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October 17, 2013 / submitted by Cindy, Indonesia
Q.  Hi Oracle :)
I was just wondering about the instrument Will used in Up In Flames-- what is its name? It sounds so unique! :D

Will is playing electronic drums on that track - nothing more exotic than that I'm afraid.


October 17, 2013 / submitted by Frances, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle! I know that Will began playing drums when the other person didn't show up, and we know that Will is the fabulous drummer he is today, but do you think that other person regrets not showing up, or do you think he probably thinks nothing of it? Thanks!

Do you know, until you mentioned it, it has never occurred to me. I don't even know who the guy is! I wonder what became of him? Hopefully he's very happy and doesn't regret not being home when the band popped round.
If I get a chance to ask the guys at some point, that's definitely a question worth asking!



October 15, 2013 / submitted by Carrie, United States of America
Q.  Hello there :)

I have been wondering lately about how Will joined the band. He didn't play drums until he joined so how did it all come about? Was he friends with the others beforehand? If he didn't play the drums previous to joining, what was his role going to be in the band? If you think about the info out there, it kind of sounds like they were all sitting around one day, talking about who they could get to drum and Will said, "I've never played but I'll give it a go," and the rest were all, "Well... okay. Sure. Why not?"

Also, according to Wikipedia (which is always true HAHA), Will joined the band on July 31, 1997, which is a very specific date (and not just Harry Potter's birthday but Will's birthday also!) Is there a story behind it that could be shared? Would you mind filling in the story of Will joining Coldplay a little bit for all of us?

Thank you so much!

Carrie
Houston, TX

Yes, Will knew the others; he & Chris used to busk on guitars together. I have no idea of the exact date that Will joined the band or what date in 1998 the following occurred. Will's flatmate was supposed to drum on some tracks for Chris, Jonny & Guy but when they went round to their flat, he wasn't in. They waited a while and eventually Will (being the multi-instrumentalist as he is) said that although he wasn't a drummer if they were stuck, he'd give it a go. The rest, as they say, is history.


September 4, 2013 / submitted by Andreea via twitter, United Kingdom
Q.  Did the band members ever make a major wrong decision w/ the potential to ruin their future& hopes? How did they cope w/ it?

The first bad decision was to call themselves Starfish but they rectified that of course. I jest of course. Or do I?
There was one huge bad decision that Chris made a very, very long time ago. To be fair, he was under a lot of pressure and it was a panic decision. It has been reported so I'm not speaking out of turn but Chris booted Will out of the band temporarily. Thankfully it didn't last long and he begged him to return which luckily for all of us, he did. Yay!



July 8, 2013 / submitted by Nikhil, India
Q.  Hey Oracle,

I know that Coldplay's first name was Pectoralz. I would like to know the meaning of that word and how many instruments does Will Champion know to play? And I'm 14.
Nikhil, India.

Coldplay's first name was not Pectoralz, it was Starfish. Pectoralz was the name of a spoof band that they had as a joke. Basically they took the word pectorals (as in pectoral muscles) and changed the 's' to a 'z'. It was all done in fun and they chose that name because Pectoralz was a boy band and most boy bands at that time were all about abs and pecs.

Will plays many instruments but the exact number isn't known. He started playing piano & violin at 8, guitar at 12 and drums at 21 - yes, really!
As a multi-instrumentalist he also plays banjo, mandolin, tin whistle etc.



June 3, 2013 / submitted by Jemma , Australia
Q.  I just finished watching Game of Thrones season 3 episode 9, and I am 99% sure that I saw Will Champion playing a drum in the band! Was that him or was I just imagining things?

Yes! After all the months of speculation about which episode he was going to appear in (we have talked about this here before), the episode featuring Will finally aired last night (June 2nd).


May 8, 2013 / submitted by Barbora, Czech Republic
Q.  Hello Oracle, I saw a few articles that said Will is going to appear in season 3 of Game of Thrones. It was a couple of months ago and there are already 5 episodes out (Will wasn't there) and there are still 5 episodes left of this season so I wanted to ask is that true? Will Will really be acting there?

As far as I know, Will is due to make a cameo appearance in Season 3 so it's not too late yet as there are still 4 episodes left.
I don't watch it so wouldn't know if I'd already missed it!



April 15, 2013 / submitted by Elizabeth, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Today, for the probably the 50th time, I watched Live 2012, which is my favorite movie of all time. In the credits at the end of the movie, under "Montreal Film Crew" "Camera Operators" one of the names listed was "Will Champion" - Is that a coincidence or was Will apart of the filming?! Please let me know!
Your #1 Coldplayer,
Elizabeth :)

Yes he was! When the guys perform the Stage C segment of the show, Will is recording on a hand-held camera before he joins the rest of the band - that's why he has a filming credit.


February 14, 2013 / submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Mr Oracle Sir, I've recently taken up the ukulele. Great little instrument. Do any of the band play them?

I bet Will can; he can play anything!


February 4, 2013 / submitted by David, Canada
Q.  Now that Clocks is number one on 6 Music's Greatest Hit, what does Will think about it since at first he thought it was rubbish, like he said in the Q&A part many years back on the Nissan Live sets by Yahoo.

Luckily for you, Will popped in to chat about that with Steve Lamacq when they announced the winner of the vote.


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