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June 3, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Ireland
Q.  Dear O,
I recently saw Coldplay on The Graham Norton Show where Chris and Jonny were asked if they would be doing a world tour where they replied 'No' in unison! Is this true? Will Coldplay cease to be setting on a Ghost Stories tour? Please shed some light on this situation!
p.s I love the column!

Many thanks,

Grace

As you may have noticed, Coldplay have been performing at more intimate shows at smaller venues. I suppose that amounts to a tour of sorts but not on the scale of previous ones.
Chris & Jonny said on the Graham Norton Show that there will be no big world tour for this album and yes, that is true.
Here's where the band played / are playing:
25 April - E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
05 May - Beacon Theatre, New York, USA
19 May - Royce Hall, Los Angeles, USA
28 May - Casino de Paris, Paris, France
12 June - Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan
19 June - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
01 July - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

There have been other performances too but these are the official tour dates as they stand.



May 29, 2014 / submitted by Karim, United Kingdom
Q.  Why the set used to the TV Special is too expensive? It seems simply a round stage...

It wasn't "simply a round stage"; it was recorded in a custom-built amphitheatre.
As they performed in the round, they also were able to incorporate 360-degree projections.



May 29, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I just found a video of Midnight, live at the Alcaline concert. I love it. Can you give me the playlist of that concert?

Love Coldplay and thank you for your time.
Isabelle

I was very confused by this as I didn't know where Alcaline was. I realise you're actually referring to the TV special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories that you presumably watched on Alcaline. It's got nothing to do with Alcaline by the way.
The set list was:

Always In My Head
Magic
Clocks
(Ink)
True Love
(Midnight)
Viva La Vida
Another's Arms
Oceans
A Sky Full Of Stars
(Fly On / O)
Paradise



May 28, 2014 / submitted by Stephen, United States of America
Q.  I love the stage set from the Ghost Stories TV special. Who designed it, and will it be going on the road with the band?

It was designed by Phil, Paul Normandie and Misty Buckley.
It hasn't been (& won't be) on the road with the band; it's actually too expensive to do.



May 14, 2014 / submitted by Nicholas, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Why isn't there a song named after the album Ghost Stories like the rest of the past albums by Coldplay?

Thank you

There is no law saying an album must contain a song bearing its name but... in this case my friend, there actually is a track called Ghost Story. You just haven't heard it yet ;-)


May 13, 2014 / submitted by Kristin , United States of America
Q.  Dear Orcale,
Who sings the very last bit of O? And why is there a long pause inbetween?

Love Kristin

P.s. Love love love the new album!

The pause after O is leading into a sort of secret track and those vocals are actually Chris' daughter, Apple and her friend Mabel.


May 13, 2014 / submitted by Valeria, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle:

I heard today the full Ghost Stories album and it's amazing!!
I was wondering which was the "secret" song played in the concerts (the one that the band asked the crowd not to record or upload to YouTube) ?
Thanks

It was two different songs but they weren't secret; it was to avoid bootleg versions turning up online.

The iTunes Festival premiered a few of the new album's tracks but any that weren't played there, were kept under wraps as much as possible. The first one to be performed with the request not to record was A Sky Full Of Stars and the second, that I mentioned in an answer last week, was True Love.



May 1, 2014 / submitted by Raquel, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I listened to iTunes festival. Do you know the name of the first song that Coldplay played? It's really amazing I been starting over and over in order to hear it again.
Thanks and best regards

It's the opening track of Ghost Stories - Always in My Head.


April 29, 2014 / submitted by Aji, Indonesia
Q.  What do you think about A Sky Full of Stars? From what I heard It sounds really awesome, it sounds a lot like EDM and it's produced by Avicii. Is this your favorite song out of Ghost Stories album? Or maybe there's another song that's better than ASFOS?
Also due to the fact that True Love produced by Timbaland, do you think it sounds a bit like Hip hop or R&B or not both? Thanks :)

I prefer the word collaboration here because the tracks you mention aren't cut & dried produced by Avicii or Timbaland.
I think I'm right in saying Timbaland contributed to True Love but didn't co-produce it. It's actually one of my favourite songs on the album & as much as I love Timbaland, it is nothing like what you'd expect from his involvement. Unlike ASFOS which leaves us in no doubt; it practically screams 'AVICII'!
I love EDM but this album's subtlety is too sublime to resist. Oceans, O, Midnight, Magic, True Love... I can't decide between them.
I'm not ignoring Always In My Head, Ink, Another's Arms by the way - it's just I'd annoy myself if I don't choose.
Less than 3 weeks to go. Exciting.



April 23, 2014 / submitted by Gaston, Argentina
Q.  Why are they called Ghost Stories shows?

I mean, is the concert based only in the songs of the album or is a normal Coldplay show but with new songs?

All tours - whether small ones or world ones - have a name of sorts. It's usually the name of or from whatever the current album is.
These live dates are surrounding the release of Ghost Stories hence its name but, as far as I know, it's not going to be a show consisting solely of the album tracks.



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