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    Coldplay's Oracle tackles questions on playing for the Queen, Mince Spies, ETIAW video, Songbird and more...

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    August 23, 2012 - submitted by Andres, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! I just won two tickets for the Global Festival and I am so happy! I just have many questions... Why isn't Coldplay announced on the festival's site? At what time do I have to get there? Where in Central Park is it? Thanks a lot!

    The Oracle replies:

    Another fan, Anna Rose also wrote to me about this: "I've just won tickets to Global Festival in Sept. and I couldn't be more excited! But then I remembered Coldplay had tweeted, "We're proud to support @GlobalFestival in NYC this Sept w @FooFighters and @TheBlackKeys to end extreme poverty globalfestival.com. Does that mean the boys will be there or they just support the charity?" I shall answer you both. The band aren't announced on the festival's website because they are not performing at the festival; they are supporting the cause. The gig takes place at The Great Lawn in Central Park, NYC. The time should be on your ticket. Any other queries you should direct to Global via their contact address that you will find in the FAQ section at the very bottom of their website.


    August 23, 2012 - submitted by Anne, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle, I have been searching for the video of Coldplay playing A Message in 2010 at the Haiti benefit but I can't find it! If it exists can you show it to me?

    The Oracle replies:

    Here it is.

    August 22, 2012 - submitted by Tim, Australia

    Q. Do Coldplay have any backing vocals playing in their sample tracks when they perform live? If so, which songs?

    The Oracle replies:

    Not vocals but there are obviously studio recorded parts to enhance the live performances - like the MX intro for example.


    August 22, 2012 - submitted by Kristin, United States of America

    Q. Hey Oracle. :) Are the sparklers that the boys used on their Viva La Vida tour normal sparklers? Uh, well how did they swing them around so easily I mean? One of the most perfect moments ever. :) Thanks so much.

    The Oracle replies:

    They're pretty standard and to be honest, every sparkler I have on Bonfire Night / New Year's Eve are swung around with the same great force and withstand it so maybe you've got to find a better sparkler provider...


    August 22, 2012 - submitted by Chris, United States of America

    Q. Hi, Were any band members offended when the Coldplay twitter picture was made to the one of just Chris?

    The Oracle replies:

    It changes so no, that just happens to be the photo we're using at the moment.


    August 21, 2012 - submitted by Odet, United States of America

    Q. Hi. I was wondering if you have ever played for the Queen of England before? Thanks.

    The Oracle replies:

    Ooh what a great question! Coldplay haven't played for Her Majesty as they didn't perform at the Golden or Diamond Jubilee concerts at the Palace, or the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Or indeed any other occasion thus far. It doesn't mean that they won't; just that they haven't.


    August 21, 2012 - submitted by Marcus, Hong Kong

    Q. A simple question. Is it still possible to buy Mince Spies? And if yes where?

    The Oracle replies:

    Not unless anyone is selling their copy somewhere on the Internet I'm afraid. Very occasionally they turn up on a well-established auction site or an online store for rare collectibles. I just looked and couldn't find one.


    August 20, 2012 - submitted by Daniel, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle. I love how you've adopted the graffiti art form for the album. I was particularly interested in the music video for Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall which uses large quantities of graffiti. My question is, when you filmed the video at Millennium Mills, London, did you leave the graffiti behind, or was it just CGI? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    The graffiti was real but no, it wasn't left behind. The grafitti was removed by a team as each new shot was being set up. Read more here.


    August 20, 2012 - submitted by James, United Kingdom

    Q. I was looking through a setlist on WikiColdplay and it said that they performed Songbird/Fix You, is Songbird just another name for Fix You or two different songs? Thanks

    The Oracle replies:

    They are two different songs. Song titles appear on setlists as if the whole song was performed but more often than not, it's just Chris singing a few lyrics from the songs. Songbird is an Oasis track.




    New photos of Coldplay performing at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN (10 August 2012):


















    Photos courtesy of www.pbase.com/jonswansonphotography (Jon Swanson Photography)


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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]

    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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