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16 September 2014 - submitted by Maribel Dionisio, United States of America

Q.  Hey Oracle!
So I have currently downloaded the Origami Star because, well, I obviously wanted to try it out and I got stuck on Step 7. I need help! I feel like a complete idiot for not being able to understand it. I love Coldplay, and in my opinion, they're the best band ever. Anyways, have a wonderful day or evening Oracle!
-Yours Truly,
A Teen.

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16 September 2014 - submitted by Tricia, Philippines

Q.  Hello O,
Mabuhay!
Just curious, during tours or in between recordings, do our boys hang out in a single room and watch a particular TV show or something?
What are they collectively interested in other than the music they create together?

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16 September 2014 - submitted by Faye, Australia

Q.  Hi friend,
Even though Chris is the only band member in the True Love video were the other band members required at the video shot, possibly to make any decisions or make sure they are happy as a whole band with what was happening?

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Ellie, United Kingdom

Q.  I was wondering what your favourite Coldplay video is?
And whether there's a video in particular the band enjoyed filming the most?

X

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Kira, Australia

Q.  Do any of the guys have social media?

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15 September 2014 - submitted by Jonny, Germany

Q.  Hey there!
Are there other band members than Chris in the True Love Video?
Thanks!

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12 September 2014 - submitted by Benny, United States of America

Q.  How can I help my older brother stop smoking? He has been smoking for about 3 years and does it moderately at home. I've told my parents and they have tried to make him stop but since he is in his twenties they can't make him do anything. I find lighters and stuff when I go into his room, but I'm too scared to do anything or confront him about it. And whenever I see those commercials with lung cancer patients...
I just want to help him.
Thanks.

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12 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE? As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply. ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 18 September.

I have been through a lot of depressing stuff lately, a lot has been going wrong in my life. I don't know who I am anymore, and my personality has changed for the worse. I've been really depressed. My school life is terrible, my grades are going downhill rapidly, and I don't get on with my family, I'm the odd one out. All my friends have said they hate me now, after a false rumor was spread about me. I only ever let my feelings out in my writing and drawing, as well as when I play my guitar. I love all of Coldplay's songs, they really express how I feel a lot of the time. You see, I had a boyfriend, secretly, but my parents found out about it and are preventing me from seeing him again. I didn't get to say goodbye, or even explain why I'm not talking to him, it was all so sudden. I'm scared of what he thinks of me, but I couldn't help it. I miss him a lot in my life, he was the only person who understood me. Do you have any encouraging thoughts for me? Thank you.
Aubrey, Australia.


Look forward to reading your replies.
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11 September 2014 - submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands

Q.  Hello Oracle,

I just found this video of a concert in Australia. What does Chris say at 40:18? I'd love to know that.

Isabelle, Netherlands.

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11 September 2014 - submitted by Hans, Germany

Q.  Is there a friendship between the Coldplay boys and the band members from Keane?
I read that Chris was a roomate of a Keane member in the college.

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11 September 2014 - submitted by Liam, Canada

Q.  Hey Mr. Oracle, I was just wondering. Due to his heavy involvement (6 of 10 tracks on VLV, 10 of 14 tracks on MX, and 1 track on GS) on the more recent LPs, would I be correct in saying Davide Rossi is an unofficial member of the band?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Jordan, United States of America

Q.  Was that Chris in the green shirt sitting next to Apple Designer Jony Ive at the Apple Watch Event?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Maedeh, Iran

Q.  You said Roadie #42 is in ASFOS video but I've never seen him so I can't recognize him. Would you help me find him in the video?

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10 September 2014 - submitted by Harry, United Kingdom

Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do the band ever play songs differently than on the record when on tour? For example would Chris or Jonny ever revise chords or a riff to make them simpler/easier to play in front of such big audiences? Or are they always played the exact record way? I'm very keen to know.

Diolch! Harry

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Agnes, Australia

Q.  Hi there! Where can I but the B-Sides to all of Coldplay's albums? I've heard quite a few of them and I think some of them are even better than their singles etc... PLEASE TELL ME!!

