Radiohead Thom Yorke

Thom in Toronto?

From Chart Attack:

It’s not that unusual to see minor celebrities on Toronto’s 501 Queen streetcar. When you’re a touring rock star or an environmentally friendly hipster living downtown, you usually a) can’t afford your own car and b) have to get around somehow.
That said, it’s an entirely different scenario when you seemingly spot rock royalty casually riding around on the Red Rocket. And that’s where, at around 10 a.m. this morning, ChartAttack spotted what looked to be Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke.
Sure, initially the idea of Yorke scooting around on the TTC screams out unlikely, but when you throw in the fact that the fellow in question was sitting with Sook-Yin Lee, the lovably quirky artiste, former MuchMusic VJ and Yorke’s pal, the odds go up appreciably.
The pair were spotted going eastward on a 501 car which was being redirected off of Queen and up Church Street, owing to what was reportedly panes of glass being blown off a new skyscraper being constructed at the corner of Yonge and Queen. While Sook-Yin was looking demure in her knitted cap, Yorke (or the Yorke doppelganger, as it were) looked positively dapper in a crackling black almost-patent leather jacket and a stylishly fuzzy black fedora. This suave look would directly contrast the rather carefree slacker sensibilities Yorke displayed during his appearance at the 2002 Grammy Awards at the end of February. Yorke, who was then sporting a rangy beard and disheveled mop of hair, was there to pick up an award for Best Recording Package for the elegantly designed limited special edition of Amnesiac.

Lee and Yorke have a long and checkered history together. The sometimes actress and sometimes member of The Wood Choppers Association met and befriended the Radiohead boys back in the early days when “Creep” was still stigmatizing them as sub-Nirvana imitators. Over the years, Lee’s been one of the few people in Canada to interview Yorke, doing so for a bizarre series of conversations on behalf of MuchMusic as well as for the June 2001 Chart Magazine cover story.

Yorke has always been known to mix the aloof with the everyman, so a trip through Toronto on the least subsidized transit system in all of North America isn’t entirely out of question. (Yorke also once spent the better part of a day lounging around reading magazines on a couch at a Calgary campus radio station where our news editor worked. He was apparently bored of being on the tour bus.)
And it’s not like Radiohead’s itinerary is full right now. Beyond drummer Phil Selway running in the London Marathon and the announcement of some continental European tour dates in late July and early August there’s been remarkably little news about the Radiohead clan.

Perhaps Yorke is just in Toronto to soak up some of the city’s rich entertainment and culture. He could have been in town for the recently concluded Hot Docs festival, featuring among other things, a fascinating Wesley Willis expose. Or perhaps Yorke’s got intentions of checking Yoko Ono’s exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario before it concludes on May 20. He could also be here for the glut of arty shows coming up this week: Antipop Consortium, Belle And Sebastian, David Sylvian, 1 Giant Leap, Rainer Maria? Or maybe he’s just got Leaf fever and needs to cheer the injury-depleted Buds in their holy playoff war against the least charismatic team in professional hockey, the Ottawa Senators.

Or maybe it was actually Remy Shand on the streetcar with Lee. In which case we’ll feel horribly embarrassed.
Aaron Brophy

(thanks to DeAnn)

GP Radiohead tour

Vote for Green Plastic!

After seeing the Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal shows, Green Plastic is taking a week vacation and will not be back until sometime late next week. We had a great time at the shows and even had a chance to meet the band and talk with them afterwards. It was also nice to meet Beryl from FMA!

Jonathan is included in a small article in the current issue of Spin magazine so make sure to check that out!

Also, while you’re here…. Please vote for Green Plastic in this year’s Online Music Awards! Last year we got 2nd runner-up thanks to your votes! Just click the button below! Thanks!

See you next week!

Amnesiac Radiohead tour

Canal + Concert

MTV USA will be airing the Canal + Radiohead show from Paris tomorrow (Friday) at 1am ET. {thanks to Eric, Daniel, & Steve}

Two more ticket auctions
You can now bid on tickets to both the Toronto and Montreal shows here. Proceeds go to charity!

An apple a day…
Nigel Godrich and Chris Bran are interviewed on the Apple site. {thanks to Fred}

Radiohead compared to Michael Bolton?
For a chuckle, read this review of Amnesiac. {thanks to Steve}

Knives Out on MuchMusic
MuchMusic will be playing the “Knives Out” video on their show “The Wedge” tomorrow at 11pm ET. {thanks to Laila}

OK Computer Radiohead tour

News for April 12, 1998

Hey, Radiohead will be interviewed on Canada’s MuchMusic today at 2pm EST.

While you’re in Toronto tonight to see the band, pick up a copy of the newest issue of Eye magazine. There is a nice article in it.

OK Computer Radiohead tour

News for March 14, 1998

Radiohead dropped 3 places on this week’s Billboard 200 to #40.

The show in Vancouver has moved from the PNE Forum to the Pacific Coliseum. This move has made more tickets available.

Corporate Tickets in Toronto have some tickets available for the Toronto show. or call (416) 537-4250

The new home video 7 Television Commercials will be released with an EP in America. There is no info on what will be included on this EP.

The new issue of CMJ New Music Monthly has a live version of No Surprises included in it’s free CD. The track was most likely recorded at last December’s Live at the 10 Spot gig on MTV.

The new EP, Airbag: How’s My Driving?, will include no new tracks: Airbag, Melatonin, Pearly*, A Reminder, Polyethylene (parts 1 & 2), Palo Alto, Meeting in the Aisle.

OK Computer Phil Selway Radiohead tour

News for January 28, 1998

correction: bjork will be opening up for radiohead in toronto on april 12, not march 12. please adjust your day planners accordingly.

rumors are everywhere! the latest: a cleveland DJ announced on January 13 that radiohead would be on the lollapalooza 1998 bill. sheesh! also rumors of a washington d.c. and new york gig in april.

for all you folks in australia, MTV australia will be showing a special about the band on february 8. the festivities include a videography, a rockumentary, and a live concert special (probably last month’s Live at the 10 Spot.)

radiohead came away from this year’s NME awards with Best Album for OK COMPUTER and Best Radio One Evening Session. Thom thanked the people rather reluctantly from japan over the phone. [from radiohead-announce]

one last note: phil reportedly didn’t return to the band’s encore at the Fukuoka gig due to illness. we all hope that he is OK now.