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    Coldplay's Oracle on Live 2012, on-stage injuries, liveblogs, tour "rooms", The Laurel Tree and more...

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


    September 27, 2012 - submitted by Amalie, Denmark

    Q. Hello Oracle, I've got some questions. I was wondering, is Chris very clumsy? There's a lot of videos on youtube, when he's falling on stage. Has any members of the band, ever been violent injured on stage? Many hugs from Denmark, I love Coldplay and everything about them. xoxo, Amalie.

    The Oracle replies:

    Chris isn't clumsy but yes, he has taken a tumble a few times. I haven't seen him fall for a while so hopefully he's not accident prone these days. He does deliberate falls during the live shows too by the way. Will came a cropper during a performance back in 2009 when he whacked the bell during Viva la Vida so hard, the end of the drumstick (beater) flew off and hit him in the face causing his nose to bleed.


    September 27, 2012 - submitted by Kimberly, Netherlands

    Q. Dear Oracle, I've made a lot of photos during the London Paralympic Closing Ceremony, but you can't download them to the website. Will there come an option to download them on the website?? thank you very much! Kimberly

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm afraid not, the Paralympics Closing Ceremony wasn't part of the tour nor was it a Coldplay show so we don't include it in our Live Transmissions section.

    September 27, 2012 - submitted by Josh, Argentina

    Q. Dear Oracle... Some time ago you asked a question about this missing line from the wonderful The World Turned Upside Down:

    X is Y

    The land, sea, rivers, trees, the stars, the sky

    365 degrees

    All of the surface and the underneath



    And everything under the sun

    You said Chris doesn't remember what he sang during the recording of the song. But my question is- How do YOU think the missing line goes? I mean, you're an English speaker, so I think it might be easier for you to figure it out than for a Spanish speaker like me, no matter how fluent I might be in English... THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Oracle replies:

    I'll let you into a secret... it was actually yours truly (me) who was listening to the songs and writing the lyrics back at that time. I sent The World Turned Upside Down - looking much like it does in your question - to Phil as I couldn't decipher what Chris was saying. Both he & Chris struggled to work it out too so we just left it as is. Quite frankly if Chris doesn't know what he's singing, there's not much hope for the rest of us!


    September 26, 2012 - submitted by Paul, Poland

    Q. On the new 2012 DVD trailer I think I noticed that a part of the video is form the Warsaw concert (00:57 I think) Does it mean that one of the songs will be from that concert!?

    The Oracle replies:

    All the details are in the new piece including the director saying: "Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and last year’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury Festival". Filming was completed by the Stade de France show in Paris so anything after won't be included. Therefore no, there won't be footage from the Warsaw gig in the film.


    September 26, 2012 - submitted by Keera, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle! I was wondering: What is the difference between the $20.91 (CD/DVD) live 2012 bundle and the $24.13 (DVD/CD) one? Thanks!! :)

    The Oracle replies:

    Both the CD/DVD and the DVD/CD packages contain the same 95 minute film and 15 track live album but the difference is the DVD/CD version comes in a bigger box, with a DVD-sized booklet which contains an extra 2 pages. In the UK that's the £12.99 and £14.99 versions.


    September 25, 2012 - submitted by Andres, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! In Sound Relief in 2009, what does Chris say when he introduces John Farnham? Does he say "the singer of the Australian national anthem"? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    It appears it's an Antipodean themed day for Oracle questions... No, Andres, but close. Chris actually says, "ladies & gentlemen, please welcome to sing the Australian nation anthem, John Farnham". Chris is obviously joking but The Voice is such a hugely famous song by an Australian* performer and we LOVE it! *John was actually born in England.


    September 25, 2012 - submitted by Eliza, New Zealand

    Q. I'm SO excited to be Coldplay's next concert!! I am GA and wanting to know where abouts is the best place to stand as I am quite short but really want to see Chris and the band performing. Thanks Oracle! Also what time do fans normally start lining up??

    The Oracle replies:

    Where to stand really is a personal preference. If you're short you may struggle in the middle of the audience so if you end up there, make sure you keep hydrated. I don't know if there's a golden circle so my advice may not work. The best places (to me) are in front of the stage, sides of runway or at the end of the X Stage to get near. If you struggle in crowds, go further back where you will the the stage as a whole plus the screens and all effects in their glory. Maybe you could head to the C Stage for the acoustic section and a close-up view of the band. Queue times vary. I know that in Paris one fan was there from 6am and said it was very busy yet in Leipzig fans didn't start arriving 'til 9am and even then, not that many.


    September 25, 2012 - submitted by Keish, Australia

    Q. Do Roadie #42 and the Anchorman take turns to do blogs for the live shows? Or is it usually Anchorman who does the job? Also, the last blog says that you guys are taking a 6 week break before heading down under. Can we possibly expect a live blog from Melbourne, Australia? Cheers, Keish

    The Oracle replies:

    Anchorman takes the helm for all the live blogs as Roadie #42 is busy being a roadie during that time. #42 writes his retrospective blogs rather than reporting live. Given the distance etc. I very much doubt there will be a live blog from Australasia but I expect Roadie #42 will recount touring tales.


    September 24, 2012 - submitted by Jack, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle, I noticed that during the live photo blogging sessions, no matter where in the world they are the band seem to be sat in the same room when they're warming up and playing Fifa - the one walled with the black curtains, can you explain? I'm guessing it's on the back of a tour lorry or your catering staff dress their venue hangout the same every time. Thanks, Jack.

    The Oracle replies:

    You are indeed correct, Jack. The "rooms" also travel from city to city. Well before the band reach the venue, areas are prepared for their arrival. Management & production are set-up in offices that can range from real rooms to make-shift ones but the band's dressing room, warm-up room and family & friends room are all the same no matter what the venue or where they are. They're like pop-up rooms kitted out in black drapes with velcro fastenings to hide the real room or sometimes corridors. Lights, soft furnishings and flowers (as well as refreshments) are added to make them more inviting and comfortable. The band's room also has the games consoles etc. of course.


    September 24, 2012 - submitted by Paulo, Portugal

    Q. Dear Oracle, Where is The Laurel Tree - the venue for one and only Starfish gig?

    The Oracle replies:

    The Laurel Tree doesn't exist any longer. It was actually a pub with a room upstairs that bands used to play in. It closed down a few years ago. It's now called BrewDog (all one word). Its location is the corner of Bayham Street and Greenland Street, Camden, NW1.




    More new photos of Coldplay performing at the AWD Arena, Hannover, Germany (22 September 2012):






















    Photos courtesy of haz.de (click for more!)


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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] [NEW!]

    4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

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

    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] [NEW!]

    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] [NEW!]

    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]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]


    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)


    Kit yourself up for the forthcoming MX tour and get spotted with Coldplaying's new range of merchandise! [click on the items for the full shop]


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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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