31 oracle items tagged as phil
January 22, 2015 / submitted by Bigo, Turkey
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Is Phil Harvey being in the studio with Coldplay?
And also is he writing songs or playing instruments?

Phil is usually around during the recording sessions although not always in the studio but no, he isn't a writing/performing member of the band.

January 22, 2015 / submitted by Pat, United States of America
Q.  Didn't Anchorman tweet a picture of Phil in a Koala suit at the ASFOS music video shoot in Australia? He doesn't make it into the actual video, does he?

I didn't see a photo tweet by Anchorman of the person in a koala suit. Anchorman wasn't on set, so I don't know who took it but I believe such a thing does exist. Thinking back, I do recall seeing Phil - and other band crew / personnel - fleetingly in the background of the video but he is definitely not in the koala suit.

October 21, 2014 / submitted by Carlos, Venezuela
Q.  Hi, dear Oracle. Watching again and again the Ghost Stories TV Special I noticed that the custom built theatre looks very similar to one that that appears in the Michael Jackson video Hold My Hand, Is it the same?

I'm confused. Looking at the official video for Hold My Hand, I can't work out where you see the similarity. Michael's video was filmed in airship hangars (plus concert footage etc.) and Coldplay's was a purpose built amphitheatre in a soundstage. They're not the same albeit large vacuous spaces.

August 18, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Why Phil was in a koala suit on the #ASFOS video?

Was he? I think you are mistaken. I do spy a fan in an elephant costume at the end in the square but that was not scripted. There were no other animal suits that I can see. CORRECTION! I must need my eyes testing (again) because there IS a koala suit and it's not the only animal suit either!
There was somebody in the video that you may recognise but nobody has asked me yet. Maybe that person has not been spotted... Yet.

June 11, 2014 / submitted by Zi, Malaysia
Q.  Is it the stage in the video uploaded on YouTube for A sky full of stars (TV special) is the one that Chris Martin mentioned which cost about 2m to build?

The TV special - Coldplay: Ghost Stories - was the stage that Chris was referring to when he said it was too expensive to re-create for every show but I'm pretty sure he was half joking / exaggerating the £2 million cost of it - though it was VERY expensive.

May 29, 2014 / submitted by Karim, United Kingdom
Q.  Why the set used to the TV Special is too expensive? It seems simply a round stage...

It wasn't "simply a round stage"; it was recorded in a custom-built amphitheatre.
As they performed in the round, they also were able to incorporate 360-degree projections.

May 29, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I just found a video of Midnight, live at the Alcaline concert. I love it. Can you give me the playlist of that concert?

Love Coldplay and thank you for your time.

I was very confused by this as I didn't know where Alcaline was. I realise you're actually referring to the TV special, Coldplay: Ghost Stories that you presumably watched on Alcaline. It's got nothing to do with Alcaline by the way.
The set list was:

Always In My Head
True Love
Viva La Vida
Another's Arms
A Sky Full Of Stars
(Fly On / O)

May 28, 2014 / submitted by Stephen, United States of America
Q.  I love the stage set from the Ghost Stories TV special. Who designed it, and will it be going on the road with the band?

It was designed by Phil, Paul Normandie and Misty Buckley.
It hasn't been (& won't be) on the road with the band; it's actually too expensive to do.

May 9, 2014 / submitted by S, Philippines
Q.  Hi Oracle! So I have this theory...

Phil & Anchorman are one & the same. Any plot twist (aka your thoughts) on this?

P.S. Show Manila some love. :( We've been feeling left out. Forever waiting. :(

No. Here on the website you're either reading posts by Anchorman or blogs by Roadie #42 or - as you're here - answers by me.
Phil tweets and signs off PH so that's how you'll spot him. Anchorman follows tweets with A and I can assure you A and PH are not one and the same.

Ps if you're here looking for Team Oracle, the replies will be posted over the weekend.

March 24, 2014 / submitted by Harrison, Australia
Q.  Hey Oracle, I have a riddle for you!

What do you call a trio of roadie bikers?
(I'd really like to know as I didn't get what Phil meant to other day when he posted this)


A gaggle of geese, a murder of crows, a flock of sheep, a herd of cows, a pride of lions etc. There is no answer for a trio of roadie bikers - it was just a little joke.