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June 17, 2014 / submitted by Gabby, United States of America
Q.  Hey O,
Before they sang Oceans at Glasgow Chris said something. I heard this is for all the people who lost their art at Glasgow? Could you explain what he said? Thanks!!

The day before Coldplay performed at Radio 1's Big Weekend (23 May), a fire at the Glasgow School of Art destroyed part of the Mackintosh building.
Firefighters managed to salvage about 70% of the contents but many students lost a lot of work.



June 11, 2014 / submitted by D, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle
Do the band mind if we take pics of them at concerts? May seem a silly question but I am due to see them live and know how I would feel if someone took my pic without permission!! ;/ Thanks!

As long as you're not using a camera that has a detachable lens - i.e. a professional one - you are more than welcome to take photos. That is why we encourage you to upload your photos to our Live section.


June 3, 2014 / submitted by Pham, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello! I understand that Coldplay will perform at BBC 1 Radio Weekend, do you know whether it will be broadcast on Television or Radio?

Thanks Oracle!

As you probably know - given it's been and gone - it was broadcast. If you missed it, or wish to watch it again, you can watch highlights via the BBC's red button.


April 22, 2014 / submitted by Kiki, United States of America
Q.  Oracle, Have the tickets for Coldplay's NYC tour on May 5th gone up on sale yet?

In the news piece that announced the live dates last week, Anchorman explained that "Ticket information for the remaining five shows will be emailed exclusively to subscribers to the Coldplay mailing list".

If you have signed-up, just sit tight and wait for the email.



April 8, 2014 / submitted by Jonathan G, Germany
Q.  While I was watching the latest performance of Colplay where they're playing Magic at Sport Relief 2014 I noticed that Jonny first of all plays the piano (which is great I think!) and then he switches to his guitar - but the piano sounds are still there. Do they use a pedal for that? Is most of their instrumental music played live at all, since they have so many different layers of sounds in their songs - especially in the ones from Mylo Xyloto and Ghost stories:

Thank you and greetings from Germany! :)

I've touched on this subject before but it's important to differentiate between not playing live and miming. Their performances are all real and are not mimed. Everything you see is happening in the moment but there are obviously musical parts that are replicated as it would be impossible to play every sound as you say. Another example is the strings in Viva. Keyboards and MIDI systems are equipped to play these parts at live shows.
FYI I mentioned MIDI last week when listing Roadie #42's roles. It stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.



April 2, 2014 / submitted by John, United Kingdom
Q.  Thought you might be interested to see what happened when you left Madrid.

Thanks for that. I'm sure all those fans that ask about setting up shows will find it a fascinating read.


March 13, 2014 / submitted by Kyra, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Can you please tell me the full setlist of the show in Austin?

Despite the hand-written setlist that appeared on the band's twitter page, there was a last minute change; Fix You was added.
The setlist was:
Always In My Head
Charlie Brown
Paradise
Magic
Clocks
Another's Arms
Viva La Vida
Atlas
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Fix You

encore:
Midnight

I can't talk about SXSW without mentioning the tragedy that occurred outside Mohawk. I just want to send my condolences to the families of those that died at the scene of a car crash. My thoughts are with the injured and I'm hoping my friends are all safe too.



March 13, 2014 / submitted by Liam, United States of America
Q.  Last night's show was brilliant. Just awesome. My question is: how does being late (for whatever reason) on stage affect the band's performance? For instance, did they have to cut songs out of the show or did Apple let them play the whole set regardless? As a musician I can imagine how it might be more stressful in that situation, but Chris and the guys are so used to playing huge gigs does it not matter anymore? I for one thought it was brilliant!

Thank you!
Liam

ps. I understand if you can't disclose this, but... what WAS the hold-up backstage?

I have no idea what the hold up was but unless there is a venue curfew - meaning the band have to be off by a certain time - there is no impact on the show. In this case the set wasn't cut short, in fact a song was added - see next question.


March 13, 2014 / submitted by Paige, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I'm sure you are probably being bombarded with questions at the moment; sorry to add to the list!
Sadly, I couldn't watch the stream live (School kinda gets in the way...) but I was wondering if there is anywhere else you can watch the full stream again? I've seen snipits but I really want to see the whole thing.
Thankyou so much Oracle, I'm dying to see it!

No need to apologize. You can watch it here.



March 12, 2014 / submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q.  Hello there Oracle,

I bet you'll be getting this question a lot in the next few days: I just finished watching Coldplay perform for the iTunes Festival. When they finished with Midnight, was Guy... playing the lasers? Or perhaps he did not have a musical part and so decided to add to the theatrics of the show?

Thank you much.

That wasn't simply a case of great timed choreography; the lasers were Guy's musical part. You could see how the lasers and Guy's movements were in synch perfectly.
I predicted last night to Anchorman that it would be today's most asked question. It was - with another that I will get around to answering - and you were the first to ask it, sir.
If you saw Phil's tweet yesterday about "new toys", here is what that is.



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