Radiohead, while occasionally punk in spirit, haven’t exactly been the most punk throughout their career: They play arenas. They offer big emotional moments—when they aren’t forewarning us about the internet or climate change wreaking havoc on our trash earth. Turns out, they might’ve been saving one of their most punk gestures for late in their career.
Thom Yorke and the gang were nominated for the final round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voting in October. Radiohead are favorites to be inducted next year, but the band apparently wants no part of the ceremony.
Guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Rolling Stone: “I don’t care,” when asked about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in June. Ed O’Brien was a little more diplomatic:
I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing. Brits are not very good at slapping ourselves on the back. It seems very show-biz and I’m not very show-biz. We haven’t even been asked. I don’t want to be rude. But if you ask me what I’d rather be doing that night, I’d rather be sitting at home in front of the fire or going to a gig.
A gig it is! Today, Radiohead announced a round of tour dates for spring 2018—one of which directly overlaps with the Rock Hall’s induction ceremony (On April 14, they perform in Buenos Aires, Argentina.)
Consequence of Sound reached out to a representative for the band for comment earlier today, confirming that “they’re not attending” if inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They probably will be. With that, Yorke and co. have the opportunity to join other legends who skipped the ceremony (usually over petty personal drama) like Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Axl Rose, Roger Waters, and more. And then there’s the case of literal angel Joni Mitchell, who skipped the ceremony to reconnect with her daughter.