February 5, 2013 - submitted by Billy, United States of America

Q. Greetings Oracle,
Has Coldplay ever played any of their songs that they recorded as demos? If not will they? I would love to hear some songs from the Viva la Vida demos live!

Thanks!


The Oracle replies:

Yes, they have. This is in no way meant to be a definitive guide but off the top of my head here are a few including their varying stages of demo life...
They played Vitamins and So Sad in the very early days - these songs were committed to tape only.
Ode to Deodorant was also performed yet remained as a demo.
In My Place was conceived & performed long before recording for AROBTTH actually started. It was of course eventually released officially but was a problematic song to get right due to how long it had been floating around in their live repertoire.
Murder and Animals were played live and although at first intended for AROBTTH, eventually became b-sides (there are a few examples of this, such as No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground).
Ladder to the Sun and Idiot didn't make the album or b-sides but were performed.
Sweet Marianne and Don Quixote/Spanish Rain also spring to mind as tracks played live but never recorded.
Chris has performed Bucket For A Crown & Wedding Bells too and neither of those have appeared anywhere officially.