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13 May 2013 / submitted by Trinity, United Kingdom
Q.  So I went to see Athlete on Friday for their 10 year anniversary of Vehicles and Animals, and it was great. And although they may not be as successful as Coldplay, would the band ever consider say a 15 year anniversary of Parachutes, not necessarily a tour but a few one of small gigs. It would be hugely appreciated I'm sure, plus you can't deny that this is not only the greatest song in the world, but must be the best song played live!?
Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful version of Spies. It was a firm favourite of mine since I very first heard it.
Anchorman went to see the Athlete anniversary show too and loved it.
I'm not sure there would be anything like a 15th year anniversary of Parachutes but it would be nice to celebrate in some way. Maybe we could have a party of our own?




10 May 2013 / submitted by Solaf, Egypt
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #119
I am kind of confused about my schooling and I was hoping you'd help. I'm currently in 8th grade and my biggest ambition is to become a Rockstar. My dad has offered to get me into a musical academy next year but then I'd have to quit school, while my mum says I could do both. So which decision should I make? Should I do my learning while also studying singing or should I just go to the musical academy and give it my all? Thank you so much, dear Oracle.
My friend wanted to be a rockstar. He had the talent, the looks, the charm and all the other ingredients but he has never been a rockstar. However, he was in a rockstar's band and had songs he'd written covered by other well known musicians. For whatever reason he never made it in his own right in that field. These days he is a very successful composer and scores a hit U.S TV show.
My point here is to firstly rename your goal.
Maybe your biggest ambition should be to be a successful musician and take it from there. I will assume you have talent as you have parental support in your dream.
As you may know, I love a good dream and believe in following them and reaching goals.
If you truly believe that you have what it takes, go for it but I always think it's handy to have a back-up plan but some say that suggests you're accepting failure as an option.
I don't know what facilities are like in Egypt but here in the UK it's possible to choose a musical academy as higher education too. Personally I would always finish school, get qualifications and then look at entering into a facility to take your music further.
If you have the talent, it will never leave you but it's harder to go back and redo the schooling. Take your time with the decision - it's a BIG one but I guess I'm saying, stay in school for now and do both.
Over to you.

Well, to make a big decision like this you need to know where you are standing, classes and musical education at the same time can be extremely tough. My coach always says that we have to follow the "Triple 8 Rule": 8 hours for school, 8 hours to study or do whatever we want, and 8 hours to sleep. In your case, with musical education and school, you will have: 8 hours for school, 4 hours dedicated to learning singing (that's how hardcore academies work), 2 hours to study, 2 hours to practice your singing, and well, 8 hours to sleep. That means no free time at all, and some serious fatigue and exaustion.
Now, if you want to just embrace singing, you're going to have to sweat and bleed to be successful at it, singing will have to be your only option, your only way, and your only destination.
If you choose singing over studying and singing at the same time, you'll be closer to your dream, but remember, becoming a Rockstar isn't easy. Alexandre.


Well, I think you should definitely do both. By the time you finish school you'll be more mature to pursue your dream of becoming a rockstar with a more sensible touch. You'll be more mentally prepared to take your own decisions and to assume all the responsibilities that such an aim of yours entails. Good luck with that! Hope to listen to your songs soon! Cesar.

I think you should do both things, because you are currently in 8th grade, so, you can learn things in school and at the same time you can improve your musical abilities and finally when you have graduated from school no one can take your knowledge from you and then you can focus on studying musical things. I really dont know you but I know you can do both things because you are awesome. Ivan, Panama.

I think you should try to do both – many people want to become a Rockstar and don’t succeed. So just in case you don’t either – although I totally believe in you, Solaf – it’ll be very good if you finish school so you can try to get another job then. It might be a hard and stressful time for you, but you’ll know you’ll be able to earn money later, no matter what happens. Good luck and nice greetings, Jule.

I know you'd love to be a rockstar and to see your dream come true, but it's better to achieve your studying first. If you can do as your Mom said do them both it would be the best.
Look at our lovely Coldplay members, they were in the same situation as you and they have chosen to do both; studying and building their own careers.
I wish you all the best. Ask yourself there are surely things you don't know about yourself and God willing you'll know which way to choose. Hasna.