Agnes xxx

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Carlos, Ecuador

Q.  Coldplay has a song to tell someone that you miss her and his name?

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9 September 2014 - submitted by Katherine , United Kingdom

Q.  Hi Oracle,
This is the first time I am writing to you but I am so awaiting your response. I am studying music and I always look'' beyond'' songs, videos meaning ''how it is made''. I have question regarding video A Sky Full of Stars that I love btw. In the minute 1:13 Chris is joining the rest of the band, then they play together, after that he walks away and the rest of the band left behind turns their left, then in the minute 2:40 they meet again but Jonny, Guy and Will come from Chris'... RIGHT. In my opinion this is the mistake in video making. You may hate me for that but although I love the video that outside scenery does not match studio recording that can he hear in the song but car's honks and people screaming gives us great impression that the music is actually played! My love to all the band! Ps. I regret I did not manage to purchase ticket for Royal Albert Hall as the photos are marvelous.

Regards

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Millie, United Kingdom

Q.  Hey Oracle,
I was just curious on who decides what songs are to be released as singles?
Thanks!
:)

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Heather, United Kingdom

Q.  Hello Oracle! Nowadays everybody seems to have a smart phone. People seem attached at the hip to technology. Do you think that it is tragic that humans are now watching concerts through their cellphones and should be living in the moment, or do you think capturing the moment is special? Thanks!

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8 September 2014 - submitted by Ryan, United Kingdom

Q.  Almighty Oracle !

I was looking to get into playing bass & was wondering what is Guy's preferred bass ? I was sifting through posts but couldn't find anything so help would be appreciated greatly.

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5 September 2014 - submitted by Tatiana, Indonesia

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #183
Is anything possible?

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5 September 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 11 September.

How can I help my older brother stop smoking? He has been smoking for about 3 years and does it moderately at home. I've told my parents and they have tried to make him stop but since he is in his twenties they can't make him do anything. I find lighters and stuff when I go into his room, but I'm too scared to do anything or confront him about it. And whenever I see those commercials with lung cancer patients... I just want to help him. Thanks. Benny, USA.

Look forward to reading your replies.

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4 September 2014 - submitted by Rie, Japan

Q.  Dear Oracle,

I got a copy of Roadie's book a couple of days ago at last! :-) I was looking forward to see some photos Guy had taken. There are some people who contributed to the photo section in the book in addition to Guy and I don't know which photos he took. Could you please give me a clue?

I think I may have seen photos he took but just don't know they were taken by him. I am trying hard to imagine how he would capture what he sees through the lense if I were him.

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4 September 2014 - submitted by Steven, United States of America

Q.  Hello Oracle,

I'm curious if J orders his guitars custom, buys them in random shops, or perhaps a mixture of both?

Thanks!

PS - Love the video for magic.

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4 September 2014 - submitted by Jeroen, Belgium

Q.  How did Jonny get his hands on his Boss DD-5 Digital Delay pedals? Because apparently you can't buy them anymore?

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3 September 2014 - submitted by Sam, Australia

Q.  Hi Oracle,
I've been loving Coldplay's performances of the new songs from Ghost Stories, but I wanted to know what guitars and amps Jonny is using, as they look really different to what he used for the last few albums.

Thanks

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3 September 2014 - submitted by Steven, United States of America

Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the grey Fender Stratocaster Mr. Buckland has been playing for GS a new guitar or and old one he had lying around and has decided to use for this album's shows? (It looks rather worn). Thanks!

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3 September 2014 - submitted by Jorge, Australia

Q.  Oh wise Oracle, could you please ask Matt McGinn what is Jonny Buckland's favourite guitar effect?

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2 September 2014 - submitted by Lea, Germany

Q.  Hey all-knowing Oracle!
Once you said that Jonny's favourite guitar is named Sunny. I heard that one of his favourite ones is a Fender Telecaster Thinline, so I was wondering if Sunny is a Fender Telecaster Thinline?
Thanks, Lea :)

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2 September 2014 - submitted by Benny, United States of America

Q.  O knowledgable Oracle,
What kind of guitar did Johnny use during the MX tour, and I mean the one that had the graffiti like the other instruments. I felt like it was a stratocaster but I wasn't sure what kind. And also, who did the atwork for the bands instruments?

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2 September 2014 - submitted by Angus, Australia

Q.  Hi, Oracle!
I'm trying to emulate the overdrive that Jonny used on X&Y. Could you point me in the right direction in terms of pedals and presets?

Hope you're well!
Angus

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1 September 2014 - submitted by Newman, Canada

Q.  Hey Oracle,

Just wondering if you could fill me in on Jonny's amp settings. He's the best. And so are you!

