Radiohead will not attend Rock Hall ceremony

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This year’s inductees to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame haven’t been announced, but if Radiohead gets the nod as expected, they’re apparently not planning on being at the induction ceremony.

Speculation started earlier today when Radiohead announced shows for a 2018 South American tour. One of them, the April 14 date in Buenos Aires, is on the same date as the induction ceremony.

Later in the day, Stereogum reported that a representative of the band confirmed they would not be in attendance at the ceremony.

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The band has made it clear on multiple occasions they’re lukewarm at best at the prospect of being inducted into the Rock Hall. Most recently, guitarist Ed O’Brien expressed the band’s ambivalence in an interview with Esquire.

“As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it,” O’Brien said. “It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves. One of the things I’ve always loved about coming over to America is American bands you can always have a really good chat with and you could talk. With British bands, there was a lot of hostility. It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies. We haven’t had great experiences. I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I’m honest I don’t understand it. It’s just kind of a British person going, ‘Okay, thanks, what does this mean?’ It’s a little bit thin on black artists and hip-hop artists. I’m just speaking as a fan of American music, I would have thought that Dr. Dre should have been in there two years ago. His name should be first on the list way ahead of Radiohead.”

This year’s inductees will be announced in December. It would be a surprise if Radiohead weren’t among the winners, even if they don’t have much interest in being one.

Photo credit: By Tim Cochrane from London, UK (Radiohead) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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