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    Coldplay's Oracle on MX art, record labels, Shiver video, setlist changes and more...

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 4500! questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    July 4, 2013 - submitted by Raj , Canada

    Q. Hi Oracle, I've been reading the MX comics upto the latest issue 5, and I'm confused about exactly how each of the songs fits into the plot line of the Mylo Xyloto comic series. The song Major Minus is obviously a reference to the antagonist, but what about the others? Up In Flames, for example? Princess of China etc. I'm not sure there is even a "China" in the fictional universe of Silencia.

    The Oracle replies:

    Although the character of Mylo, comic and album are intrinsically linked, they are not running alongside each other in tandem. There are themes reflected in the music but that doesn't mean that every song is represented in the comic and vice versa with characters and storylines not mentioned in the album.



    July 4, 2013 - submitted by Sandy, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I just read that Adele's likeness has been debuted at M.T.'s Wax Museum in London, so I'm wondering if Coldplay is already on display, or, have they ever been approached about it? Does the museum need their permission? Happiness to all! Sandy

    The Oracle replies:

    Coldplay don't have waxwork effigies. As far as I am aware, anyone can be made into a waxwork and a sitting isn't always required. However, the sitting is a fascinating process.


    July 4, 2013 - submitted by Natalia, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! Just wondering, what was the first oracle question you answered? Thank you. xx

    The Oracle replies:

    The first question was sent by Rachel: Is it possible for me to make "Coldplayism" a religion as well? Worshiping this miraculous band, of course. ANSWER: Although there is technically nothing to stop someone from worshiping Coldplay, Coldplayism may be seen as a cult or parody religion. There may also be an issue of copyright with using the name. And remember, as Oasis once said unto us, "Please don't put your life in the hands of a rock n roll band".


    July 3, 2013 - submitted by Ku , Malaysia

    Q. Hi Oracle, I always wondered if you're a guy or girl. Anyways, Paris did the artworks for MYLO XYLOTO right. Did he painted it all by himself or he had help? & also how many piano, guitars etc have he painted during that period? I'm guessing like alot alot. Sounds like he's half octopus. Ku, Malaysia.

    The Oracle replies:

    Paris did indeed have help on the mammoth task of the MX art. His girlfriend Milk worked on it with him. He roped in lots of friends for the ETIAW video. You can read more about it here. I don't know how many instruments in total were painted but possibly 3 keyboards as well as drumkit & almost all the guitars - but many of you have noticed that Guy's bass remained graffiti free. In answer to whether I am a boy or a girl - I'm neither.


    July 3, 2013 - submitted by Juley , United Kingdom

    Q. What are Coldplay up to at the moment? It's all a bit quiet and I missing the lovely CM lots. However I did meet Andy Murray today in Starbucks how unreal was that?! Love you all and missing you all xx

    The Oracle replies:

    You know, this n that... It's not been all that quiet considering they're not out and about touring and such. It's been a pretty busy week with charity appearances, the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards and general sightings (of Chris) for the keen observer. Oh I do hope Andy Murray wins Wimbledon. C'mon Andy!


    July 3, 2013 - submitted by Gaston, Argentina

    Q. Did Coldplay change discography? I mean, I'm really confused because I know they have a contract with Parlophone who was owned by EMI but now is owned by Universal? I really don't understand the situation... Greetings from Argentina!

    The Oracle replies:

    I can understand your confusion as it was a tricky transaction because yes, you're right that EMI was sold (to Universal) but Parlophone wasn't part of the deal. Yesterday (2 July) it was confirmed that Warners completed its acquisition of Parlophone.


    July 2, 2013 - submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle! How's your summer? In regards to all the driving questions, I was wondering can any of the guys drive? Chris said that he doesn't own a car so can he drive? Thanks in advance!!

    The Oracle replies:

    Good thanks - though the sun has disappeared (again) today. The driving is a hotter topic than I imagined! Chris can - and does - drive, yes. All the guys drive. Actually, come to think of it, I have never seen Jonny drive but pretty sure he can.


    July 2, 2013 - submitted by Flavio, Mozambique

    Q. Hi Oracle,I would like to know who's that guys who appears in Shiver video. They doesn't look like Guy, Jonny and Will, except Chris. Flavio, Mozambique.

    The Oracle replies:

    They look really young don't they? I know the video was made 13 years ago and the guys were only around 20 years old but I can assure you that it is Jonny, Guy & Will.


    July 1, 2013 - submitted by Jake, United States of America

    Q. Does any of the band members drive them selves to their gigs, or do they take a taxi or limo? I know they take trains and stuff but I saw a comment earlier you answered that said Chris takes a car sometimes. Does that mean he drives? Or does he get driven to the concerts?

