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21 oracle items tagged as roadie
August 13, 2014 / submitted by Angie, Peru
Q.  Hi Oracle. :-D
I need you to answer these questions, it would be very important to me.
1. I was browsing online and saw the image of a book: Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay by Matt McGinn, and let me know if still for sale ...
2. Violin or bass?? I love those two instruments, but they will only going to give me one for my birthday. Which would you choose? which brands you recommend?
Thanks dear, funny and beautiful Oracle,
Angie
P.S: greetings from Peru, we love you.

Matt's book is still available and should be easy to buy online. If you look on Amazon, I'm sure you'll find it.
Personally I prefer the bass but I love the violin if played well. I imagine it's harder to play the violin. It can sound AWFUL if not played well.
I would definitely consider how easy a violin is to carry around though. It's not going to cause many problems getting from A to B.



April 28, 2014 / submitted by Stephanie, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle, I hope you are well. I was just looking through the live blog from Cologne. At 19:01, you have a picture of the three people. In Roadie #42's blog, he said that someone came to say hi to Dan and him. My question is, is Anchorman in the first picture? And if so, which person is he?
Thank you!

I'm confused. Roadie #42's blog wasn't even the same night so no, that's not Anchorman - who wasn't there & would never be careless enough to be photographed. As Roadie said, it was a chap, a young fella - he isn't part of the CP team.
As for the following night's live blog, at 19.01 the photo you mention comes with a caption explaining who it is:
"A view from the management office, which is where we've made our home for the day. Here's Arlene (management), Miti (live broadcast mixer) and Dan Green (sound-man and producer extraordinaire)."

Anchorman writes the live blogs and takes the photographs so he's not likely to be in any of those either.



April 2, 2014 / submitted by Nick, United Kingdom
Q.  R42 refers to his keyboard station. Is he responsible for setting off the bands click tracks, etc? And does he actually play some of the stuff we hear?

Roadie #42, a.k.a Miller, began roadie life first and foremost as Chris' keyboard tech. His job titles have included Midi Technician, Videographer, Pro Tools as well as #42. He does sometimes set off click tracks - as does Will - but he doesn't play anything live though Matt McGinn has been heard playing guitar off-stage. Miller always has so many things to do whether at the studio, at the show or for the website.


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 24, 2014 / submitted by Jake, United States of America
Q.  It is darn near impossible to find out I have looked everywhere online! Your my last hope. Should have been my first go too since your all knowing. What guitar strings (brand/gauge) does Jonny like to use?

Over to Matt McGinn for this one.

"We've always used D'addario but only cos that was what on his guitar when I first met him!
That said, they do have the advantage of having colour coded ends for each individual string - handy in a hurry.‚ 

We do use Ernie Ball's too though, there doesn't seem to be much in it, tone or quality-wise. ‚ No colour coding but each string comes in an individual envelope with a big number on it so you know the gauge.
Jonny's main guitars are set up with regular tens but we'll mix it up for odd tunings, such as Violet Hill which has a big fat bottom string to allow for being tuned down to C#.
Cheers".

Thanks, Matt!



March 24, 2014 / submitted by Harrison, Australia
Q.  Hey Oracle, I have a riddle for you!

What do you call a trio of roadie bikers?
(I'd really like to know as I didn't get what Phil meant to other day when he posted this)

Thanks!

A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows, a flock of sheep, a herd of cows, a pride of lions etc. There is no answer for a trio of roadie bikers - it was just a little joke.


January 9, 2014 / submitted by Chloe, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi dear Oracle,
I was wondering what Miller's role was exactly towards the band. We know that he is partly in charge of the multimedia things as doing photography and video footages, then writing his Roadie#42 blogs. But I guess those things don't take him all of his time, so what is he doing aside from this, in the studio, etc? I am quite curious about that.
All the best for the new year and cheers to all the roadies!
Chloe.

I hope he doesn't mind me saying so but Miller is quite possibly the busiest of anyone behind the scenes. It takes a lot longer than you think; he's constantly working. The video footage - whittling down, editing and creating is very time consuming. Whenever you see Miller be it in a car, in departure lounges, planes, backstage, onstage (you get the idea), he is working.
At the live shows he started as Chris' piano/keyboard technician and is now is in charge of all Pro Tools.
He's always the last to arrive at an aftershow party - if at all - due to his unshakeable conscientiousness. Oh and that amazing Christmas Lights video we had on the home page over Christmas, yup, that was Miller. Respect.
Oh and I swear he didn't pay me to say any of this!



November 7, 2013 / submitted by Carly, Australia
Q.  Hello from downunder! I wish I could thank the band so charitable. I'm confused to who Roadie #42 is I have read Roadie My life On The Road With Coldplay by Matt Miller who often mentions he isn't Mr 42!

That's actually inaccurate, Carly. Roadie was written by Matt McGinn, not Matt Miller. Matt McGinn often mentions he's not Roadie #42 because Matt Miller is.


August 22, 2013 / submitted by Rose, Turkey
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I want to ask you something which I was curious about since the concert. Who is this fabulous Roadie? We loved him too much in Prague show and he got a hell of an applause every time he went on stage check :) Also, did the band had a chance to visit the John Lennon Wall while they were in Prague? It is like a living artwork of MX cover :) Lots of love from Turkey!

His name is Ali. He was the RF technician on the MX tour which is why he has receivers clipped all over him. His job is to look after all the radio gear.

The band didn't have time for sightseeing on the European leg of the tour. The wall looks pretty impressive.



July 31, 2012 / submitted by Iris, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle,
After Coldplay's tour is over in November what happens to the roadies?
Thank You :)

They get to rest, go on holiday, return home to their families and then start all over again - with another band. There is a handful of our roadies who remain with the boys even when they're not touring but most other crew members will go on the road again. It's a hard life - really hard work but most of them wouldn't have it any other way.


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