8 November 2012 / submitted by Jeremy, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I saw a tracklist for Live 2012 from the official announcement on this very website, and I have to say, it's rather disappointing. Not that the songs are bad, but where's The Scientist, Politik, Shiver, and Lost!? Why can't Violet Hill be available on the DVD. I did pre-order a copy, but I just was curious.
Thanks, Jeremy
The DVD is made up of the majority of the show but not every song performed was included. Violet Hill is on the DVD though - but just not on the CD.
Lost! or Shiver weren't on the MX Tour set list. Neither was Politik at all actually. Some songs were only played a handful of times and that's why they were omitted.
The Scientist was in the set & as far as I know is included as a bonus track as is Don't Let It Break Your Heart.

8 November 2012 / submitted by Kristin, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle!

I'm so excited that I can go see the live film, since I'm studying in London, but that night I'm supposed to go see Les Mis. Will the film only be played once that night? And if it is would skipping Les Mis be a bad choice?
Love Kristin
The film is for one night only. Les Miserables is one of my all time favourite musicals - there's a new film of that coming out soon (I cannot wait).
Although you could always go to see Les Mis again on another night, I definitely wouldn't if I was going to lose the money paid for the tickets. If you find someone to go in your place, that wouldn't be as bad.
I have to say though, the film will be out on DVD a few days later so don't worry too much about not getting to the cinema. It'd be ace if you can but not the end of the world.

8 November 2012 / submitted by Ben, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
At the end of the Paradise video when the Chris elephant meets the rest of the 'elephant band' in the savannah, is it actually the band members in the costumes or just actors?

Thanks! :)
Yes, it really was the whole band involved in being the elephant band. That was a long, hot day!

7 November 2012 / submitted by Con, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I was wondering, as the Melbourne concert (13.11.12) is at the very end of the Mylo Xyloto tour, if there was any chance we'd hear any Christmas Lights or the like? I mean it would be just about the closest the tour gets to Christmas time.

People have told me it's too early for Christmas music - but is it ever truly too early for Christmas?

Is it ever too early for Christmas? In my book, anything before 24th December is too early. Ha ha.
Now the UK has had our last tradition before Christmas (5th November - Guy Fawkes night) we'll be hearing Christmas songs in-store any day now.
I have actually almost finished my Christmas shopping though and am more than happy to start drinking mulled wine.
Carols, trees, cards and decorations will all have to wait until the week before.
Anyway, Christmas Lights won't be making a November appearance. I'm pretty sure last December it only made it into two live shows' sets; Dingwalls and the Under 1 Roof charity gig.
*EDIT: Thanks Raphaele & Jasmin who inform me that Berlin also got to hear it last December.

7 November 2012 / submitted by Robert Busby, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it just me; (or are) Radiohead transforming into a Jazz act?
No that I've noticed, no. King Of Limbs was described in parts as dubstep - but that's not a form of jazz.

7 November 2012 / submitted by Michael, Ireland
Q.  Hi Oralce.
Yesterday Chris Evans announced on live radio that Coldplay would play on December 3rd in Glasgow, Manchester on the 4th and London on the 9th. Exactly the same dates as last year... Is it true or did he just, mistakenly, wake up in 2011?
I think he woke up in 2011. Those dates are indeed from last year and we're not repeating them.
Anchorman tweeted that the dates were incorrect. Sorry about that.

6 November 2012 / submitted by Andrew, United Kingdom
Q.  I've been searching through eBay to purchase the Charlie Brown and Hurts Like Heaven singles however I find it quite odd that they are selling in excess of 40 whereas older, possibly rarer, items can be found for half the price. Is there a particular reason for this?
Well Andrew, you're not strictly trying to purchase the singles as they weren't physically released as singles. The items you see are all promo cds and they are always more because they're not meant for public sale so are deemed as rare, collectible items.

6 November 2012 / submitted by Mark, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle
I've seen some of the previews of the MX film, and I'm disappointed with the crowd in Paris.
I always think Chris is frustrated with the crowds when he says 'make some noise' or 'is anyone out there?'.
At the two gigs I went to, M.E.N. last December and Ricoh in May, he most definitely knew we were there, and couldn't possibly make any more noise, even if we tried. So why were some of the British gigs not included.
I have to disagree Mark. I was at the Paris show and I assure you he's not saying either of those things because the crowd was quiet - they were anything but!
He actually said "is there anybody out there?" at every stadium gig after the first song (Hurts Like Heaven) before going into In My Place. It gets everyone going - not that anyone needs much encouragement.
I understand that everyone will have an opinion on where the DVD was filmed but as I say, I was at the Paris show and think it was a great choice (the majority of it was filmed there by the way, not its entirety).
I was also at the same M.E.N gig you mentioned and it was amazing. As that was December 2011, I think that would have been too soon into the tour for the crux of the DVD.

6 November 2012 / submitted by Safa, France
Q.  Hi Oracle !
So Tuesday the 13th of November, as we all know is the preview of Coldplay Live 2012. I just got my tickets and I was wondering if I had to bring my xylobands because I thought that perhaps "they will glow in the dark" for this very special event. Thank you very much :) xx Safa
Feel free to wear them but I'm afraid not; the only Xylobands that will be flashing on the 13th November will be the ones at the Melbourne show.
They're activated during the gig and even though it won't reach as far as France, their glowing in the dark will feature heavily in the film.

5 November 2012 / submitted by Lulu, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can you help me? I don't know whether I should see Coldplay Live at the movies. I really want to go but the one day it is screening is before I see Coldplay when they come. I want the concert to be a "surprise" in a way but I really want to see it at the movies! EEEKK help me!
I can see your dilemma.
The Live 2012 DVD is being previewed - as you know - for one night only in cinemas on 13th November.
The exact same film will be released on DVD on the 19th.
The band come to Australia 13th - 21st.

The only thing is, both are pretty much a once in a lifetime event.
If you go to a screening and the gig and watch the DVD, you're 3 out of 3 but you can always watch the DVD after the live show. It won't be the same as the gigantic cinema screen but I'd aim for 2 out of 3.
Yes, tempting as it is to see it on the big screen, I personally think I would wait to see it live.
That was a tough decision even for me and I've seen both!