37 oracle items tagged as yellow
March 20, 2012 / submitted by Josh, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle. I just received an old Coldplay shirt from a while back. It has different yellow paint samples on the front. Do you remember that shirt?

Ah the Pantone. I do indeed. That was my favourite tee at the time.

April 14, 2011 / submitted by Chris K, United States of America
Q.  I teach 4th grade in a Quantum learning classroom, and for some reason the beginning of Yellow from the Live 2003 world tour really calms them down in the morning. Is there a studio version of Yellow from the Live 2003 tour? The beginning of the song really helps them focus! It's been a great opportunity to introduce the class to Coldplay. Oracle... can you help me out here?

I take it you mean a CD studio recording of the version of Yellow from the Live 2003 DVD. The only recording of that version of Yellow is live. There is a CD as well as the DVD with 12 tracks lifted from the same shows and that does feature Yellow.

March 17, 2011 / submitted by Kim, Canada
Q.  Further to Pedro's the video was not shot in real time?

Although it looks like it was all done in one take, apart from the illusion of time passing quickly, they actually ran through the song five times and it was filmed in an hour.

March 16, 2011 / submitted by Pedro, Argentina
Q.  Hi O! I know you may have asked this before, but I would like to know how was Yellow clip made? How is it possible that in a few minutes the sky turned into a light blue and Chris didn't let footprints on the sand?!

Sorry if it's a repeated question but it's burning my head! Thank you!

PS: I can't wait for the new album!

I have been asked about the video for Yellow before but was shocked to discover from the tag cloud that I haven't answered one since February 2009 - apparently.
Anyway, films/videos/photographs etc. can feature special effects used during shooting or they can be digitally enhanced afterward (removing footprints if necessary though I can see plenty).
In the case of Yellow, after the film was processed it went through another process called gradual grade that gave the impression of the day changing.

September 20, 2010 / submitted by Gabriela, Paraguay
Q.  Hi Oracle! Today I saw a video of Yellow at the Glastonbury festival! It was beyond awesome! So I was wondering, were you there?

I'll let you into a little secret. I've only ever been to Glastonbury festival 4 times and each time was with Coldplay therefore yes I was there at each of the 4 times I have seen them perform it there.
I don't know which time you're referring to but I bet it isn't the same as my favourite time they sang Yellow which was their second appearance on the "other stage" on the Saturday afternoon, 2000.

August 11, 2010 / submitted by Svenky, France
Q.  Hi Oracle !

It's true or not?

From twitter:
"Chris Martin wrote the song Yellow after a family holiday to Osaka in 1996".

Thank You


Yellow wasn’t written until 1999 so no that's not at all true. There wasn't a family holiday in Osaka either! The twitter page you saw will have absolutely no connection to anyone in the band so is not a trusted source of information. God only knows where people get some of this stuff from in the first place...

June 28, 2010 / submitted by Jonathan, United States of America
Q.  While Yellow was played during the Viva La Vida tour, giant yellow balls were released into the crowd. When the song was over, the yellow balls seemed to disappear. I would have thought that the crowd would have kept the balls bouncing. How is it that the yellow balls disappeared almost on cue?

For those who didn't know, the yellow balls were actually balloons. They were initially bounced around the arenas/stadiums during the song. Although some were saved (or bravely attempted to be by some) most were popped to release their confetti. A couple made it back to the stage where Chris would pop them with his guitar on the final note.

June 25, 2010 / submitted by Jeroen, Belgium
Q.  In the live 2003 version of Yellow, who is playing the acoustic guitar? Because Jonny's playing the lead and Chris doesn't have a guitar.. Is it a recorded track maybe?


It's not a pre-recorded backing track; it was Matt McGinn, Jonny's guitar tech and now author of Roadie . Chris asked him to play the guitar part from off stage which Matt writes about in his book from page 49.

January 5, 2010 / submitted by Lauren, United States of America
Q.  Hey, Oracle!
In light of Jacob's question about the intro song for the 2003 concerts, I was wondering what the song is that's at the beginning of Yellow, like in the Live 2003 version. Or is it just a sample that was created for that purpose? I've always thought it was really beautiful so if there's a full song then I'd love to hear it!

It was a new extended intro that was indeed created for that purpose. I have mentioned before that Yellow is one of those songs that the band like to play around with live so that it doesn't become boring for the fans and the band - as if eh? You can find it on both the DVD and CD of Live 2003.

November 11, 2009 / submitted by Daniel, Australia
Q.  I've noticed that the version of Yellow being played in the tour so far is faster than the album and previous live versions. Any reason for this change in tempo?

As you can imagine when you have a song that you know you are going to be playing for the rest of your career it's good to take a different spin on it every tour. The boys consciously decided to try to keep it interesting for both fans and themselves. They did however ditch an acoustic version... If you look back to the Twisted Logic tour there was a completely different approach then too.