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    Coldplay's Oracle on haitus rumours, Spies, Moving To Mars, Chris/unicycle, Trainer Dan and more...

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 3100 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    December 13, 2012 - submitted by Amber, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello Oracle, Do you know when this photo was taken and the context behind it? Thanks :)

    The Oracle replies:

    Back in 2006 the band were at The Brits and during one acceptance speech (they won 2 awards that night), Chris mentioned they'd be away for a while. The following morning a certain British tabloid ran the front page headline "COLDPLAY QUIT". Miller (a.k.a Roadie #42) took the photo of the band to show their surprise at hearing the news - which was of course false. We posted the photo on this website and that's pretty much it. It's worth bearing in mind that if / when Chris mentions taking time off, it doesn't mean a split or a long hiatus.


    December 13, 2012 - submitted by Carmen, Italy

    Q. Dear Oracle, I don't know you but I'm watching the 12.12.12 concert and I'm crying. I just finished to watch Chris and Michael Stipe and, omg, goosebumps everywhere! Did you watch the concert? How you feel about it? I hope you're fine and I wish you happy holidays!

    The Oracle replies:

    Awww, that's lovely, Carmen. I haven't seen it yet myself but if it's anything like Chris & Michael's previous performances together, I will probably well up too!


    December 12, 2012 - submitted by Tiffany, United States of America

    Q. HI Oracle :D Is there any special meaning behind Spies? I love that song and I was just curious.

    The Oracle replies:

    There isn't a special meaning per se but there was a reason and inspiration behind its conception. The band very much had John Barry (composer of the best theme songs in film & tv ever!) in mind and there was a Bond film in the pipeline. They wrote the song in 1999 and for a while considered self- releasing it as a white label promo.


    December 12, 2012 - submitted by Richard N, United States of Ameica

    Q. Hey Oracle, I was listening to Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall on the way to work, and I noticed something within the lyrics... This may seem weird to notice but when Chris sings " Don't want to see another generation drop. I'd rather be a comma then a full stop," I couldn't help but notice he is saying part of the alphabet backwards. (Don't want to C another...I'd rather B a comma then A full stop). Is this just coincidental or does Coldplay think of things like this when writing songs?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm surprised I hadn't noticed that because I get off on wordplay. Coldplay wordplay... Anyway, less of that. No, it's a coincidence because as you say, he's singing "Don't want to see another generation drop. I'd rather be a comma then a full stop" , not C, B, A.


    December 12, 2012 - submitted by Nick, Australia

    Q. I was at the Saturday night concert in Sydney, great show! Anyway, what is the ambient type music that is played in between acts? Wouldn't be composed by Mr. Eno or Mr. Hopkins... Would it?

    The Oracle replies:

    Mr. Hopkins was the DJ in between acts so he may have slipped a track composed by himself or Brian. I shall ask Jon to see if he's willing to impart some details of his set list...


    December 11, 2012 - submitted by Angelica, Australia

    Q. Hello Oracle! I was just wondering one thing. Is Dan Portanier the "trainer" (seen at the back of the Mylo Xyloto tour book) a voice coach or physical trainer or a trainer to keep the boys from bursting into 5 year olds??

    The Oracle replies:

    The final part of your question made me laugh, thank you. Dan - affectionately known to us all as Trainer Dan - is the band's personal trainer in the physical workout sense.


    December 11, 2012 - submitted by Alex, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, Why in the lyrics of Moving To Mars is there a '76543'? What does it mean?


    The Oracle replies:

    Rockets launches are counted down to lift off from 10 to 1 so in Moving To Mars when Chris sings '76543' that's the reference he's making.


    December 11, 2012 - submitted by Carolina, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! I bought The Amazing Spider-Man movie and in the part where Peter is doing skate tricks, there is a song that I think Chris is singing. Is it true? What's the name of that song? Thanks! I hope your reply guys :) Greetings from Puerto Vallarta!

    The Oracle replies:

    I haven't seen the film myself but I do know that it's 'Til Kingdom Come - the hidden track from X&Y - that is playing in the film.


    December 10, 2012 - submitted by Ethan, United Kingdom

    Q. Hey Oracle, I am just curious to know how does the band get to the C stage? I know that they come back through the crowd, do they go that way as well to the C stage? Many Thanks, Ethan, Coldplay For Life!:D

    The Oracle replies:

    It depends on the venue. In the Live 2012 film, there's footage of the band driving buggies around the corridors taking them to the back of the arena and then they run down the aisle to the C stage. In the stadiums they walk around the back of the stage to come out half way down and are escorted through the crowd via a makeshift walkway fashioned from tapes used to cordon a section off for easy access.


    December 10, 2012 - submitted by MF, United States of America

    Q. Greetings from Massachusetts! 1. How long did it take Chris to learn unicycle... or did he already know? 2. How do people put web links in their words? Thanks, Oracle!

    The Oracle replies:

    Chris did already know how to ride a unicycle before the Paradise video shoot.

    People don't put the webs links in their text; I do that here before I post. If you want to know how, there's a code to make hyperlinks that you can easily find via your preferred search engine.


    December 10, 2012 - submitted by Jennifer, Australia

    Q. I was wondering, did Rhianna help Coldplay write Princess of China or was she just selected to sing it as a duet with them? (meaning they wrote the song on their own). Also, why Rhianna and not someone else such as Alicia Keys?

    The Oracle replies:

    Although Coldplay LOVE Alicia Keys and have performed with her, there was no doubt that Princess of China was meant for Rihanna from the very inception of the song. The band wrote it & recorded it before Rihanna's vocals were added.




    Photos of Chris Martin at the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit concert, Madison Square Garden, New York (12 December 2012):















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    Don't forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:


    FEBRUARY 2012

    8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]

    9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]

    10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]

    12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]

    16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]

    21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]


    MARCH 2012

    2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]

    4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman's Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]


    APRIL 2012

    17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]

    18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]

    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

    24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]

    25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]

    27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

    28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]


    MAY 2012

    1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion]

    18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]

    20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]

    22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]

    24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

    26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]

    29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]


    JUNE 2012

    1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]

    7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM's Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion]

    9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

    25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]

    28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]

    29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]


    JULY 2012

    2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]

    3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]

    5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]

    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

    30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]


    AUGUST 2012

    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]

    3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]

    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

    10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]

    28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]

    30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]


    SEPTEMBER 2012

    2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]

    4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]

    6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]

    7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion]

    9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [discussion]

    12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]

    14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]

    16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]

    19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]

    22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]


    NOVEMBER 2012

    10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]

    12 Sydney, Australia @ MAX TV intimate show [discussion] [NEW!]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]


    DECEMBER 2012:

    29 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena [discussion] [NEW!]

    30 New York, NY @ Barclays Center [discussion] [NEW!]

    31 New York, NY @ Barclays Center (with Jay-Z) [discussion] [NEW!]


    Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)

    Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)

    Read also: 2012: Live Appearances - Easy Thread Finder (last updated - 12th January 2012)

    Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)


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    The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don't take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) - simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]

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