February 10, 2014 - submitted by Deba, Germany

Q. Dear Oracle,

I read somewhere that Chris doesn't know how to read or write music. Isn't that a little risky when he is performing live and he suddenly forgets how to play a part of the song?


The Oracle replies:

Not at all risky. If he forgets, he forgets - bands don't play from sheet music anyway so it wouldn't really make any difference. It's rare to have those moments as the tours are planned and rehearsed in advance. There may be the odd fluffed lyric but if any last minute changes are made to the set list, the band use time at sound checks to practice.
That said, I have seen them start to play something random and off-piste that Chris will admit he has forgotten how to play. They'd either ditch it or get it ready for the next performance.