Radiohead tune in again
RADIOHEAD release a new single on August 21, ‘Just’, and have announced a full UK tour.
The band, currently supporting REM in Europe, have written ten songs including ‘Lucky’, which was previewed at a gig in Berlin last Monday (August 1). More new tracks will be released before the end of the year as B-sides. Likely future A-sides are ‘Nice Dream’ and a Christmas release of ‘Street Spirit’ both from their current ‘The Bends’ LP.
Radiohead tour the UK at Glasgow Barrowlands (October 31), Leeds Town & Country Club (November 1), Manchester Academy (2), London Brixton Academy (4), Nottingham Rock City (5), Cambridge Corn Exchange (6) and Southampton Guildhall (7).
Bassist Colin Greenwood told NME: “Everyone is on a high. The general mood hasn’t been as consistently good for quite a long time. We seem to have decided that if we are going to be doing this for so long then we may as well enjoy it. And we really are doing it on our own terms because we haven’t had the exposure that other bands have. We are being accepted by people on our own terms and we are relaxing more and enjoying it. It’s a liberating experience.”
Greenwood also scotched rumours that his brother Johnny [sic] uses a vibrator to play his guitar, following a report in the Daily Star which claimed he used the sex toy during their REM gig at Milton Keynes Bowl (July 30). Colin said: “I can dispel that rumour. It’s not a vibrator, it’s actually a finger massager.”
Radiohead have just completed a tour of the USA and Japan. They will return to the US for a month-long support tour with REM later this month.
Greenwood added: “The US tour was very successful. We were playing 600 to 800-capacity clubs, and then we went to 50,000-venues with REM. It was good in the US. People were surprised by ‘The Bends’. They thought we only had one song ‘Creep’. It was amazing. And it’s great to hear people like REM saying they are fans of the band.
“We met REM at a party in Berlin. They invited us to join them and they were very accommodating. It was after a gig at this stadium which was built in 1936 as a boxing arena for the Olympics. The party was at this officer’s mess. Me and Johnny [sic] were army brats.”
Greenwood has also revealed further details of the Japanese-based ‘Phil Is Great’ fan club, which is in honour of Radiohead drummer Phil Selway.
He said: “That was brilliant. There were 13 of them who were worried that Phil was missing out in the attention stakes.
“We had this party and they had to eat Phil’s favourite meal, which was probably steak and potatoes – basically anything without fish. And then we played party games and the two winners got to hug Phil.”
A new Radiohead album is unlikely to be released until autumn next year.