119 oracle items tagged as chris
February 17, 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi, How are you?

I was reading that Win Butler of Arcade Fire said that Chris was a DJ at their gig in Camden. Is it true? If so did anyone realise he was there as I remember even in costumes he has been recognised like when filming the Paradise video. I'd guess Chris is a big fan of Arcade Fire.

I did think it weird that someone recognized Chris in his elephant costume and thought they'd maybe asked, or heard the track because I can't think how else they'd know - unless it was a sixth sense.
Chris is a fan of Arcade Fire and was at the band's show. He'd been spotted at the gig but when he donned a skeleton mask to DJ, he was fairly anonymous. Win Butler obviously revealed who it was a few days later.

February 10, 2014 / submitted by Feike, Netherlands
Q.  I have a question about the lamp in the Fix You video. What kind of lamp/light hangs above the stage when Chris grabs the rope and starts swinging it? The lamp is also seen in the live version of Fix You on the Glastonbury festival in 2005.
I`m asking this because I'm thinking about getting a tattoo of the lamp with some lyrics underneath it.

When Chris had the idea for a swinging light bulb, it wasn't actually going to be used for Fix You but a different song. I'm sorry I can't remember which now, even though I was at the rehearsals when it was introduced.
It literally did start off as a light bulb. It's not a special lamp or one where I can direct you to a similar one. I'm afraid it's going to be a case of looking at the video and freeze framing any shots of it.

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?

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.

February 10, 2014 / submitted by George, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle, I found a funny bit of info, and I'd like to know what you think of it. I saw a video of a show back in 2011, where Kanye West, Jay Z, and Chris Martin were singing Homecoming. Near the end, Chris forgets some lyrics... was it because he hadn't done the song since 2007, or because he simply says, "I'm a little drunk".

That show was from 31 December, 2010 - New Year's Eve. Chris had therefore had a drink but he wasn't drunk.

February 6, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I have a personal question that I hope you can answer.

I came across a video of the bands live performance at the Big Day Out Festival in 2001 and before playing the song Sparks, Chris says this is for the couples and then says he has a girlfriend and points and says "you see Margaret there in the hat right? She's wicked and this song is for her." So what I want to know is if the song Sparks was written for her.

No. Sparks was written well before then.

January 30, 2014 / submitted by Matias, Argentina
Q.  I just saw a picture in which Chris kisses Jonny. Is it real?

That photo is from when Coldplay performed at the Hollywood Bowl, 2003. Someone (with too much time on their hands perhaps) has made it look like a longer kiss by editing the speed.

January 28, 2014 / submitted by George, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle, I just saw a video of Coldplay playing Animals Live. I noticed Chris didn't have any shoes on??? What's that about?

I chose this question for the simple reason that it amazes me how two people from different parts of the world can send in a question around the same time that both feature questions about videos that lead me to reply with clips from the same Big Day Out performance. How mad is that?!?
You see, the question I previously answered about me seeing another live video of Sparks with Guy sitting down was this. It also shows Chris with no shoes on.
If you were watching Animals live, I'm thinking it may have been like this video from the same day.
Spooky eh?

Anyway, that means the answer to this question is: it was hot there back in 2001.

January 23, 2014 / submitted by Chris, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle! What happened in the ending of this video? Thanks!

Many musicians use click tracks to help keep time and synchronize - especially at live shows. Much like a metronome they click - hence the name - and give precise indications. In the video, Chris has come in too early so he & Will discuss how many clicks it is before his cue to sing/play.

January 16, 2014 / submitted by Aranzazu, Chile
Q.  Dear Oracley, last weekend me and my friends watched Coldplay Live 2012 (which btw is amazing), but for some kind of reason none of us could understand (or even translate) what Chris says at the end of the film. The only thing that we could figure out it was something about chocolate. Could you help us? It seems that Chris' super-british accent took us by surprise!

I can indeed help. Chris says:
"I'm going to celebrate the end of this video with a Cadbury's Button. Do they exist in the future? I dunno, me watching back this video outtakes, are you still eating buttons in the year 2032? Or have they come up with some new kind of new space food chocolate thing which you just inject through your nostril? Without the calories but with all the taste and flavour of that crunchy Button you're about to hear now (we then hear him bite the chocolate). Cheers. (he laughs).

January 7, 2014 / submitted by Raj , Canada
Q.  Hi all-knowing Oracle,
A question about the Paradise video. Why does Chris Martin in the middle of Africa riding a unicycle come out of character and take his elephant head off?
Take care,
RK from Canada.

Because it was blooming boiling hot in that suit - especially in the heat of the weather! I think the real question is why it was included in the video. There were discussions about keeping Chris' identity anonymous but there was also the feeling that perhaps people wouldn't believe it was really Chris unless they saw him so the decision was made to keep that reveal in the video.