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These are hard times for the music industry. Radiohead’s guitarist Ed O’Brien confirms it. The band was planning a tour for 2021, but because of Coronavirus, nothing is sure anymore.
In the times when a lot of artists and bands are cancelling or rescheduling their tours, it seems that Radiohead also found themselves in a bit complicated situation. They have not performed since 2018. In an interview for Noise 11, Ed O’Brien, Radiohead’s guitarist, confirms the difficult situation: “What happens next with Radiohead? I don’t know. We’ve been talking about live dates next year but that was pre-coronavirus. (…) There are no plans. This album is the start of another musical journey for me. I’ve just turned 52 but being in music is like perpetual youth. I don’t feel different physically to 20 years ago. I’m just a lot more grounded.”
Will we see the English band perform live next year? No one knows the answer yet. However, there is still some good news. Radiohead is broadcasting some of their shows on their official YouTube Channel. So until we get reunited again, stay home, wash your hands, and sing from your living room!
Because of the situation the world is living in, plans are changing for many other artists as well. Taylor Swift and Pearl Jam have cancelled their 2020 summer tours. Some artists and bands are also rescheduling their tours and confirming new dates for 2021, like Pearl Jam that already announced 2021 festivals like Lollapalooza Paris and Stockholm.
Radiohead is one of the most innovative alternative bands. The band started in 1985 in England, when Thom Yorke, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, Johnny Greenwood and Colin Greenwood met in school. They released their debut album Pablo Honey in 1993. Eight more albums followed with their latest one A Moon Shaped Pool being released in 2016. In the following years, the band toured around the world performing at many different festivals including Glastonbury in 2017. The band was also inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.