6 oracle items tagged as crew
April 24, 2012 / submitted by Stewart, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
I saw the question about the crew vs. band football match and I was wondering, with all of the crew in that picture and only 4 (or 5 if Phil was there) band members, wouldn't the crew have had way more people on their team than the band did on theirs?

If you look at the photo Stuart, you'll see that not all the band members are there. I think they actually play 5 a side so I can spot Jonny, Will, Phil, Frosty, Dan & Kelly as Team CP and I am guessing that the rest of the motley crew (no pun intended) will be the varying options for Roadie FC.
I did actually say to Roadie #42 yesterday that I hardly recognized anyone in the team!

April 23, 2012 / submitted by Christian, Germany
Q.  Hey Oracle, I've seen the picture of the crew vs. band football match Roadie #42 posted on his blog. I was wondering if this is the whole crew for the tour 'cause it seems like few people to manage such a big thing like a world tour.

Gosh no, Christian, you're quite right to assume that's too few people for a huge tour; that's nowhere near the full crew. There are 2 crews taking 2 stages, plus backline crew as well as a local crew at each venue. I should imagine the number of people it takes to put on a show of this scale is well into the 3 figure area. The backline crew who make up the crew football team is considerably smaller.

March 16, 2011 / submitted by Piyush, India
Q.  Dear Oracle

Talking about the Coldplay crew, do they get unemployed while the band isn't touring and working in the studio?


It depends on which crew members we're talking about but they don't become unemployed exactly, no.
Certain roadies and staff are working alongside the band during studio sessions too but any that aren't are free to take other work or tour with other acts.
One crew member for example went on tour with Gorillaz straight after the Viva tour ended but will rejoin the boys once they get back on the road.

September 14, 2010 / submitted by Martin, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle,

My question is this:
How do the crew manage to dismantle a full stage from one venue in one city and take it all the way to another many miles away on the days of consecutive concerts?

After reading that it takes until the early hours of the following morning just to dismantle a stage I cannot see how it can then be transported to another venue and set up, and then have the band sound check before the actual concert.

It seems impossible so could you please clear this up for me :)

There's no pulling the wool over your eyes is there Martin?
There are in fact two crews and two stages; as one stage is being dismantled the other is being built. They obviously alternate with the "advance team" starting ahead.

September 7, 2009 / submitted by Lucas, Spain
Q.  So...Oracle...What happens to the rest of the Coldplay crew after the tour is over? (You know, everyone else besides be actual 4 members)?

The majority start by taking a well-earned break but depending on the length of the break in between, some work on other projects/ with other bands.

January 22, 2009 / submitted by Jessamacar, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can Chris do flips like in the LITii Video clip or is that why they used puppets???
from jess

Supple as Chris is, he doesn't do flips or the splits but that's not why puppets were used.
On the subject of the video, there have been a few more questions...
Crew members in the video aren't modelled on the real crew so no, you can't spot Roadie #42.
I can't believe I'm about to talk butts but someone DID ask, this also means that no-one had to show their plumber's crack (we call it a builder's crack here)!