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    Coldplay's Oracle on The Escapist, Yellow intro (2003) and the next big thing...

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


    August 1, 2013 - submitted by Mahnoor, Pakistan

    Q. Dear Oracle, I saw a GIF yesterday,which showed Coldplay crying and they were wearing their Mylo Xyloto clothes.Could you tell me whether that was real and if it was,why were they crying? Thank you, and Happy Birthday Will

    The Oracle replies:

    The picture is real but without the context you would get the wrong idea. They're not crying - they are pretending to cry. That photo is from an episode of Saturday Night Live where everyone during a skit (comedy sketch) is crying at Adele's Someone Like You.



    August 1, 2013 - submitted by Omar, Colombia

    Q. Hi dear Oracle! Recently, I saw The Simpsons episode Million Dollar Baby from the 21st season, where our beloved band made an appearance. In the episode, homer wins $1,000,000 in the lottery, but, because of the taxes he had to pay to the government, they left him with $685,443.22 on his pocket. With that money, he bought stuff for his family like a washer machine for Marge, a huge star projector for Lisa and a trip on airplane to experience zero gravity with Bart, etc. One of the things he paid for was for a private Coldplay concert. So, my question is, all that have been said, How much does a private Coldplay concert cost? I want to know cause I'm turning 22 next week. I'm willing to pay the airplane tickets and the hotel suites. (At least we know is less than $700,000). PS: Please, tell Chris, Jonny and Guy that they have to come back to Colombia and Happy Birthday to Will! A huge hug for You and the guys. Best Wishes from Bogota, Colombia!!!

    The Oracle replies:

    The Simpsons episode hasn't got any truth to it whatsoever I'm afraid. Despite whatever costs Homer shelled out and what was left, that doesn't mean in reality that it would be under $700,000 to hire the band; there is no price as the band are not for hire. By the way, I think any band would need more than a week's notice to pull together a show. I was going to suggest that you look for a Coldplay tribute band but it really might be too late for a booking.


    July 31, 2013 - submitted by Stefan, Austria

    Q. Dear Oracle, Can you please tell me more about the remix at the end of this video? Who made it? is it available for download? I can't get it out of my head! Thanks.

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not a remix; it's The Scientist playing backwards.


    July 31, 2013 - submitted by Vero, Argentina

    Q. Hi Oracle! I was watching an old interview with Chris and Jonny (from 2005, I think) and I was surprised when Chris mentioned that Jonny is an astronomer. Is this true or was he joking? Thank you for your time! V

    The Oracle replies:

    Jonny did indeed study astronomy (& maths) at UCL.


    July 30, 2013 - submitted by Karen GW, Mexico

    Q. Hi Oracle! Do you know what is Guy's favorite song to play? why?

    The Oracle replies:

    On the last tour one of Guy's favourite songs to play was Charlie Brown. It was the anticipation of the wristbands - knowing they were about to start flashing.


    July 30, 2013 - submitted by Raquel, United States of America

    Q. What's the next big thing, oh great Oracle?

    The Oracle replies:

    I hate the fact there's a name for this given there are cabaret clubs etc. that offer the same but I have a feeling it's going to be destination restaurants a.k.a Destaurants. Destaurants plan to keep the customer in one destination all night by providing a dining experience & entertainment.


    July 30, 2013 - submitted by Eliza, United States of America

    Q. Okay this question probably has a real obvious answer but where can I view the art that was in the Exhibition Room? I thought it would be on the hypnofeed. How do I find all the other awesome stuff? Mahalo!

    The Oracle replies:

    It's in the ARCHIVE section of the site here.


    July 29, 2013 - submitted by Jorge, Peru

    Q. Hello Oracle, I've been a Coldplayer since I was 8 but there's a little problem, I've never known what was the name of this intro (if it has) that the band used during their AROBTTH tours for Yellow is? (0:00 - 0:55)

    The Oracle replies:

    It hasn't got a name and it is exactly what you said; an intro. It was an extended intro for the AROBTTH tour but still part of the song rather than a separately named entity. There isn't an official studio recorded version (single, album etc.) but obviously it is available on Live 2003.


    July 29, 2013 - submitted by Iris, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! I was wondering if the hidden track The Escapist (one of my favorites by my favorite band!) was inspired by the Jon Hopkins song, Light Through the Veins? If not, where did Coldplay find the inspiration to create the track? Thanks in advance, Iris.

    The Oracle replies:

    It sounds like you may not know that The Escapist was written by Jon and Chris back in 2007. The original version was longer but they trimmed it down for the album.


    July 29, 2013 - submitted by Jackson, United States of America

    Q. Hello, Oracle. I have a very serious problem. I was talking with a very close friend of mine, and she began sharing one of her ideas for a book she wants to write (we are both writers). I was trying to criticize her idea, but it turned into insulting the idea unintentionally. She is currently mad at me, and I really want to apologize, but I don't know the best way to do so without high risk of injury. I wrote a letter of apology that I will give to her, but I really don't know how else to be sincere about it. I feel terrible. Is there anything else I can do? She's one of the best friends I've ever had, and I would like us to still be friends. Any advice would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

    The Oracle replies:

    Where you went wrong was to criticize instead of critique. Nobody like criticism unless it's constructive. Think how you'd feel if it was the other way around. Then think about how she could make it right. When you know what you'd need to hear, see if you can put that into words. Failing that just tell her what you told me. Send that letter!


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