    The Oracle replies:

    They are driven; it wouldn't be appropriate or advisable to come straight off stage all hot & sweaty with adrenalin levels at a high to drive. Chris has taken the tube to the O2 when they played there but getting a tube home wouldn't be a viable option.


    July 1, 2013 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America

    Q. Hey Oracle! I'm writing a novel currently and I was wondering if I was allowed to use Coldplay's name in the story? The protagonist is listening to Coldplay during a thought-provoking ride through New York City.

    The Oracle replies:

    Yes, you can. However, if you were to mention the name of the Coldplay song they are listening to, you could not. The band do not own copyright to their songs so permission would be needed from Universal Publishing.


    June 27, 2013 - submitted by Dylan, United States of America

    Q. Hey there! I am a huge Coldplay fan, but I am also a big fan of the Killers. I was reading about Brandon Flowers, singer for the Killers, when I read that he has performed with Coldplay before. When and where did this happen? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    It was a benefit show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Wednesday February 18th in aid of War Child.


    June 27, 2013 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America

    Q. How did the band feel about Charlie Brown being the theme song for UEFA Euro 2012? Because of this, were the band given anything? Such as premium seats to the matches?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm sure they were chuffed but they don't get asked for permission for such things. There are licenses that cover the use of music in sports shows etc. The band won't therefore have been offered tickets in exchange but I'm pretty sure if they had wanted to go, they would have been able to procure tickets ;-)


    June 26, 2013 - submitted by James Burke, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! I was wondering if when the band plays 2 shows at the same venue 2 nights in a row if there is any variation between the setlists between the two nights. Thanks, James

    The Oracle replies:

    I know that Bruce Springsteen & Radiohead, for example, have different set lists from show to show but their production set-up allows for such vast changes daily. Coldplay have many effects, videos and lighting that are incorporated into the concert so it’s not possible to mix it up too much. There is the occasional tweak to which songs are performed on the B & C stage.


    June 26, 2013 - submitted by Regan, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi there, i was just curious to know when Coldplay do shows in the UK but outside London do the guys travel together to wherever the show may be or do they travel there on there own? (For example a show in Manchester?)

    The Oracle replies:

    It depends on which mode of transport and where they have been previously / are off to next. For example, if they were playing T in the Park one night and Oxegen the following night, they would fly to Scotland and then leave together (by either ferry or plane) to Ireland. When they played the Crisis gigs in December back in 2010, Chris travelled up to Liverpool by car the night before to go to a gig and the rest of the band followed by train the next day. I’ve flown back from Manchester with them and on other occasions we’ve taken cars so it’s not set in stone. Generally though they fly together or share cars with whoever lives nearest to one another.


    June 25, 2013 - submitted by Brittany, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle, Could you please tell me what Chris and Jonny were talking about at the end of the Shiver music video. I truly hope you get to read my message.

    The Oracle replies:

    I’m afraid I have no idea! I would wager they don’t remember either. Probably something about the video.


    June 25, 2013 - submitted by Fabian, Germany

    Q. Hey, I was listening to Zane Lowe's first play of Christmas Lights and he was describing a "pink, origami-like" packaging. Chris said, that they made only 100 of them. Can I see a photo of that awesome artwork?

    The Oracle replies:

    Here is what it looks like inside but outside it was just plain pink envelope style. I have seen one but don’t actually own one myself.


    June 24, 2013 - submitted by Ben, United Kingdom

    Q. My friend and I were at the Under 1 Roof gig in December 2011 (superb night it was too) and we're having a disagreement over Alan Partridge which I'm hoping you can settle. He is saying that Alan interrupting Coldplay during Christmas Lights wasn't planned and was very rude. And as a lifelong Alan Partridge fan (and possessing common sense) I'm saying it was obviously planned and was part of the joke. Please tell me I'm right so I can shut him up once and for all. Thanks Ben

    The Oracle replies:

    You're both right in a way. Steve Coogan aka Alan was due to interrupt the song yes, but not as early as he did. It wasn't his fault though, someone in the crew had told him the wrong time to go on and so it cut the song shorter than expected.


    June 24, 2013 - submitted by Daire, Ireland

    Q. There were no Irish concerts on the last tour, not going to lie but I'm kinda disappointed. Didn't 'Coldplay' play their first gig in Ireland at Dublin Castle?

    The Oracle replies:

    Although the band didn't manage to include Ireland on the full tour schedule, they did perform at Oxegen Festival there in July 2011. One of their first gigs as Coldplay was at the Dublin Castle, but not the one in Ireland. It was the less than 200 capacity pub in Camden of the same name.


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