Oracle
12 July 2012 / submitted by Hope, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle!

I was wondering - at the Etihad concert, I was up and waiting ready at roughly 8am and I met a man who I shan't expose, but he had with him the old Chris Martin puppet and he asked to take picture with both the puppets and the fans who were there in the morning. He said he was going to send them into Coldplay.com for a blog of some kind. I just wondered - has/will anything happen with these pictures? And are the puppets likely to make a return any time soon - if only in the way that the person they belong to continues to send in pictures? It'd be great to have them back! Or substitutes, even!

Thank you!
Hope, UK
Ha! You just did expose him! There's only one Chris Martin puppet and only one owner. He's lovely.
I think I have seen the photo actually but no, they're not being published - not via Coldplay.com anyway. The puppets have retired so it's best we leave them to enjoy their time off...



12 July 2012 / submitted by F Robinson, Peru
Q.  Dear O. My doubt is about Til' Kingdom Come, I've heard many times that it was written by Chris looking forward to play it with Johnny Cash, but he passed away and the band could never play it with him. Recently, I've heard people talking about it and some say it was originally written by Mr. Johnny Cash himself, even though I've never heard a Cash version. I would like me to get out of my doubt if you are so kind.
Spidey is making this song very popular with question askers...
It was written BY Coldplay FOR Johnny Cash to sing.



12 July 2012 / submitted by Justin, Canada
Q.  I just recently watched the film, The Amazing Spiderman and during the movie the song Til' Kingdom Come had appeared (really great song). Later that night my sister had sent me through E-Mail the schedule of the concert we are going to attend a couple of weeks and I noticed that it wasn't featured on it. Wouldn't it make sense for Coldplay to perform Til' Kingdom Come at concerts considering it was featured on a pretty popular and anticipating film. Thanks and I am really excited to attend the Coldplay concert in Toronto in a couple of weeks!

P.S: I know that you probably won't want to spoil this for me or anything, but will Coldplay perform the song Moving to Mars anywhere throughout the concert such as an encore or something? It's honestly an amazing song and is tied for my favorite Coldplay songs (along with A Rush of Blood to the Head and Shiver). Thanks!
Not really Justin, the film might be current but the song isn't so unless the band wanted to include it in the set, there's no other reason to.
They do sometimes swap a couple of songs around but as 'Til Kingdom Come was played loads on the Viva & Twisted Logic tours it's not necessarily going to make another appearance. I say "another" because it has been played during the MX Tour.

Regarding the p.s, that's less likely to make an appearance...



11 July 2012 / submitted by Stephen, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!!! I was recently watching Coldplay's performance of A Message 2010 for Hope For Haiti Now and really liked Chris's beanie. Do you know if there is anyway I can get one or at least one similar to the one he is wearing? Thanks!!!
How very spooky. I was just reading something about Hope For Haiti when your question popped up.
I just happen to know that there was a lot of hat action at the Hospital Club studio that day.
The stripey beanie that Chris was wearing for the Hope for Haiti recording may have been bought that very day from either American Apparel or Urban Outfitters. There is also a chance however that it may have been borrowed from Guy.
We can't be 100% certain as it was so busy.
Steve Alan definitely did a similar hat at one time or another but I can't imagine it's going to be that hard to find a striped beanie to be honest.



11 July 2012 / submitted by Tony, United States of America
Q.  Dear all-knowing Oracle,

About a year ago, I stumbled upon a Coldplay song named Harmless and to be quite honest, it has to be the best song I've ever heard. Sadly, the track ends abruptly and doesn't seem to have a real ending. My question is, was this track ever released on an actual album or single? And if it was, is there anyway I could get a hold of the entire track (ending included)? This has bothered me for quite some time and I figured, who better to ask than the Oracle. Thanks in advance. :D
Harmelss was written during the A Rush Of Blood To The Head sessions back at the end of 2001.
It didn't make it on to the album and wasn't selected for a b-side or anything either so the only version that remains is the demo that Chris recorded.
Let's just say that it was leaked on the Internet which is why there is only the one abrupt ending recording. You won't find it anywhere else.



10 July 2012 / submitted by Eve, France
Q.  Hi Oracle,

How many T-shirts and pants have the band for the shows?
When I see the pics during their MX tour, I noted that they wear the same clothes. And I don't think they have only 1 pant and T-shirt.
Thanks :)
The guys have a wardrobe flight case each with various changes of clothes and footwear. If you look back at Anchorman's live blogs, historically they often show a photo of the clothes. If you scroll down this one from the Emirates blog, you will see a picture of Chris' garments.



10 July 2012 / submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I was at the concert in Philly last night, July 5, and I just want to say that it was truly awe inspiring. It brought me the chills from the opening Hurts Like Heaven to the closing Every Teardrop. Being a young Coldplay fan, this was my first chance ever to see my favorite band live!

I just have a simple question. It seems amazing to me that the band can perform with as much enthusiasm and passion every night as they did yesterday. It felt like it was their first concert ever, they were having so much fun with it and with the fans! At one point Chris said, "No joke, we're going to give you guys the best concert we ever have right here tonight. I promise." Does he say that every night?

Thanks!!!
Well, I haven't heard Chris say that at the shows I've been at but here's a couple of things to ponder.
The band want every night they play to be the best and truly give it their all.
If you think about what he said, it would be feasible to say the statement could be true every night given that show would always be the most recent & last one performed.
I'm sure they maintain the level of "best" every night but that's quite a mouthful.



10 July 2012 / submitted by Vivek, Norway
Q.  I love this one, was it ever released, and what are your thoughts on this version ?
I like it! There have been quite a few acoustic performances of In My Place - mainly for radio show performances. None of are available on any official release which is a shame as I think it would have made a great b-side.



9 July 2012 / submitted by Jonathan, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle that never answers my questions
I've just seen The Amazing Spiderman and wanted to know if the band recorded a new song for the movie or if it is an old one.
Thanks and greetings from Germany.
'Til Kingdom Come was written and recorded back in 2005 and is the hidden track on the band's X&Y album. The version on the new Spiderman film is neither a new track nor a new recording.


9 July 2012 / submitted by Sally, United States of America
Q.  I heard on KROQ that someone is looking for classic cars to restore? I have a sweet 1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible that was partially restored by my dad a few years ago. It's in good condition, and would be a nice project for someone who loves old cars! I do not have time to care for her myself, for I am moving across country very soon (from Fullerton,CA to Springfield,MA).
Sally

You can find out more about the project here, as I'm not the middleman and don't really know much more than you.
If your car sounds like what Guy's looking for, feel free to email photos in - to the address given.




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