY to much. It makes the room smell so bad all the time, I can hardly even breath. What should I do? Thanks!The Oracle replies:Is it definitely perfume? I hope it's not that appetite suppressing room spray... Maybe she does it because she thinks your shared home stinks, so if you prefer to assume she's spraying it to mask other smells, get some scented candles or joss sticks to give the place a nice fragrance. If nothing else, it may start an odour conversation. Alternatively, why don't you ask what it is and then say, "I thought so, that doesn't agree with me." Followed by, "do you mind me asking why you put perfume on so regularly?" It may be that she thinks it's worn off so this way if she says that, you can tell her it doesn't. Whatever her reason, gently suggest that given you share your living space she restricts her spraying as it's aggravating your chest/nostrils and affecting your breathing.November 5, 2013 - submitted by yzachris, twitterQ. Good morning. I found on ebay a Coldplay Yellow Fever CD? I'd never seen it before, what is it?The Oracle replies:I've never seen (or heard of) it before either. That narrows it down to a bootleg / unofficial CD. It could be a remix of Yellow but I shouldn't think it's worth spending your money on. Probably just someone trying to cash in so I don't advise you to buy such things.November 4, 2013 - submitted by Graeme , United KingdomQ. Hi, does Chris regret running in to the crowd at Sound Relief? And what did you think of it? ;-) thx.The Oracle replies:Well... Personally for me that was not the best idea Chris has ever had. Possibly the worst! In fact, I'll happily regret it on his behalf. Ok, so I wasn't there but when I saw the footage, I did think it was one of Chris' more risky moments of spontaneity. I've seen Chris react to adrenalin and the heat of the moment before but this was the heat of the moment quite literally which may have explained the not too clever decision to run. The weather was very warm during the band's set & Chris was looking rather hot by the time they got to the closer, Fix You. It wasn't a good idea for anyone to go charging around after playing a full set. Let's put it this way, if we went back in time, I would hope Chris wouldn't repeat it as he certainly didn't feel well afterwards.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I22UAqcKFFANovember 4, 2013 - submitted by Ana, SpainQ. Why is there a old woman in the The Hardest Part's video? Can anybody explain me? I'm a little curious.The Oracle replies:Technically they weren't actually there as it was footage from the 1980s. The story behind the video has been answered here before.November 4, 2013 - submitted by Natalia, MexicoQ. Hi Oracle, have you made a chorus/ participated in any Coldplay video? ThanksThe Oracle replies:Yes but nothing quite as exciting as a Phil Harvey cameo role. Regular readers will know that I was in the crowd at the Bolton show when the Fix You video was shot. I was also in the Christmas Lights video. You can't necessarily hear or see me in either but I assure I was there.

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