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1 September 2014 - submitted by Joao Vitor Felicio, Canada

Q.  Hey oracle, just wondering if Johnny ever uses a Fender Twin Reverb, or is it safe to say he sticks to his Devilles?

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1 September 2014 - submitted by Joao , Canada

Q.  Just wondering what string gauge/tuning is used for Charlie Brown. It sounds very jangly. I like it!

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29 August 2014 - submitted by Maria, Venezuela

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #182
What would you do if someone cheated on you? On one hand I think it would be
childish to take revenge, but on the other it would be impossible not to want to.
Einstein said that the intelligent people are the ones who ignore, but how could you ignore that?

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29 August 2014 - submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.

This week I have chosen a question referring to the True Love video's postscript.

ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 4 September.

Is anything possible?
Tatiana, Indonesia.


Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.

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29 August 2014 - submitted by Heather, United Kingdom

Q.  Hello wise Oracle! So there is this guy (please don't scoff). I was really really really close with this guy at some point. Everyday I would unwind by telling him my feelings and secrets and just everything. Mind you that I am a deeply unhappy person. This person abandoned me and stopped talking to me. I confronted him and asked why and he said he didn't know. Sometimes I feel like it was my fault because I was always talking about negative stuff instead of positive stuff. I've always been a serious person. I was in so much pain when he stopped talking to me. (EDITED) My heart aches everyday and I just don't know what to do. I want to move on but I can't. Please help.

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28 August 2014 - submitted by Lucas, France

Q.  Hi
Before the True Love video got released, there was a rumor that the famous choregrapher Blanca Li was going to be involved. Was that indeed the case? Thanks!

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28 August 2014 - submitted by Sandy, United Kingdom

Q.  Where was the True Love video filmed?

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28 August 2014 - submitted by Kira, Australia

Q.  Is it wrong to lead a boy on if you don't feel any sparks there, to spare hurting his feelings?

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28 August 2014 - submitted by Mary , United States of America

Q.  Hi O,
Is Roadie#42 going to follow me tonight? I hope so!
S,D.

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27 August 2014 - submitted by Joelle, Syria

Q.  Hey Oracle so I just watched True Love's music video and I want to know the name of the girl.
Thanks xx

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27 August 2014 - submitted by Noely, Argentina

Q.  Hi Oracle!
When True Love will be released as single? Or it was released on August 18?
Thanks.

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27 August 2014 - submitted by Arthur, United States of America

Q.  Hello Oracle! I am not sure if you already have answered this question but it would be heavily appreciated! Thanks.
On a occasion has Chris or any band member in that case have had to miss or cancel a show because they were too sick?

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26 August 2014 - submitted by Valentine, France

Q.  Hello Oracle !
I have watched the music video for A Sky Full Of Stars and let me just say - it is amazing! I love how humble and simple it is, and I also love Chris' smile through the whole thing :)
My question is, though, I noticed he had an iPad attached to his leg, was that any use at all ?
Thanks for answering !
Valou.

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26 August 2014 - submitted by Stephanie , Canada

Q.  Hello Oracle,

I stumbled upon a Life In Technicolor ii 7 inch vinyl and was wondering if it was an official release or if it must be a bootleg copy?

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25 August 2014 - submitted by Catherine, United States of America

Q.  Who were the ballet dancers in the True Love video? I am a ballet dancer myself so am very curious and envious! Thank you Oracle!

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25 August 2014 - submitted by Faye, Australia

Q.  Hi friend,
I just saw Chris do the ice bucket challenge, who's he with? She said she's a fashion designer.

By the way, it was my favourite ice bucket challenge! (I'm not bias at all ;-) )

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25 August 2014 - submitted by Faheem, United Kingdom

Q.  How did Coldplay play two New Years Eve shows on the same night one in Abu Dhabi and one in Austin TX?

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22 August 2014 - submitted by Miranda, Australia

Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #181
Currently in tears, I came out of a 9 year relationship a year ago where the other person thought it was good to purposely hurt me for their own gratification.
It took over a year to get over this.
I have since met someone who is really nice and an inspiration. We are in a no commitment relationship, but when he says that he is going to come over he does not.
Should I continue with this?
I have known him for over 2 years and liked him from the first time I met him. If you say you're going to come over then do so. I am a pretty simple easy going person and my mum calls me a big softy cause all I do is help people. Should I continue with this no commitment relationship, even though I have deep feelings for this person now, or should I just push everything down toughen up and get on with life?

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