I think it's great that you're getting so much support from your parents! I cant help but agree with your mom, though. You're still a bit young. I'm now a senior but have gone through a lot of changes since eighth grade. To make a commitment like that is a big deal. Having some sort of back up plan can even help your confidence in music, as you're not constantly thinking about how you've given other things up. I think you can definitely do both. Maybe taking mostly regular classes instead of harder advanced ones will help. I wish you the best of luck, either way! Love, Darem.

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10 May 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?
When I answer questions of a personal nature, Coldplay.com readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 16th May.

In honour of Mother's Day this Sunday (although not in the UK):

My mum is looking to have surgery on her shoulder, and wonders what she can do for 6-8 weeks with only one arm. Do you have any suggestions for an activity she can do? Duncan, Australia.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
Please email your replies to theoracle@coldplay.com


9 May 2013 / submitted by Jamie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi, The Oracle.

I've always wondered, why did Coldplay choose Belsize Park Underground Station to record part of the Paradise video, and was the station closed to the general public when they were filming? If so, how long for?

I hope you can answer this question :)

Thanks!
Our second London tube question of the day.
Belsize Park station (ooh - Princess of China remix has just come on Kiss radio as I type this) is the closest Underground station to The Bakery, that's why it was used.
It wasn't closed to the public - none of the Underground shots involved closing the stations.



9 May 2013 / submitted by George , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, I read that Coldplay travelled to their O2 gig back in December 2011 on the tube and that it was weird for them listening to what their fans were saying about them as no one recognised them. Is this too good to be true?
As far as I know, it was only Chris who travelled by tube to the O2. I didn't hear any such thing about him listening in to what fans were saying about the band though...
What usually happens is that fans can't quite believe it's Chris on the tube so they convince themselves that it can't possibly be him.
It really is the fastest way to travel around London.



8 May 2013 / submitted by Nicole, Mexico
Q.  Hey Oracle! I just got a new female dog and I would like her name to be something related to Coldplay... Do you have any ideas of a good name? :)
I don't think it's all that important for dogs to have gender specific names as long as it's not totally ridiculous - like Sarah for a male.
I think Mylo is a great name for any pet regardless of gender.
In the comic book, there's a character called Fly. She's introduced by: "Her? What? Fly is a girl?" Sounds like quite a feisty character...
Snoopy is a famous dog - in the Peanuts comic strip - & given he's Charlie Brown's dog, it's (indirectly) a link to the band.
I'd also consider Lhuna or Lukas (Coldplay songs by Kylie Minogue & Natalie Imbruglia respectively).



8 May 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!



7 May 2013 / submitted by Madleine, Morocco
Q.  Hi dear Oracle,
I was watching a Coldplay documentary and while Guy and Will were in the studio (I believe it's The Bakery) they have noticed a little sentence written in Arabic meaning Peace and Love.
Have you ever seen it dear Oracle? I would really like to know who wrote it and if it is always written there?
Thank you very much.
I have seen it; I've got a photo of it somewhere. It's on the wall in the live room of The Bakery. I don't know who wrote it (actually, it's painted) but it was something that the band wanted - it wasn't there before they moved in.


7 May 2013 / submitted by Elizabeth, United States of America
Q.  Where has Roadie 42 been? I'm really missing his blogs. Is he okay? I'm a little worried. Is he no longer blogging for the band?
No need to be worried. R42 only blogs when the band are touring or whatever and there's stuff to blog about. They aren't, so there isn't and that's why he's not blogging right now.


3 May 2013 / submitted by Aura, Mexico
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #118
If you had to dedicate a song to Coldplay, what would it be and why?
I was thinking along the lines of any song that had lyrics to sum up how my life changed from the moment I saw them. I then realized that it would one of the band's songs would be perfect. Bigger Stronger will always be the song for me that changed my life... and theirs. I therefore dedicate it to the boys. Cheers!
Over to you.

Out of all the inspirational songs that exist, I would dedicate Perfect by P!nk to Coldplay as the lyrics relate to them so much. When critics arise they always just take it on the chin and never give up. They once said that; “There comes a point where you just accept that whatever you do, someone will like or hate it, so it's extremely liberating. We are incredibly blessed that we are 12 years in, allowed to make whatever we want to make. That's extraordinary. Even in the film world you can't do that. Only a few people can do that.” These words just sum them up as my role models. They have taught me to pursue my dreams and do what I love no matter what people say, which is what I think the message behind these lyrics sends out to everyone.
Coldplay have doubted themselves many times in the past, especially Chris, and they are definitely not a “shit Radiohead” but are in fact just as good or even better - not to criticise Radiohead that is. P!nk is another favourite artist of mine and I think she has put so much passion and heart into this song as Coldplay do with their numerous hits, so I think this song is definitely suited as a dedication to them.
Coldplay is and always will be my favourite band and they are definitely “perfect to me”. Sarah.


