31 oracle items tagged as phil
April 18, 2012 / submitted by Meagan, United States of America
Q.  Does Phil tour with the band or does he only work with them in the studio?

Both. There may be the odd occasion when Phil's not on tour but generally he is. He's not always sat in every studio session either, but he'll be around and very much a part of it all.

April 16, 2012 / submitted by Lisa, United Kingdom
Q.  Since I read the question concerning the AROBTTH singles' cover art, I have been itching to ask if the album cover was Solve Sundsbo's portrait of Phil Harvey? Coldplay does have five official members and I was wondering if he was depicted on the album cover as Jonny, Will, Chris, and Guy were for the single artwork.

I hope your day is filled with joy!

Phil isn't depicted in any of the AROBTTH artwork - not singles or album.
Although we now call Phil the 5th member of the band, that wasn't the case when AROBTTH was released; he was then their manager before taking a hiatus from all things Coldplay.

January 30, 2012 / submitted by Karl, Lebanon
Q.  Dear Oracle who never answers my questions, on the demo cassette tape of Ode to Deodorant is written the number of Phil Harvey the fifth member of Coldplay since the demo was sent to promoters.
Does he still have the same number?

To be honest I didn't reply because I assumed that if you wanted a quick answer, you'd have just called the number?
No, Phil changed his number years ago. He sent it as he was their manager at the time.

February 15, 2011 / submitted by Billy, United States of America
Q.  Did Phil Harvey, the fifth member of Coldplay, post this picture in the exhibition room?

A few people have asked if was our Phil and yes he did indeed take and submit that photograph. Just to give you a little more information... On Saturday Phil posted the picture on Twitter with the caption "where me and Chris went climbing today".
The more eagle-eyed of you may have worked out from it they were in fact at Worthy Farm, the site of Glastonbury music festival; hence the name of the photo being Fields of Avalon.

July 23, 2010 / submitted by Jeff, United States of America
Q.  Will you please tell me where is Phil Harvey(the mysterious 5th member) is in the Life in Technicolor ii music video. He holds a video camera is a clue you have given to us but there are 3 people holding cameras.

Phil is spotted on the left hand side at 1 minute 55 seconds wearing a cream Arran sweater (another clue I also gave).

June 21, 2010 / submitted by James, United States of America
Q.  Is the fifth member Phil really a dog?
If so, what kind?

Blimey where on earth did you hear that?? Phil is most certainly NOT a dog!

November 2, 2009 / submitted by Jordan, New Zealand
Q.  Hey Oracle!
I was looking at the cassette tape for Ode to Deodorant, and it has Phil's number on it. Could I still contact him on it, or is he guilty of false advertising after all these years?


The only thing Phil's guilty of is changing his phone number many years ago so, no, you wouldn't be able to contact him on the cassette's out of date info.

October 16, 2009 / submitted by Alan, South Africa
Q.  Hi Oracle

Had Phil had any previous experience in management? It seems quite fascinating that someone inexperienced could take the band so far. Was Phil just smart and talented enough to learn the ropes quickly?


Phil had no previous experience of management or music business. Apart from being smart and talented Phil was never afraid to ask questions and therefore progressed at a fairly rapid rate with the band. He also took advice and always kept the band at the forefront of any decision.

August 4, 2009 / submitted by Rachel, Canada
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I am currently watching my tenth run of the Live 2003 Tour Diary today, and I haven't noticed Phil anywhere! Is he in the diary or not?
Thank you.

Wow, good effort Rachel! Phil took a hiatus in 2002 just after the recording of the second album. He doesn't appear as he wasn't touring around the DVD filming.

May 8, 2009 / submitted by Angela, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Why does Phil Harvey play in the back and not on stage?

Phil doesn't actually play in the band on or off the stage. He's referred to as the 5th member but not in terms of being a musician. Matt McGinn is the only person outside of the band to have done that during live shows. For example he played guitar offstage on Yellow during the Twisted Logic tour.