44 oracle items tagged as live
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
Another's Arms
Viva La Vida
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Fix You


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!

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.

March 12, 2014 / submitted by Carol, Brazil
Q.  Dear Oracle, did you sleep last night?
It was such a great show! But now I need more! Any news?
have a nice day, kisses

I slept from 23.30 - 09.30 with a break at 02.50 - 04.10 for the show. It was indeed great. As you know, Anchorman is the bearer of all news so we shall have to wait for word from him - sorry!

March 11, 2014 / submitted by Zakk, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I was just curious, do you know, or are you at liberty to reveal if any songs from Ghost Stories will be appearing in the iTunes festival. Thank you!
Zakk, Biggest Fan.

Phil tweeted earlier that they were still working it out. We don't usually give such information away in advance so if you're unable to watch the live stream tonight, you will have to wait until after the show to find out.

March 10, 2014 / submitted by Regina, United States of America
Q.  Hi, Oracle... I'm super excited about Coldplay performing at the iTunes Festival, I submitted for a chance to win tickets and I've been refreshing my e-mail nonstop ever since, have the winners already been contacted? Or is there a chance that I might win?
Thank you very much, wise Oracle

The winners have been notified, Regina. Even though you weren't successful on this occasion, you are able to watch the performance live online.

December 5, 2013 / submitted by Charles , Canada
Q.  Did you ever have to interrupt a show because of an annoying fan?

If not, what was the weirdest fan demand you guys ever received?

Yes! Well, that sounds awful so I shall rephrase it. Chris & Jonny were performing at the Little Noises charity event. As Chris started playing The Scientist, a fan up on the balcony began tapping a tambourine out of time. It was very off putting so Chris paused and asked them to stop.

As it's a "yes" that makes the second question redundant. Phew.