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    Coldplay's Oracle looks back on Brits night, Elton John's 2003 Trouble duet, and to classics in future setlists

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 2380 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    February 27, 2012 - submitted by Bames, United Kingdom

    Q. Any chance of the band ever playing songs like Bigger Stronger, We Never Change, High Speed and other classics again?

    The Oracle replies:

    There's always a chance but I'd say very slim chance. Out of those 3 I would say that We Never Change would be most likely if at all because it would fit well into the acoustic section of their show. I was lucky enough to hear Such a Rush being tried out at a soundcheck in Antwerp back in 2005. Anchorman was even luckier as he heard the band soundcheck Bigger Stronger at Dingwalls in December last year.


    February 27, 2012 - submitted by Renan, Brazil

    Q. Will Coldplay sing with Elton John someday? I would love to see Elton John on the Chris's piano.

    The Oracle replies:

    As it goes, I am about to make you very happy Renan. Elton already has played on Chris' piano. Elton invited the band over to his Atlanta residence for lunch when they were playing there back in 2003. They invited him to play piano on Trouble and he did.

    February 23, 2012 - submitted by Lily, United Kingdom

    Q. Do you know what modern American (rock) bands that anyone from Coldplay (Chris in particular) likes? To be honest, I think American bands are terrible compared to our great British bands, so I was wondering what kind of American bands the group enjoys. Maybe if I listen to them my opinion of American bands will change.

    The Oracle replies:

    Wow Lily, I'm quite surprised because although there are (in our own personal opinions) rather a lot of well under par bands all over the world, the U.S has provided us with some astonishingly great artists over the years.


    February 23, 2012 - submitted by Molly McGrath, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, Chris, Will and Guy are all in the list of top tags, but Jonny isn't. Do you think theres a reason that he's mentioned less often than the others? Love, a huge fan :)

    We must rectify this! Now I have my much coveted search box (much better than the tag cloud I reckon), I will be sure to tag Jonny more if you guys ask more Jonny related questions. In fact, I'm tagging this one for starters!


    February 23, 2012 - submitted by Tanya, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, Who was your favourite performer at the Brits? (except, of course, Coldplay who were sublime!) Thanks, from a crazy Coldplay fan :)

    The Oracle replies:

    I know you said except for but Coldplay were my favourite. I liked the simplicity of Ed Sheeran, the almost too scared to wreck her newly operated on vocals of Adele, the energy of Rihanna, the no fuss Noel Gallagher (featuring Chris of course) and the reworked version by Bruno Mars. All in all I thought almost all the performances were jolly good.


    February 22, 2012 - submitted by Harry, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, I just watched the Brits (Charlie Brown was amazing), and I noticed Chris playing with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds! Was he meant to be there, because Noel didn't mention him or anything? Thanks from a massive fan!

    The Oracle replies:

    I swear I'm laughing with you, not at you but yes, of course Noel Gallagher knew Chris was there. I think any artist would be pretty miffed if someone from another band just came on stage and started playing without permission. The giveaway is the fact that Chris is playing his own keyboard.


    February 22, 2012 - submitted by Logan, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I am very excited about going to another Coldplay concert this summer. I have seen some of their performances online and have wondered why they haven't played Lovers in Japan. In my opinion it is one of their best songs performed live. Is there any chance they will add it to their set list when they start their tour back up?

    The Oracle replies:

    Lovers In Japan has been played live so many times as it was part of the Viva tour setlist. It's not on the current MX one though so enjoy these clips to your heart's content.


    February 22, 2012 - submitted by Andrew, United States of America

    Q. I noticed the tweet about the Brit Awards and the table where Coldplay will be dining. Table number 42, coincidence? Thanks Oracle!

    The Oracle replies:

    Roadie #42 took a photo of table #42 but it wasn't where Coldplay dined, so no coincidence.


    February 21, 2012 - submitted by Britt, Netherlands

    Q. Dear Oracle, At what time does the Brit Award show start? I'd really love to see it! Are the boys looking forward to the show? Thanks in advance, Britt

    The Oracle replies:

    The Brits will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 8pm. Coldplay are opening the show so you won't want to miss the beginning! They rehearsed yesterday and are already there now so are more than ready for tonight. Voting is now closed so let's wait and see if they bring one of Peter Blake's bespoke statuettes home.


    February 21, 2012 - submitted by N, Bahrain

    Q. Hi Oracle! I just wanted to ask about that competition the site had to win a signed souvenir from the Grammys, did they already announce the winner? Or is it still going? Thanks! :)

    The Oracle replies:

    The competition's closing date was 17th February so it's over. We don't "announce" the winner anywhere; we contact the winner directly.


    February 21, 2012 - submitted by Max, Canada

    Q. Hi Oracle, I recently dug out my old camera and found a beautiful picture from the Vancouver show of the Viva la Vida tour. I really want to share it with people and submit it but I missed the deadline for submitting tour photos to the site. How can I submit it? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    There is no deadline to submit tour photos to the site so just click here and upload them.


    February 20, 2012 - submitted by Carla, Peru

    Q. Hey Oracle! I heard the boys did a mini cover of Barbie Girl. I think Jonny's voice is so funny :) Do you know if there's a complete video or something? Thanks.

    The Oracle replies:

    There are audio clips of it but they only did a few seconds of the song.

    It was at the time they used to perform part of a song that was recorded by someone local to where they were; A-ha in Norway for example and as an Aqua are from Denmark, the Barbie Girl clip was played there on November 21st 2002.


    February 20, 2012 - submitted by Gaston, Argentina


    Q. Hi Oracle! I was watching this interview and I saw that Will has a tatoo on his left arm. I've never seen that so I was wandering what is it?

    The Oracle replies:

    It's a tattoo of his first born's handprint. Here is a slightly clearer picture of it.


    February 20, 2012 - submitted by Becky, United States of America

    Q. If someone writes a song for Coldplay would the band mates accept it?

    The Oracle replies:

    No lovely they wouldn't - that goes for lyrics and or/music. I usually advise people with writing talents to get in touch with The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers.


    February 16, 2012 - submitted by Amber, United States of America

    Q. I have a literature project where our professor is asking us to find a song which displays assonance, a repetition of vowel sounds, or consonance, a repetition of the same consonant sounds. As an avid Coldplay fan, I'd love to be able to use one of their songs. Would you happen to know of any off the top of your head? Thank you so much for your time and I hope you are well.

    The Oracle replies:

    The opening line of Strawberry Swing displays assonance but not the rest of the song. If you go to our Recordings section of the site, you can see all the lyrics there so perhaps have a whizz through to see if there's a better example.


    February 16, 2012 - submitted by Josie, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, I am following an account on Twitter called @ChrisOfColdplay however, the account is not verified. I was wondering if you know, is this account actually Chris? Will be waiting for a reply! Love from the biggest Liverpool Coldplayer you will ever meet! x

    The Oracle replies:

    Gosh 15,105 people seem to think that it's really Chris too but no, it isn't. None of the band have a personal twitter account. When they do tweet it's via the only official coldplay twitter.


    February 16, 2012 - submitted by Grace, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle! I have realized that in all of Coldplay's interviews Guy never talks, most of the time he's not even in the interview. I understand why Chris is always the one talking and sometimes Will or Jonny are with him, but what about Guy? By the way he's really handsome :) just saying lol.

    The Oracle replies:

    Never say never honey. Here's Guy only last year talking at T in the Park.

    There are various videos of Guy being interviewed over the years; YouTube have quite a few for starters. Enjoy Grace!


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