I would love to dedicate one of their songs to them actually, which is 'Till Kingdom Come. I love to dedicate it because of many reasons which of that I really am willing to wait forever for their come. I feel so safe and sound when I just play this song while thinking about them. I never hated anything about them and to me they're perfect. I really would love if they notice my, until now, unexplained existence. Just say you'll wait, you'll wait for me. Solaf.

What a great question! Well after a bit of thought and a very long scroll through my iTunes the song I have chosen is I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack. I have picked it because fame and fortune are fleeting and often wreak havoc with good people. The message in the song is about always keeping perspective with regard to who we are. It's the best gift I can convey to these four who have brightened my life by their wonderful music, may it never end! Cheers, Laurie.

I would dedicate the song Raise Your Glass by P!nk to all the members of Coldplay and to their fans. This song is about celebrating your uniqueness and not worrying about what the “cool people” think. Sometimes the band and their fans take a lot of flak for loving their music, but that’s OK. We can be “all wrong in all the right ways” together, and I embrace that! Buffi, United States.

Hello paisana! I believe you're asking which Coldplay song I would dedicate and to whom, right? Well, I think all depends on the situation.
There're so many Coldplay songs I would dedicate not only to a (hopefully someday) girlfriend, but to friends, family and myself. Love songs such as Yellow, 'Til Kingdom Come, The Scientist, The Hardest Part; motivational songs such as Don't Let it Break Your Heart, Proof; cheering songs such as Charlie Brown and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, and so on...
Again, it all depends on the situation, the mood I'm in and the interpretation I'm giving to the lyrics. Saludos! Lalo.


If I could chose a song to dedicate to Coldplay it would definitely be One I love because well... I love them! I have been a huge fan for over a year now, but it feels like so much longer! They gave me hope and shined a light when I was lost. If I'm ever sad I can always count on Jonny, Guy, Chris, and Will to cheer me up. Thats why Coldplay is the One I love :)
Keep Coldplaying, Meghan, GA.

My dedication: At My Most Beautiful - REM. Because when I listen to Coldplay, I'm at my most beautiful. Michelle.

Wow thats an interesting question. I could probably dedicate several of their own songs to them (like ETIAW), but I think I'll pick one that isn't theirs. The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin would be a good one. It accurately describes the way I feel Coldplay have saved most of my days from being completely terrible, to being enjoyable. Sometimes just playing Politik or Paradise incredibly loud in my room will keep me from feeling lousy, not to mention this website and its support. Coldplay have been such a comfort during the hardest part of my life so far. I feel that I've grown a lot, and generally feel that there is hope for the future. They might not know it, but the band have helped me not only confront my own emotions but make me feel confident enough to believe that I can overcome them. So thanks guys. Love, Darem.

If I had to dedicate a song to Coldplay, it would be: Bruises by Chairlft because I'd do ANYTHING for them and also coz it's the 1st song which came to my mind and I REALLY LOVE it. Delphine, France.

A few years ago I met this friend on the internet. We hit it off well from the start. I talked to her lots over the course of a few years. She was my best friend on the internet. A really great person to know. It was weird though, we only talked on an IM service, we never thought of adding each other on Facebook or anything. One day we were having a meaningful conversation, about someone I was fighting with. I remember her say, "As the lyrics of Viva la Vida suggest, his castle stands upon pillars of salt and sand". I thought, wow, what powerful lyrics. So I looked up the song, and I listened to the lyrics properly. It was from then on that I loved Coldplay. She was the one that got me into Coldplay! One day I realized she hadn't been on IM in over a week. A month went by, still nothing. I had no idea where she was. I was confused. I knew she worked for a computer security company on the internet, so I emailed them asking where she was. I found it strange when I got a reply from someone high-up in the company asking "the nature of my inquiry". When I sent back saying I was a friend of hers, I got a reply saying she had taken her life a month ago. He told me her mother had contacted him telling him. I couldn't believe it. I still can't. I was shattered. I still go on the IM sometimes, just hoping she will sign in. I dedicate Viva la Vida to my friend Meghan. RIP. Jayden.

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