5 oracle items tagged as australia
October 13, 2014 / submitted by Christien , United States of America
Q.  During the small Ghost Stories tour, Coldplay had their old keyboard standing in the middle of their sets. Is there a reason they do that? Thanks again.

There's nothing on stage that they don't use - except when the set list is changed last minute. For example, when the band played the Enmore Theatre in Australia, the Reactable etc. were set up but they didn't have time to perform Midnight - in lieu of the Kylie duets - so the equipment wasn't used.

September 11, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I just found this video of a concert in Australia. What does Chris say at 40:18? I'd love to know that.

Isabelle, Netherlands.

Just before they play ASFOS he says, "If you are wearing a tie, now might be the time to take it off".

February 6, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I have a personal question that I hope you can answer.

I came across a video of the bands live performance at the Big Day Out Festival in 2001 and before playing the song Sparks, Chris says this is for the couples and then says he has a girlfriend and points and says "you see Margaret there in the hat right? She's wicked and this song is for her." So what I want to know is if the song Sparks was written for her.

No. Sparks was written well before then.

January 28, 2014 / submitted by George, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle, I just saw a video of Coldplay playing Animals Live. I noticed Chris didn't have any shoes on??? What's that about?

I chose this question for the simple reason that it amazes me how two people from different parts of the world can send in a question around the same time that both feature questions about videos that lead me to reply with clips from the same Big Day Out performance. How mad is that?!?
You see, the question I previously answered about me seeing another live video of Sparks with Guy sitting down was this. It also shows Chris with no shoes on.
If you were watching Animals live, I'm thinking it may have been like this video from the same day.
Spooky eh?

Anyway, that means the answer to this question is: it was hot there back in 2001.

January 28, 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello!
My question is about this video (and others) of Sparks: Guy is sitting down. I've looked up a few videos of the song played live in that time era and Guy is always sitting cross-legged on staged. Is there a reason why? Although sitting down with a bass is slightly easier than standing up, I can't think of any reason why he would be sitting.
What's your opinion on this?
Big thank you!

Sparks is an acoustic song so I can't think of any reason why Guy would be standing either apart from it's "usual". I personally never saw Guy sit on the stage in those days.
I can only actually see two videos of Sparks from this time where Guy is sitting down. As both were in Australia, perhaps it was heat or jet lag?
The clip you sent was from Australian TV on a very small stage. The intimate setting lends itself to a cross-legged performance. The other one I found was the polar opposite. The Big Day Out was in front of a large crowd on a huge stage. It was a stifling hot day and they were under the sun.
Back then the focus was very much on the songs rather than the performance so curious as it may be, I'm afraid there's no story. Nice little video find though!