24 April 2014 / submitted by Victor, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle
I've a question: Why the band never play Warning Sign on a concert? I know that is not famous like Clocks, Hurts Like Heaven, Viva la Vida, etc,
but a lot of fans likes this song... it's my favorite song of Coldplay. because was my first song on guitar!
I love the new song Magic! Congrats!
Warning Sign was played quite a lot on the MX Tour actually. Its last appearance was during the B-Stage set at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on 30 December 2012 - the penultimate show of the tour.

FYI Warning Sign has apparently been played live 118 times in total which strangely is only once more than another song you mentioned - Hurts Like Heaven.

24 April 2014 / submitted by Mariano, Venezuela
Q.  Dear O! Can't wait for the release of Ghost Stories! I am so excited! My question is the following: How come the official track-listing reveals that Oceans lasts 5:21 but the performance yesterday at Radio 1 lasted approximately 3:50? Muchas GRACIAS!
I love Oceans; it reminds me of Careful Where You Stand. I was going to say that radio prefer radio edits of songs and 4 minutes is a normal radio play length but in reality the remaining minute and a half of Oceans isn't another verse or anything so you heard pretty much the song.

24 April 2014 / submitted by Carlos , United States of America
Q.  Who produced your first album? Are they part of a record label?
Ken Nelson produced the first album. Some producers may have record deals in their own right but not as a general rule. Ken was not and is not part of a record label.
Caroline Elleray (from the band's publishing company), introduced Dan Keeling (their then A&R man at Parlophone) to Ken.

23 April 2014 / submitted by Ben, United States of America
Q.  Hello. I was in Michigan last year when Craig Hope was at Galloup Guitar School. He said he wanted to come back and finish. Could you ask him if he is coming back this year? I see right now there aren't any tour dates and just thought maybe he would finish while I am there. Thank you very much.
I asked Hoppy and no, he won't be going back this year.

For anyone who doesn't know, Craig Hope - aka Hoppy - is Chris' guitar tech who has been with us since the very beginning.

23 April 2014 / submitted by Gaston, Argentina
Q.  Why are they called Ghost Stories shows?

I mean, is the concert based only in the songs of the album or is a normal Coldplay show but with new songs?
All tours - whether small ones or world ones - have a name of sorts. It's usually the name of or from whatever the current album is.
These live dates are surrounding the release of Ghost Stories hence its name but, as far as I know, it's not going to be a show consisting solely of the album tracks.

23 April 2014 / submitted by Brennen , United States of America
Q.  Where can I stream the concert on Friday in Koln?
We don't usually stream concerts and the Cologne show isn't going to be available to stream either I'm afraid.

22 April 2014 / submitted by Benny, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Is there a place I can download the song Animals? I really like the song but can't find it on iTunes.

Much appreciation!

Benny Graves
Hmm, I found it no problem. It's the b side to Clocks - I searched for that and voila!

22 April 2014 / submitted by Conner, United States of America
Q.  Which is your favorite out of the first four Ghost Stories songs and why? It's tough, but I think I'd have to go with Another's Arms because it has a cool vibe to it. A bit of the same vibe I feel when I listen to Yes for some reason.
You haven't heard my favourite from Ghost Stories yet but of the four it's Midnight & Magic.

22 April 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.
Even though it doesn't say, of course the news & tour sections of the website will be updated with when tickets are to go onsale / are onsale as we did with the Cologne show.

21 April 2014 / submitted by Charles, Australia
Q.  Hello, I'm due to arrive in Heathrow, London on the July 1 at 6.10pm. I know this is quite a specific question but do you believe I could make it to the Royal Albert Hall in time for the Coldplay show that night if I choose to buy a ticket?
That's what we call putting the cart before the horse, Charles. Tickets haven't gone on sale yet...
There are so many issues you'll be dependent on.
If you land on time, the plane still has to taxi to its stand, passengers need to disembark and depending on what terminal and gate you arrive at, you will still have to walk a while, go through passport control / immigration and collect luggage from the baggage carousel - assuming you'll have some. If you have a good run with no delay, I think this would take 60-90 minutes at the very least.
You will then have to contend with whatever mode of transportation you choose to get to Central London.
The fastest way is the Heathrow Express (every 15 minutes). It takes 15 minutes to get to Paddington. From there you will have to transfer. Depending on whether you cab or tube - the fastest way would be by tube - you're looking at another 20-30 minutes to the RAH.
Don't forget to allow time to walk in between from terminal to stops, station, venue etc. plus entry to the venue and leaving items in the cloakroom.
I haven't got the onstage times but a typical show would see Coldplay taking to the stage at approximately 9pm.
Therefore in answer to your as yet somewhat hypothetical question, you'd be cutting it fine but actually may make it. I wouldn't like to bet on you catching the start though.
ps Even if you "choose" to buy a ticket, you may not be lucky enough to get one. My very specific plan to buy tickets for Kate Bush (playing 22 shows) ended in disappointment.

FYI: For all those asking, sign-up to the mailing list and information will be sent out about the live dates in due course.