Ed O'Brien OK Computer Radiohead tour

News for June 10, 1998

It’s been forever since I last updated, so let me attempt to catch up…

As many of you know, Radiohead has pretty much ended their campaign for OK COMPUTER. No more singles, no more videos. The only scheduled appearance they have is the Tibetan Freedom Concert this weekend (June 13 & 14) in Washington DC. The show is sold out, but there will be a live webcast. For more info on that, check out

the line-up for the show is listed below:
Saturday, June 13, 1998
Opening: Monks & Nuns
Money Mark
Wei Jingsheng (speaker)
Patti Smith
Palden Gyatso (speaker)
Dave Matthews
Herbie Hancock and Guru
with the Headhunters
Tracy Chapman
Sonic Youth
Drepung Loseling Monks
Closing: Monks & Nuns
Sunday, June 14, 1998
Opening: Monks & Nuns
Buffalo Daughter
Sean Lennon
Xiao Qiang (speaker)
Luscious Jackson
Nawang Khechog
Blues Traveler
Palden Gyatso (speaker)
Wyclef Jean
The Wallflowers
A Tribe Called Quest
Drepung Loseling Monks
The Verve
Beastie Boys
Pearl Jam
Closing: Monks & Nuns

As previously reported on, the documentary was filmed over the past year, with ‘No Surprises’ video director Grant Gee tracking Radiohead as they toured the world in support of ‘OK Computer’. No release date for the movie has been set yet.

Speaking to NME last week, Ed O’Brien said the film was now being edited and that a “low-key” premiere was being planned. He said: “It’s coming on really well. We went down last week and saw some of the rushes. Grant’s got about eight hours’ worth of stuff and it’s got to be condensed, obviously. It’s very honest, but it’s not a rockumentary, that’s the last thing we wanted it to be because that would be so Spinal Tap.”

Ed said the main thrust of the film was to convey the strange life of a rock group on the road, so they gave the director free rein. “I mean, you make a record within the confines of the five of you, and whoever else, then after that, you go out and tour this record and that’s when it gets bizarre, then it’s the rock’n’roll circus thing. It’s not normality and it’s not real. It’s his slant on that and I think it’s going to be quite interesting.”

Ed scotched widespread stories there would be a new Radiohead album before the end of this year, although he admitted that they have been recording in the back of the tourbus while they toured the last album.

He said: “We demoed stuff and things like that. But basically, I think an album has to be recorded over a certain period of time. So we’ll start work on it properly in November.” OK COMPUTER has gone platinum in the US.

The 7 Television Commercials will be released the United States on June 30.

Radiohead picked up two awards at the Ivor Novello Awards last month:

Ed O'Brien OK Computer Radiohead Thom Yorke tour

News for January 9, 1998

the thom/ DJ shadow collaboration on the U.N.K.L.E. project should be released soon. the title is “rabbit in your headlights.”

radiohead has been nominated for awards in the NME brat awards this year for best band, best album, best single (paranoid android), best video (paranoid android), and radio 1 evening session of the year. the winners will be announced on january 27.

from NME:
RADIOHEAD are releasing a fly-on-the wall documentary later this year charting their ‘OK Computer’ world tour. The documentary is being made by ‘No Surprises’ video-maker Grant Gee and will be premiered on UK television before hitting the stores on longform video.

Radiohead bassist Ed O’Brien explained: “We didn’t want a ‘rockumentary’, a warts’n’all type thing that Spinal Tap sends up completely and is brilliant for. Grant’s been shooting us since we started promotion on the album in Barcelona. He’s got some really good stuff.”

Gee continued: “The real challenge is to try and make a rockumentary about a rock band that doesn’t feel like it’s a ‘rockumentary’. Radiohead deserve more than that. I wanted to make a documentary that fits the imagery of ‘OK Computer’.”

Meanwhile, the band have announced that they will not be playing any festival gigs in the UK this year. O’Brien told London alternative radio station XFM during an interview on January 6 that the band still had to play Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the US, but then they would spend the rest of the year recording. A new Radiohead album is promised for 1999.