Last month, the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced, with Radiohead heading the class. For most who are nominated, it is undoubtedly an honor, but the British rock veterans are indifferent, to say the least.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Radiohead’s members shared their sentiments about the award ceremony. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said, “I don’t care. Maybe it’s a cultural thing that I really don’t understand.” Ed O’Brien agreed, adding, “I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. He continued, “It just feels non-authentic to us.”
Now they’ve solidified their ambivalence on the topic at hand: They just announced a string of South American tour dates that guarantees their absence from the ceremony. On the night of the induction, April 14, Radiohead is scheduled to play a concert in Buenos Aires, so there’s definitely no chance of them making it to Cleveland that night. On top of that, a rep for the band confirmed to Pitchfork, “They’re not attending.” That seals the deal: They really don’t care.
Radiohead South American Tour Dates:
11 – Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional (SUE Festival)
14 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Tecnopolis (Soundhearts Festival)
17 – Lima, Peru @ Estadio Nacional (Soundhearts Festival)
20 – Rio de Janerio, Brazil @ Parque Olimpico (Soundhearts Festival)
22 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque (Soundhearts Festival)
25 – Bogota, Colombia @ Parque 222 (Soundhearts Festival)