11 May 2012 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we now 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 before midnight Thursday 17th May.

I really need your help. I am in love with my friend who does not love me back in the same manner. I even got her to reveal the fact that she avoids me nowadays because she thinks I like her. For friendship's sake, I told her that I didn't. But I know that she is the one for me and that no one can love her the way I do. I really want her to reciprocate the same feelings for me. What should I do?? Viral, India.

Look forward to seeing your replies.
The Oracle
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10 May 2012 / submitted by Ragnhild, Norway
Q.  How do you become a Coldplay roadie? What are their qualifications and their job?
It's not really a question I can answer because to be honest, it would be better to become a roadie and see where it leads you rather than picking a band and wanting to be their roadie specifically.
There are many different roles and jobs within the career path of a roadie depending on what part of the road crew you want to be in i.e. piano tech, guitar tech etc.
Most of the roadies I know either started out in bands themselves or hung around live music venues helping out bands. Technical knowledge is vital in some positions so again, it depends on what kind of roadie you want to be.
Roadies tend to get jobs by being recommended by their roadie mates and so it's word of mouth. I'd suggest that if you're serious about it, make yourself pretty indispensable and forget about having a girlfriend - you'll never see her. I'm half joking of course.
Matt McGinn's Roadie book is the best place for you to start your research but you may also like this website.

10 May 2012 / submitted by Amanda, United States of America
Q.  Good day to you oh wise and all-knowing Oracle ~

I was wondering if we should bring and wear our Xylo-bands to shows going forward in the future or were they just for this tour? We went to the Hollywood Bowl show on Friday and then brought them with us to the Weenie Roast on Saturday hoping they would come on but to no avail... alas they stayed quiet and dark... thus my question came to be... do we bring them with us to shows going forward? Thank you for your time.
If you're coming along to more than one show, you don't need to bring your xyloband as you will receive another. The reason it doesn't work once your outside the venue (apart from the odd rogue one) is they are activated during the show by radio control.
Please remove the batteries and recycle them if you can.

10 May 2012 / submitted by Marika, Czech Republic
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Is there any photo where Chris is wearing a suit?
I have seen Chris in a suit but obviously only when the occasion calls for one. Here's a cracking photo of one such occasion. Scrubs up well doesn't he?

9 May 2012 / submitted by Trinity, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,

Do the band always do sound checks before each show? And do they ever let members of the public in to watch (with a bought ticket obviously!)

In the words of Coldplay "I'll see you soon!" (quite literally, in 21 days :D)
The band don't always attend sounchecks; sometimes the crew step in and test the levels. There have been what are known as soundcheck parties where fans have won the chance to be there while the band soundcheck.
There was also an occasion back in 2010 when the band were in Liverpool to play one of the Crisis gigs. Fans had been queuing outside in the snow so we decided to invite them in to watch and warm up a little.
It was quite amusing as we had to usher fans out before the last song because we didn't want anything to give away the surprise of their special guest. Back For Good was quietly practised before Gary Barlow's arrival.

9 May 2012 / submitted by Eline, Belgium
Q.  I saw photos of Chris kite-flying. Does he always wear the MX-shirt? I thought it only was for concerts. Have a nice day! BTW: setlist is great! Please come to Belgium!
The only time the guys wear stage gear is for on stage, video shoots, photo shoots and interviews. I would put money therefore on those photos being taken at one of the above - but obviously not a live show.

9 May 2012 / submitted by Diana, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I will get married on 3rd of August in Holland and I would love to walk through the aisle with Coldplay music. Which song would you pick ?
Not knowing the length of the aisle or how long it will take you to walk it is making suggestion difficult.
I'd plump for Postcards From Far Away if you think just under a minute is long enough.

8 May 2012 / submitted by May, Netherlands
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I already tried Google.

Is Green Eyes written by Chris or not?

Because if you search it on Wikipedia it says: 'Green Eyes may refer to: Green Eyes, a song by Matt Lombardi written for Julie Marie Fort given to Coldplay for their album A Rush of Blood to the Head'.

The idea that they didn't write it makes me a bit sad, since the song is so full of love, you know? It sounds so sincere. And I thought that it was written for Jonny and that girl, so... I'm really confused right now.

If you answer, thanks a lot! And thanks a lot for reading this, anyway!
This is an example of how Wikipedia isn't always 100% accurate and the old adage "don't believe everything you read" is true. As much as I do love Wiki, it looks like someone has added that entry - probably to name check themselves and a mate as neither are clickable links so not that prolific eh?

If you delve a little deeper into the AROBTTH entry, it mentions the real fact that Chris wrote the song.

8 May 2012 / submitted by Kirsten, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I was on the Wikipedia page for American Idol and saw that Coldplay's performance this past week was pre-recorded. It this true? Or was Paradise and ETIAW performed live? Can't wait to see them in June!
Anchorman announced fans could win tickets to American Idol's 3rd May taping. Even though the band's schedule last week was of course 3 nights at Hollywood Bowl on 1st, 2nd and 4th May leaving Thu 3rd free; it was indeed pre-recorded earlier on Thursday morning in front of a different audience. The live performance was edited in to the later programme.

8 May 2012 / submitted by AJ Anable, United States of America
Q.  I am an Actor with a demo reel and I have Cold Play Music in the background. I have been told that this is illegal and I also have been told that it is perfectly ok. I thought best to go to the artist directly. I have no intention of selling my reel but it is shown for commercial purposes. Thanks for your response.
SARCASM ALERT: I'm thinking that anyone who still thinks that Coldplay is two words should perhaps receive some form of detention for not doing sufficient homework (also one word).

Teasing aside AJ, I'm sorry to have to tell you it's not as simple as asking the band. It's correct that you cannot use anyone's music without permission although copyright is held with their publishers and record label so you actually need to redirect your request to Universal Publishing (UK) and Parlophone.