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    Coldplay's Oracle this week on wristband activation, Paralympics setlist, Rio, trending topics and more...

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 2900 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    September 13, 2012 - submitted by Elizabeth, United States of America

    Q. Dearest Oracle, I was watching videos on Youtube of the Chicago Concert this year that i attended, I notice when Chris Asks for the wristbands to be turned on he ask for Will to turn them on. Does this mean Will Champion actually controls the wristbands or is somebody else named Will as well? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    No, Will is multi-talented - as we all know - but rather too busy at the shows to be able to activate the Xylobands at all the right moments. It's Jason who turns them on. Chris is saying Will's name as he comes in next with drums.


    September 13, 2012 - submitted by Lucas , Brazil

    Q. Does the band know when there's something related with Coldplay in the Trending Topics on Twitter?

    The Oracle replies:

    They do if Anchorman sees it and tells them, yes. Obviously we can't always watch trending topics but generally word does get back to the band.

    September 13, 2012 - submitted by Andrew, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I was wondering how Coldplay came up with the setlist at the Paralympics. The order of the songs that were performed were in a different order as usual, especially Us Against the World being first. Did Coldplay have the people in charge of the Paralympics pick out the songs they wanted and then have them choose the order since everyone in the Paralympics was moving to the lyrics of each song? Let me know! Thanks, Andrew

    The Oracle replies:

    The band and Kim Gavin, the director of Olympic closing ceremony, worked together on putting the perfect setlist together. It took time and wasn't a decision taken lightly. The audience didn't know the order; only the band and the performers.


    September 12, 2012 - submitted by Hanina, Indonesia

    Q. When is exactly Coldplay gonna show up at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games? And what song they're gonna play? Kisses from Indonesia!

    The Oracle replies:

    It was all under wraps before hand so I couldn't tell you but here is the setlist as it happened on Sunday night:

    Us Against The World


    Up In Flames



    God Put A Smile Upon Your Face


    Charlie Brown

    Princess Of China with Rihanna

    Strawberry Swing with The British Paraorchestra

    We Found Love with Rihanna

    Viva La Vida

    Run This Town with Jay-Z and Rihanna

    Paradise remix with Jay-Z

    The Scientist

    Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall


    September 12, 2012 - submitted by Marvick, Netherlands

    Q. Hello Mighty Oracle. I was wondering. Why doesn't Coldplay play the 'original' version (The one at ACL Festival) of Up In Flames. The one with the real drums? Thanks in Advance!

    The Oracle replies:

    That's not the original version as it were; that's the debut live version. The song was written quite close to that performance and they were still working out how to present it live. The album version and the way it's played live now are very similar. I think it suits the song the way it is.


    September 11, 2012 - submitted by Helen, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello, A group of friends and I are travelling to Prague to see Coldplay play this Sunday evening. The tickets that we have bought say that Synot Tip Arena, but your website says Slavia Eden....just to be sure: is it the same stadium? Wouldn't want to be in the wrong place at the right time! Thanks Oracle!

    The Oracle replies:

    Don't worry, Helen - you're going to the right place at the right time. The Eden Arena was formerly known as Synot Tip Arena so it is one and the same. Enjoy!


    September 11, 2012 - submitted by Carol, Brazil

    Q. My dear Oracle, what a great surprise I had tonight! It was amazing the Coldplay performance at the closing ceremony of the London Paralympics... and as Chris said, a great honor! I just want to know if you were there. Please tell me how did it feel? Have a nice day! Love Carol.

    The Oracle replies:

    I was there, Carol but I'm not sure I can put into words how I felt or how it was. It was mind-blowing, magical, incredible, jaw-droppingly beautiful and the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed in my life. I doubt I will ever experience anything quite like that again in my lifetime. I haven't watched the TV version yet but am humbled and grateful to have had the once in a lifetime opportunity of being there watching it all unfold. It's also been great to read so many fans comments about how much they loved it too.


    September 11, 2012 - submitted by Davi, Brazil

    Q. Hi, Oracle, Please Reply. Coldplay come to Brazil? I heard Chris Martin speaking Rio is in sight in the Paralympics Closing Ceremony

    The Oracle replies:

    He wasn't referring to the band touring Brazil - as you know, there are no current plans - he meant that the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics will be taking place in Rio.


    September 10, 2012 - submitted by Jess, Australia

    Q. I was watching the repeats of Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics and they said that a rumour was going around that Coldplay got paid only 1 pound to perform. Is that true? Cheers

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not a rumour; every act/band who performed at the opening & closing ceremonies of both the Olympics and Paralympics got paid £1 to perform - including Sir Paul McCartney.


    September 10, 2012 - submitted by Janina, Germany

    Q. Dear Oracle, I was wondering how the band travels from gig to gig: plane, train oder bus? Because I once saw an interview with Chris, where he said, that they love to go by train, so they are able to ejoy the countryside. Thanks for answering! PS: Can't wait to see the guys on Thursday in LEIPZIG!

    The Oracle replies:

    It depends where the gig is but generally it's car to airport, plane to country, car to venue. There have been train rides here and there but they don't happen all that often. We all went to Liverpool's Crisis concert on the train a couple of year's ago - in the snow.




    New photos of Coldplay performing at the Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany (12 September 2012):
















    Photos courtesy of Augsberger.de


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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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