Though the band members have repeatedly spoken out about their lack of concern towards being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, it still seems ironic that Radiohead has booked a show on the exact date the ceremony is to take place in Cleveland.
And the band seems to be completely out of the way, considering the April 14 show that coincides with the ceremony is booked for Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of a South American tour.
It will be interesting to see if things change should Radiohead be announced as one of the inductees in the coming weeks. That being said, it seems most unlikely that they will. Most recently, guitarist Ed O’Brien told Esquire this about the Rock Hall:
“As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it,” he told Esquire. “It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves. It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies. We haven’t had great experiences.”
“I don’t care,” guitarist Jonny Greenwood succinctly mentioned in a prior interview with Rolling Stone. “Maybe it’s a cultural thing that I really don’t understand. I mean, from the outside it looks like … it’s quite a self-regarding profession anyway. And anything that heightens that just makes me feel even more uncomfortable.”
This is assuredly a major setback for the organizers of the event, who probably had to have been counting on Radiohead to liven up the eventual broadcast of the event itself. But the heart of the matter is, Radiohead is going to continue being Radiohead, and even without the conflicting schedule, the chances of them actually appearing to an event like this were always tenuous at best.
Check out the South American tour dates below.
Radiohead South American Tour Spring 2018
04/11: Santiago, Chile – Estadio Nacional (Sue Festival)
04/14: Buenos Aires, Argentina – Tecnopolis (Soundhearts Festival)
04/17: Lima, Peru – Estadio Nacional (Soundhearts Festival)
04/20: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Parque Olimpico (Soundhearts Festival)
04/22: Sao Paolo, Brazil – Allianz Parque (Soundhearts Festival)
04/25: Bogota, Colombia – Parque 222 (Soundhearts Festival)
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat