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Radiohead have said their first Glastonbury headline slot in 1997 was ''a form of hell'' after it was plagued by technical difficulties.
Radiohead's first Glastonbury headline slot was ''a form of hell''.
The 'Creep' hitmakers are set to headline the famous English festival on Friday (23.06.17) after having previously performed in the top slot in 1997 and 2003, and have said their first foray into headlining the event 20 years ago put them into ''crisis mode''.
Their performance was riddled with technical difficulties, and guitarist Ed O'Brien has now recalled the moment their ''dream'' was transformed into ''a kind of hell''.
Continue reading: Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Slot Was 'hell'
Yorke told BBC Radio 6 Music that the technical issues during their iconic 1997 performance were so bad that he was on the verge of walking off stage.
It was the performance that came to be remembered as their defining moment as a band, but Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has revealed that he very nearly walked off stage during their headline slot at Glastonbury Festival twenty years ago.
The show, which took place a mere fortnight after the release of their masterpiece OK Computer in June 1997, was beset by technical hitches and production issues on the night, but Radiohead nevertheless delivered what is widely regarded to be the best Glasto performance ever, with most people present and watching at home on TV not noticing the problems.
During the encore of the set, Yorke even thanked the crowd for their patience because “all the speakers have been blowing up and stuff”.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke Reveals He Almost Walked Off Stage During Radiohead's 1997 Glastonbury Show
Radiohead's Thom Yorke to soundtrack horror reboot 'Suspiria'.
In an exciting new development for the forthcoming horror reboot 'Suspiria', it seems Thom Yorke will be taking the reins for the musical score in his his feature film soundtrack debut. It's set to be markedly different from the original music set down by Italian progressive rock band Goblin 40 years ago.
Thom Yorke pictured at Coachella 2017
'Thom's art transcends the contemporary', said director Luca Guadagnino in a statement. 'To have the privilege of his music and sound for 'Suspiria' is a dream come true. The depth of his creation and artistic vision is so unique that our 'Suspiria' will sound groundbreaking and will deeply resonate with viewers. Our goal is to make a movie that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.'
Continue reading: Thom Yorke's First Film Score Is Luca Guadagnino's 'Suspiria'
The Pembroke College lecturer has passed away at 48.
Thom Yorke's former partner Dr Rachel Owen has died at the age of 48 after a long battle with cancer. Her health had been slowly declining over the last year, but she continued to teach as a lecturer at an Oxford college until the very end.
Thom Yorke to bid farewell to former love Rachel Owen
Rachel Owen, a Retained Lecturer in Italian, photographer and artist, passed away on Sunday (December 18th 2016) according to a bulletin announcement on the Pembroke College Oxford website. Despite her diagnosis of cancer in the last year or so, she carried on teaching and only stopped around two weeks ahead of her death.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke's Ex-Partner Rachel Owen Loses Her Battle With Cancer
Yorke played a half-hour set of Radiohead songs at his neighbour's garden party on Sunday - see pictures and a video!
Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke surprised guests at a small Oxford garden party this weekend by performing a short set of songs.
A Reddit user posted the news on Sunday afternoon (June 12th), after apparently receiving a text from his father reading: “in Oxford at [a] garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Tom York of Radiohead!”
Later on, a video shot by another attendee at the party surfaced, showing the frontman sat with just an acoustic guitar. It’s said that Yorke performed for around 30 minutes, playing ‘Desert Island Disk’, ‘No Surprises’, ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’, ‘Reckoner’ and ‘I Might Be Wrong’.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke Plays Surprise Gig At Oxford Garden Party
The track will be available to download at one minute past midnight on Wednesday (May 4th), and is the first to be taken from their as-yet-untitled 9th album.
Hours after teasing fans with two mysterious, animated short clips via Instagram, Radiohead have delighted their legions of followers by releasing the music video for a new single ‘Burn the Witch’, the first from their brand new forthcoming album.
The Oxford five-piece, renowned for their ground-breaking albums, have spent most of 2016 dropped small clues online about a possible new release. Two days ago, on May 1st, they had removed virtually their entire online presence, whiting out their official website and deleting the content of their Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook accounts.
Continue reading: Radiohead Release Video For New Track 'Burn The Witch'
Tickets for the three dates at the London venue in May are now changing hands for thousands of pounds.
Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has said that he’s “f***ed off” that thousands of fans have struggled to get hold of tickets for the band’s London shows later this year, with second-hand tickets already changing hands for nearly £4,000 online.
Massive demand for the three nights at London’s intimate Roundhouse venue meant that tickets sold out in under one hour when they went on sale at 9am on Friday (March 18th). The Roundhouse only has a capacity of 3,300, meaning that the total availability of tickets over three nights amounted to less than 10,000.
It will be the first British dates that the legendary indie group has played since they did two nights at the O2 Arena back in 2012 – a venue that has a capacity of 20,000.
Continue reading: Radiohead Fans Angry And Disappointed As Roundhouse Tickets Sell Out Rapidly
The band have just dropped a massive tour announcement, but new artwork suggests they may have more surprises to come.
Radiohead have announced a world tour which will see the band visit 11 countries and play at least 22 shows. News of the tour has caused fans to speculate that the band’s ninth studio album could be on the way and their social media pages have been updated with to feature new artwork, reminiscent of the work by long-time collaborator Stanley Donwood.
Radiohead will play a series of shows in addition to festival dates, go here for details: https://t.co/lbrOF9kmw3 pic.twitter.com/ejaiQLK61R— Radiohead (@radiohead) March 14, 2016
Continue reading: Radiohead Announce World Tour. Is A New Album On The Way?
The legendary alternative rock group is rumoured to be releasing its ninth album at some point this year - sooner rather than later, if this speculation is correct.
Radiohead fans searching the stars, scanning the horoscopes and reading tea leaves in the hope of discovering when the band might finally release its next album might have some heartening news. The five band members have set up a new company - something they did a few months before releasing their last two albums.
Fans on the Radiohead forum At Ease have ascertained that the band founded a company called Dawn Chorus LLP in October 2015, with the five officers named as the five members of the group (Thom Yorke, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway).
Radiohead to release a new album imminently?
Continue reading: Radiohead Drop Hint At New Album With Company Formation
Cumberbatch has asked if Santa could help “solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children”.
‘Sherlock Holmes’ star Benedict Cumberbatch is among the celebrities sharing their letters to Santa this year, as part of the Letters Live series, marking national letter writing day. In his letter Cumberbatch states that Christmas has been “bastardised to represent materialism gone mad” and asks for Santa to help distract children from “from the realities of a world gone mad”.
Benedict Cumberbatch has shared his letter to Santa.
"This is what I'd like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness,” Cumberbatch wrote. "Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears.”
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads List Of Celebrity Letters To Santa
Yorke says that the business models that allow YouTube and its parent company Google to prosper are damaging artists.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has blasted YouTube and Google for having “seized control” of art like Nazi Germany did during the Second World War, in a new interview with an Italian magazine.
Yorke, who once described Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”, has been consistently outspoken on musicians’ relationships to the music industry. Speaking to La Repubblica at the weekend, he lambasted the ethical stances of YouTube and its parent company Google.
Thom Yorke attacked YouTube and Google in a new interview
Continue reading: Thom Yorke Compares YouTube And Google To "Nazis" For Stealing Art
‘Old Times’ will open in September on Broadway.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has written what’s been described as an ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for an new Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve Best at New York’s Roundabout theatre.
Thom Yorke has composed the score for a production of Old Times on Broadway.
In a statement about the project Yorke said he'd "enjoyed exploring through music the script's themes of love and memory as well as Pinter's rhythms, twists and turns.”
Continue reading: Radiohead's Thom Yorke Composes Score For Pinter Play On Broadway
Thom Yorke and John Updike found themselves on the cover of the curious publication.
Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, has found himself on the front cover of an Iranian sex manual titled Marital and Sexual Problems in Men. The book was spotted at an Iranian bookstore by journalist Sobhan Hassanvand, who tweeted an image a few days ago.
Thom Yorke stars on the cover of a sex manuel in Iran
Bizarrely, Yorke isn't the only famous person to appear on the cover, with the American literary icon John Updike also pictured. It's unclear why either of the men have found themselves on the cover, other than the fact they both look a little upset. Hassanvand said the guide is aimed at solving sex problems between couples in Iran.
Continue reading: Thom Yorke On Cover Of Iranian Sex Manual (Nobody Knows Why)
During an interview about his next solo record, the Radiohead guitarist spoke a bit about the band's new album, currently being recorded.
There’s always a tingle of anticipation when it comes to a new Radiohead album, and it seems that fans are going to be in for something a bit unexpected next time. Jonny Greenwood, the band’s guitarist, has indicated that the band has “changed our method” again.
In an interview with The Sunday Guardian, conversation turned to the group’s planned follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, the recording process for which has been under way for “a couple of months”.
Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead
Continue reading: Jonny Greenwood Talks New Radiohead Album: "We've Changed Our Method"
What will this change mean for the way the charts are compiled?
After a veritable explosion in the usage of online music streaming services over the past few years it has recently been announced that the UK singles chart will incorporate streaming sites into its accumulation of data. Previously, the chart was completed by both physical and online sales but the new-fangled incorporation of streaming services looks set to alter the makeup of the singles chart forever. What’s more, the fact that streaming services are being incorporated highlights a distinct shift in the way consumers are choosing to listen to music- eschewing physical and even digital purchases in favour of instant access to vast archives of music from a myriad of eras and styles.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead has been a vocal critic of streaming services due to royalty issues.
Continue reading: Singles Chart To Include Streaming Services
Want to listen to Thom Yorke or Atoms for Peace on Spotify? Forget it.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has pulled both his solo songs and those made with group Atoms For Peace from music streaming service Spotify over the company's current royalties model. Yorke and his long-time producer Nigel Godrich took to Twitter this week to explain their reasoning for yanking the tracks.
"The numbers don't even add up for Spotify yet. But it's not about that. It's about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable," Godrich tweeted. "Meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right."
He continued: "Streaming suits [back] catalogue. But [it] cannot work as a way of supporting new artists' work. Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. [Streaming services] have no power without new music."
Continue reading: How To Disappear Completely: Thom Yorke Yanks Songs From Spotify
After having to receive surgery at an early age to have his right eye opened, Thom Yorke stated that he suffered from terrible self-consciousness.
Thom Yorke, the frontman for the band Radiohead, used to be very self-conscious of his unusual eye. The musician was born with his right eye fused shut, and had to have corrective surgery to open it, although it is still noticeable different. He admits that while he was a teenager, he disliked it, although he gained a huge confidence boost when a woman referred to is as his 'best feature'.
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In a recent interview aimed at teenagers, Yorke stated that : ''When I was your age I was convinced that girls would think that was really not nice at all. I worked in this pub and this old woman - she was so funny - she used to come in all the time, and she was the first person who really said to me, 'It's the nicest thing about you.' ''
Continue reading: Radiohead Frontman Talks About His Self-Consciousness Over His Right Eye
Radiohead front man's new super group release their first album today
Much as My Bloody Valentine did by dropping their latest album at a couple of days notice, so Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace have sent the music press scurrying to desperately make their opinion public first, in light of the release of their debut album together, AMOK.
Atoms For Peace, which includes Radiohead front man Thom Yorke, as well as producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, among others, streamed their album for a limited time on their official site last week ahead of its official release today (February 25, 2013), following reports that it had been leaked onto the internet, and the group have since played their first show in it's support – appearing in London last Friday (February 22, 2013). But what do the critics think of the LP? Opinion seems divided; Uncut magazine couldn’t be more effusive in their praise, writing “A team of skilled journeymen falling in behind an enigmatic guru and his ominous yet often curiously groovy vision.” Clash Magazine back that up, claiming “Amok provides a murky and complicated landscape that sounds like very little else - except the scorched testing ground from which we’ll witness Yorke deservedly going atomic once again.”
However, The Daily Telegraph aren’t so convinced; they say “Yorke seems to have become increasingly conflicted about the very idea of communication, his fondness for cliché indicating a tendency towards self-sabotage.” Their sentiments are backed up by Pitchfork, who write “No doubt these songs will go down a storm in a live setting. But, given the caliber of players Yorke has on hand this time around, it's disappointing that we still have to make that assumption.” Among the chances that Atoms For Peace have to convince live include Melt Festival in Germany, where they’ve recently been confirmed as headliners for the weekend of July 19-21st.
Continue reading: Atoms For Peace Release AMOK Today; But How Do Thom Yorke & Co. Fare With The Critics?
...If he uses any Radiohead songs in an electoral campaign, that is. Mr Yorke issued a fairly frank warning to Britain's Prime Minster in a rare interview with Drowned in Sound (via NME).
"Politics is not a fun thing to write about... I can't say I love the idea of a banker liking our music, or David Cameron. I can't believe he'd like [Radiohead's last album] The King of Limbs much. But I also equally think, who cares?" Yorke said. He continued: "As long as he doesn't use it for his election campaigns, I don't care. I'd sue the living shit out of him if he did." It's not the first time the Prime Minister has come under fire for using music in his election campaign (even though he hasn't actually used any of Radiohead's music) - the members of Keane criticised Mr Cameron for using the band's song 'Everybody's Changing' before the last election in 2010. At the time, frontman Richard Hughes tweeted: "The Tories played Keane at their manifesto launch. Am horrified. To be clear - we were not asked. I will not vote for them."
In 1997, the Labour Party used D:Ream's track Things Can Only Get Better as the keynote anthem for its campaign. But lead singer Peter Cunnah reportedly said: "I didn't mind it being used at the time because my band was nearly finished and I thought it would make us part of history." (via Sky News)
Sadly, producer, director, and "experiencer" Arquette did exactly one thing well: the title. All We Are Saying is appropriately a dull, bloated gab marathon. And since she didn't clear the featured artists' music for the movie, it's all talk, no song, not even a few bars from a stage performance. Imagine The Aristocrats without the joke, stretched out over 105 minutes.
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