40 oracle items tagged as guy
September 8, 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.

I'm not au fait with Guy's current bass preferences but if you're just starting out, this may help. His first proper bass when the band were signed was a Rickenbacker 4001. You can see it in the Shiver video and it was used throughout the early touring days.
Another early one was a Fender Squier Precision bass (with sunburst finish) and he also had Guild SG-style that you can see in the In My Place video. It was never used during touring though.
During the Viva La Vida recording sessions he played a Jag bass.

July 29, 2014 / submitted by Maedeh, Iran
Q.  Hey there
My question is why did the band record Ghost Stories in Guy's home not in the bakery? Do they still own there?

The band still write & record at The Bakery (& Beehive) but not all the time.
Ghost Stories wasn't recorded at Guy's house; some parts were but not the whole album. Some of it was recorded in London, some in the U.S...

May 20, 2014 / submitted by David, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Have the band ever tried to switch roles? At a small gig or during a soundcheck or something... I think it'd be cool to see them switch roles for once.

Yes, they have done that a few times at soundchecks. I have photos of Will playing the Gibson Teardrop guitar and of Chris playing drums.
Live there has only really been Jonny and Guy playing instruments other than their own. Notably keys & more recently the reactable.

April 16, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  Hi Oracle
Why Guy sangs in Apparatjik taking lead vocals and in Coldplay don't? Why is too difficult for Guy to sing in Coldplay?

No, it's because he is the bass player and not the vocalist. Even though Will has taken lead vocals a couple of times and Jack White and Brendan Benson for example share lead vocal duties in The Raconteurs, it's not usual for anyone but the lead vocalist to sing lead vocals.

April 14, 2014 / submitted by Andy, Sweden
Q.  Hey, I've grown rather fond of Apparatjik which I know Guy is apart of. Do you know if they will be releasing a new album anytime soon?

P.s will Chris ever let Guy solo sing an/a part of a song?


Guy is busy with Coldplay right now - as far as I know there are no current release plans for Apparatjik.
It took years for Guy to feel confident with singing backing vocals - singing lead isn't something he necessarily wants to do - it's not a case of Chris "letting" him.

April 7, 2014 / submitted by Jenny, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I found this on wikiquotes for Guy: 'it's pretty amazing that no one died in that crash. It's not the best way to start a tour.' I have absolutely no idea what he's talking about, could you clarify please?

Don't worry, he wasn't talking about something the band were involved in. That's not to say there haven't been some scary moments on planes and in cars over the years.

April 2, 2014 / submitted by Craig, United Kingdom
Q.  I noticed in the final pics of a Live Blog, Guy handed his custom monitors to somebody. Do their roadies clean their ears and look after them for the next show?
Mine are like my prized possession. I wouldn't want to let them go.

You may think that but when you're touring relentlessly you would probably be very happy to give someone else the responsibility of keeping them safe or they would likely get lost in transit. Trust me, this is the best way.

March 6, 2014 / submitted by Jose, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle, could you tell me who produced the new album, Ghost Stories? I know that Jon Hopkins produced Midnight, but did he also produce the rest of the album? Thanks!

Ghost Stories was a collaborative effort. As you said, Jon produced Midnight, Rik Simpson & Dan Green were of course involved and Paul Epworth also worked on the album. Guy actually did a lot of the production this time round.

January 28, 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello!
My question is about this video (and others) of Sparks: Guy is sitting down. I've looked up a few videos of the song played live in that time era and Guy is always sitting cross-legged on staged. Is there a reason why? Although sitting down with a bass is slightly easier than standing up, I can't think of any reason why he would be sitting.
What's your opinion on this?
Big thank you!

Sparks is an acoustic song so I can't think of any reason why Guy would be standing either apart from it's "usual". I personally never saw Guy sit on the stage in those days.
I can only actually see two videos of Sparks from this time where Guy is sitting down. As both were in Australia, perhaps it was heat or jet lag?
The clip you sent was from Australian TV on a very small stage. The intimate setting lends itself to a cross-legged performance. The other one I found was the polar opposite. The Big Day Out was in front of a large crowd on a huge stage. It was a stifling hot day and they were under the sun.
Back then the focus was very much on the songs rather than the performance so curious as it may be, I'm afraid there's no story. Nice little video find though!

January 14, 2014 / submitted by Karen, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, sorry for wading in on this one but I agree with Teresa about Guy playing keyboards on Speed of Sound. In the shot at 0.59 he is facing in a different direction to Chris and you can see his guitar.
While I hate to disagree with the mighty Oracle and will take any punishment if I'm wrong but please just take another look 'cos it is driving me mad as well now!!

This is the final part of a Guy Speed of Sound video trilogy.
When you see the video's stage set-up, there are two keyboards. The one on the left is the main keyboard that Chris plays, the one in front of Guy to the right is a synth. If you've seen the band live, this is usual.
Three people wrote in to question my reply but if you re-read the question Teresa sent, you will see I am correct. The keyword was open and indeed the video does open with Chris on keys

Case closed.