18 December 2014 / submitted by Stanislav, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I know that In My Place was not originally intended for AROBTTH and the beginning of Violet Hill had been written long before Viva came to fruition.
Are there any other songs, perhaps in MX or GS, that have been 'leaked' in from other eras? Thank you!!
That's not true; In My Place was always intended for AROBTTH.
It was written & played live during the Parachutes tour so was the first song written for the second album. It proved tricky to record though.
Some songs were written early (like In My Place) & some were late (like Up In Flames, MX). Some almost didn't make it (like Talk, X&Y).
There are obviously loads of songs that were written & not included anywhere.
It's not a case of leaking over but more of fitting or being ready.

18 December 2014 / submitted by Gareth, Canada
Q.  Hi Oracle! I just recently flew on an Air Canada flight and they were showing the Ghost Stories live concert which was awesome. I noticed however that the upcoming CD/DVD doesn't include non-Ghost Stories tracks such as Clocks, Viva and others that were shown in the concert on the flight.. Do you know if they'll be releasing a full concert version later on? Thanks for your time! Cheers! Gareth
No. The TV special that was aired may be a slightly different version but the DVD that's been released is the only one planned - without the non-Ghost Stories tracks.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Adam, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi, just wondering the Ink single isn't in your Recordings section, it was an official single, right?
I'm only answering this because it is a newly received question and Ink IS in the Recordings section. You may need to clear cache / cookies. Hopefully it will then show up.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Isaiah, United States of America
Q.  Oracle,
I can't find Miracles or the lyrics in the Recordings section of the website. I have the same problem with Wish I Was Here. Are they not official releases by the band, or do you just not put soundtrack songs on the recordings section? I'm confused because Atlas is there and Miracles isn't.
Miracles is coming to Recordings but as Wish I was Here isn't a release, it isn't.

17 December 2014 / submitted by Emma , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I just moved school and hardly EVER get to see my best friend from my old school. How could I get our mum's to make a plan??
The same happened to me when I was at school and this was a long time before the Internet so we resorted to writing letters for a few years. We did manage to get together a couple of times but alas, a less tech world scuppered the friendship.
Take advantage of video calls and social media. Maybe you should both start a savings pot specifically for meeting up again. I reckon if you and your friend show your mums you're determined to remain mates despite the move, they will help to arrange something.

16 December 2014 / submitted by Chris, United States of America
Q.  Is this movie actually happening? As a Coldplay/Foo Fighters fan, I would absolutely love it!!
Not so much "happnening" as "happened"! This is very old news - going back as far as 2002.
I've answered questions about it before in 2009, 2012 & 2013.

16 December 2014 / submitted by Jinafer, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle and to the grand Coldplayer's in the world.
My question:
Chris recently displayed a printed paper of a lady on his piano at Coldplay's recent BBC concert. Can you tell us who the lady is?
Thank you for your time.
Happy Holidays.
It's a memorial booklet for a lady named Zoe - I'm afraid I don't know who Zoe is.

16 December 2014 / submitted by Dino, Switzerland
Q.  Dear Oracle,
what does it mean that Simon Pegg is godfather to Chris's daughter? I mean, is it like godfather in baptism (sacrament) or something else? Thanks, stay strong and cool, cheers and merry Christmas! D.
Yes, it's exactly that - like in Baptism. Traditionally a godparent (you have a godmother and godmother) agrees to be the guardian of the child in the event of the parent's death. Non-religious people can also appoint someone in a similar role. It's usually someone close to the parent & child in a position of valued friendship & trust who holds shared values.
It's definitely not like The Godfather.

15 December 2014 / submitted by Sylvie, Czech Republic
Q.  Just back from the movies and I was very surprised to hear the Midnight track on the trailer of Exodus. I knew about Miracles, but was Midnight initially planned to be on that soundtrack? Any other contribution to future productions?
A song being used in a trailer is very different from an original song being written for a film as is the case with Miracles and was with Atlas & Wish I Was Here.
Those are the only tracks written specifically for film soundtracks.

15 December 2014 / submitted by David, Netherlands
Q.  Hey Oracle!
There are a lot of concerts that I want to go to, but I can't find anyone to go with, because most of my friends don't like the artist or don't have the money. Should I go alone? I don't think it'll be the same fun as going with friends. Have you ever been to a concert on your own?
Many, many times! The most recent being on 30th November. If it was a choice of not going or going alone, I would always choose to go alone.
Once when I was travelling back from a gig I had been to alone, I met someone on the train who had been to the same one and we got talking. 25 years later, we're still friends and have been to loads of other concerts together!