Radiohead are preparing to record a new album. The "Lotus Flower" band will regroup at the end of the summer to start work on their first new tracks since 2011.
"We're taking some time out whilst people are doing some other stuff, doing their own things, and the plan is to get back together again [at the] end of the summer," bass player Colin Greenwood told BBC Radio 6 Music.
Radiohead - Colin, brother Johnny Greenwood, Thom Yorke, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien - released their eighth album, The King Of Limbs, in 2011 and played a world tour last year. The band are currently taking a break while the individual members work on different projects.
Perhaps the band will take a more commercial direction with their next album, as Thom has previously admitted The King of Limbs divided their fanbase: "I can see why it's alienated people. I didn't realize it was on its own planet. It was amazing just to put the record out like that. But then it didn't feel like it really existed. But that was the consequence of what we chose to do. You can either get upset about it, or say, 'well, that's not good enough.'"
Billy Corgan claims the music industry "operates on a dumbing down principle."
The Smashing Pumpkins singer and guitarist feels only a few bands, such as Radiohead, get to keep their integrity and "intelligence" on the records they make. "It's incredible to me how sophisticated people really are when you give them the opportunity to be sophisticated. The music business essentially operates on a dumbing down principle. How dumb do we have to go to sell this record to the most amount of people? There are very few bands who are able to keep their intelligence on record, Radiohead are a good example. They have a very high message and are still very popular. But for the most part the charts are dominated by music that's essentially dumbed down in melody, style, tone, texture, and message because it reaches the most amount of people," he said.
Radiohead have postponed a string of European concerts.
The "Karma Police" hitmakers are delaying seven shows which were due to take place at the end of this month and the beginning of next following the collapse of their stage in Toronto last weekend, which resulted in the death of one crew member and injuries to three others.
"Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule," they said in a statement.
The statement also noted that the tragedy had "destroyed" the group's spectacular light show, so the postponement of the shows will help put the visuals back together: "The collapse also destroyed the light show - this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace."
Billy Corgan has lashed out at Radiohead.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has blasted the Oxford band as "pompous" and says he is horrified that some people think Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore.
"I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and p****d on rock more than I have. Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to p**s on. Because I'm not p***ing on Rainbow. I'm not p***ing on Deep Purple. But I'll p**s on f*****g Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in."
Kasabian want to keep reinventing themselves "like Radiohead."
The "Days Are Forgotten" group look up to their peers and they way they have evolved their sound on every album and use it as a guide for their own career.
"We always try to reinvent ourselves in the way that a band like Radiohead would do. Or we come at things from another angle," said singer Tom Meighan.
Tom added that the band - completed by Sergio Pizzorno, Chris Edwards, Ian Matthews and Jay Mehler - wanted to try more simple songwriting on their latest album Velociraptor!, after the psychedelic edge of their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
"West Ryder was our concept record. We were gonna make our crazy, psychedelia record, which it was, with all these crazy songs in it and then Velociraptor! was back to normal, 'back-to-basic' songwriting. Good songwriting, good pop songs," he said.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea was influenced by touring with Radiohead singer Thom Yorke. The bassist played with the British singer in supergroup Atoms for Peace - which also included punk singer Patti Smith and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn - and said it really helped broaden his musical horizon.
"It influenced me being around Thom. He's an unbelievably great musician and a beautiful man. He's so pure as an artist. It's less that I would try to copy him and more that just being around someone who channels really powerful energy is beneficial. It's a relationship I will always hope to nurture."
In honor of Conan O’Brien’s 47th birthday, here’s a clip of the new TBS host covering Radiohead’s “Creep.”
O’Brien made the impromptu performance during a soundcheck prior to The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour‘s stop in Eugene, Oregon on April 12.
Happy Birthday, Coco!
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As hard you might find it to believe, Ke$ha wasn’t always brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack. At one point in her life, she was just your average teenager who liked to sing Radiohead at her middle school talent shows. (Granted, she could have still been drinking whiskey at the time.)
After watching 13-year-old Kesha Sebert perform “Karma Police,” answer this: Was Jessica Simpson’s high-waisted jeans look was inspired by this moment?
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John Lydon - also known as the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten - has accused two hugely successful bands of lacking “heart and soul.”
“Coldplay and Radiohead bug the hell out of me because it’s so soulless. It just seems pointless. It’s nice but it’s tosh. They don’t care about you. They care about lining their coffers,” he fumed to BBC radio station 6 Music. “There’s nothing about heart and soul, they don’t know about heart and soul, they don’t know about people dying, living and aspiring.”
The punk singer’s offhand opinion may not be entirely founded, as Radiohead famously released their last album, In Rainbows, to fans on a pay-what-you-like basis - with many choosing to pay nothing.
U2 are scheduled to headline the Glastonbury Festival next year.
The music event’s organizer Michael Eavis has signed up the Irish rockers - Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. - to perform for the first time at the world famous festival which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.
“Everyone is over the moon that the deal has been done. Michael really wanted a huge name for the 40th anniversary and the fact U2 have never played Glastonbury in their 32-year career only adds to the mystique,” a source said.
The “Get On Your Boots” hitmakers - who will headline the festival on Friday June 25, in Somerset, England - have been in discussions with Michael, 74, for some time.
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