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Y’all better put up a chair for this one, folks. The paradox wrapped in an enigma with sprinkles of conundrum on top that is Radiohead has just announced– er, make that vaguely alluded to– a number of totally sketchy details surrounding their crazy-anticipated summer North American tour.
As Billboard recently reported, our beloved paranoia-rockers are “eyeing” several multiple-night stands in such New World metropolises as Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The Chicago double-date is old news, but we are glad to learn Radiohead will still share love with our fair city after getting bushwhacked by those meanies in the Chitown Cultural Affairs Department (just kidding, we <3 u guys!). So no set dates, no itinerary, no venues, no opening acts--just four cities that may or may not receive multiple dosages of live Radiohead action. That should entertain your water-cooler cronies for at least 45 seconds. And this is good for another 15 or so: Radiohead mega-fan compendium/website At Ease alleges that inside sources have revealed two shows at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre (June 19 and 20), as well as a pair of gigs at Berkeley's Greek Theatre (allegedly reported by the San Francisco radio KITS, Live 105). For kicks, Thom Yorke offered up a cryptic quote to NME about the Mysterious New Record, which is in label limbo as Radiohead's contract with EMI has expired. Quoth Yorke, "I think it's a nutty situation to be in to have no definite release system." "It's really liberating not to feel part of the record company structure. It should be an extremely positive place to be in but it's also an extremely strange situation to be in." Positive and strange, got it. As previously announced, Radiohead have several multiple-night stands in the EU already lined up, as well as their lone confirmed North American date, a headlining spot down on the farm at Bonnaroo. Ice age coming: 05-01 London, England - KOKO (Friends of the Earth benefit with Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood) 05-06 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall # 05-07 Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall # 05-09 Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall # 05-10 Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall # 05-12 Blackpool, England - Empress Ballroom # 05-13 Blackpool, England - Empress Ballroom # 05-15 Wolverhampton, England - Civic # 05-16 Wolverhampton, England - Civic # 05-18 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo # 05-19 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo # 06-17 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival * 08-12 Budapest, Hungary - Óbudai Island (Sziget Festival) % 08-19 Chelmsford, England - Hylands Park (V Festival) ^ 08-20 Staffordshire, England - Weston Park (V Festival) ^ 08-22 Edinburgh, Scotland - Meadowbank 08-24 Dublin, Ireland - Marlay Park # with Willy Mason * with Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, Ben Folds, Common, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, Cat Power, Atmosphere, Amadou & Mariam, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Magic Numbers, Dungen, Andrew Bird, et al % with Franz Ferdinand, Ministry, Robert Plant, Natacha Atlas, Sick of It All, et al ^ with Beck, Bloc Party, The Magic Numbers, Keane In other, tabloid-worthy Radiohead news, Mr. Yorke was recently quoted in the NME as saying, "The fact that poor Arctic Monkeys are getting so much attention is purely based on the fact that the mainstream music business is such a bunch of fucking retards as far as I'm concerned." Careful though. Yorke recently insisted the above quotation was taken out of context, and had a hearty chuckle, all in a recent post on the ever-quotable official Radiohead blog, Dead Air Space. Here's what the dude had to say: "i remember now, tape recorders record what yu say .. which may be taken down and used as evidence against you at a later date. who is this jerk shooting his mouth off? misdirected. missquoted...distorted...out of context..." "oh it s me. i think. but im not sure." And finally, as Thom concluded, "HA ha ha ha oh :)" (thanks to Ian)
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