Radiohead 2018 'little tour': everything you need to know
Having just finished up their ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ world tour and festival appearances in 2017, Radiohead plan to take a break from band life to focus on solo projects… but not before they go on a “little tour” in 2018!
Here’s everything we know about Radiohead’s 2018 UK tour plans.
Radiohead 2018 tour - what we know so far
The band has announced a series of dates in South America, including Chile, Argentina and Brazil, but no news yet regarding UK and Europe shows.
Then, Radiohead's North American tour was confirmed with 16 dates, prompting fans to speculate about UK concerts being announced soon.
In an interview with BBC Radio Two during TRNSMT festival, guitarist Ed O’Brien said that although each band member has their own projects they want to focus on, there would still be live performances from Radiohead as a collective in 2018.
He said, “We will hang up our Radioheads… it’s time for everyone to go off and do their own thing for a bit,” before adding that there would be a “little tour” at some point in the year.
The tour will likely be similar to Radiohead’s most recent live shows. It’s unlikely the band will create a brand new tour experience as it seems there are no plans to release new music as Radiohead any time soon.
The setlist for the tour will probably feature several tracks from the band’s third album ‘OK Computer’, which saw a reissue in 2017, as well as from their latest record 'A Moon Shaped Pool'.
Here is the average setlist for Radiohead’s 2017 live shows, including festivals.
- Desert Island Disk
- Ful Stop
- 15 Step
- All I Need
- Pyramid Song
- Let Down
- Everything in Its Right Place
- Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
- The Numbers
- No Surprises
- You and Whose Army?
- Lotus Flower
- Paranoid Android
- Karma Police
Radiohead posted videos of entire concerts from 2016 and 2017 on their YouTube channel, including their set at Coachella festival.
Radiohead’s latest album: ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’
Radiohead’s most recent tour promoted their latest album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, the band’s ninth studio album and sixth UK number one. It was also nominated for a string of awards, including the Mercury Prize and two Grammys.
The album featured several songs that had been written years earlier but never recorded: ‘True Love Waits’ (1995), ‘Burn The Witch’ (2000) and ‘Present Tense’ (2008).
Radiohead promoted the album with two singles. The first was ‘Burn The Witch’, which was accompanied by an animated video in the style of ‘Camberwick Green’. It was also strongly influenced by British horror film ‘The Wicker Man’.
The second single ‘Daydreaming’ came with a video by Oscar-nominated film director Paul Thomas Anderson (‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘Magnolia’). The film was screened in select cinemas in 35mm.
OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
In 2017, Radiohead released a reissue of their seminal album ‘OK Computer’ (renamed ‘OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017’) to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary.
The new version of the album featured three previously unreleased tracks, which the band released as singles with accompanying music videos.
‘Man of War’ was written back in 1995 and the band performed the track on tour, but they were ultimately unsatisfied with their original recording.
‘Lift’ is a fan favourite that didn’t see the light of day until the reissue. The video sees lead singer Thom Yorke take a strange journey in a lift, featuring appearances from characters from previous Radiohead videos.
Radiohead have expressed regret about not releasing ‘I Promise’ at the time of its recording, calling it one of the “craziest things we did”. Pitchfork hailed the track “stunning”.
Radiohead plan to take a break in 2017 to focus on their solo projects.
Thom Yorke will be touring the US in December 2017. His most recent solo album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ was released independently through BitTorrent in 2014 and was the most downloaded legal torrent of the year.
UPDATE: On top of his US tour, Thom Yorke will also perform a series of UK concerts.
The singer is set to play three tour dates in the UK this summer.
- Edinburgh, Usher Hall (UK) - June 7
- London, Roundhouse (UK) - June 8
- Manchester, Palace Theatre (UK) - June 10
Meanwhile, guitarist Jonny Greenwood is set to release his 2014 orchestral piece ‘Water’ on vinyl on November 10th. The musician - who also has a reel of film scores under his belt - served as the resident composer for the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2012.
Older brother Colin Greenwood is a budding photographer when not serving as Radiohead’s bassist. He has contributed to both his brother’s and Yorke’s solo albums.
Guitarist Ed O’Brien has also announced a solo album which was due for release in 2017, but there has been no further updates.
Drummer Philip Selway has released two solo albums - ‘Familial’ and ‘Weatherhouse’ - on which he sings and plays lead guitar.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest on Radiohead’s 2018 tour dates.