As promised, Radiohead will finally embark on a tour in support of The King of Limbs starting in February 2012, over a year after releasing their latest album. However, residents of states that gave Electoral College votes to Barack Obama will have to wait longer to see Radiohead: The first leg of the band's 2012 U.S. tour has been revealed, and it only visits hardened red states and a few purple states. That means two stops in Florida, including the tour-opening concerts in Miami on February 27th, a visit to Georgia, three shows in Texas, two in Missouri, and Colorado. The first leg wraps up on March 15th in Glendale, Arizona, where every other band is refusing to perform because of the controversial immigrant law SB 1070. Check out the tour dates and pre-sale info at Dead Air Space.
In an effort to prevent splitting the country and starting another Civil War, Radiohead promise to add more shows soon. This trek marks the first time since 2003's Hail to the Thief jaunt that Radiohead has assembled a tour of U.S. arenas; in the past eight years, the band has played mostly amphitheaters, festival gigs, and the rare smaller venue. However, notice that Radiohead is moving westward when the first leg ends. It's been rumored that the group (and No Doubt) will headline both weekends of Coachella in April 2012, and the first leg of the itinerary currently leaves them free to perform in Indio, California on the weekends of April 13th and 20th. (And if Radiohead ends up playing Coachella, pencil them in for Bonnaroo, too.)
Accompanying Radiohead on their Red State tour (it's not actually called that) are Oklahoma folk rockers Other Lives. "Opened for Radiohead" is a pretty nice item to put on your resume; just ask Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes, Liars, the Beta Band, and Modeselektor, all of whom saw their popularity increase after touring with the King of Limbs quintet. Watch Other Lives' video for "For 12," a song that has some striking similarities to Kid A's "How to Disappear Completely." (No wonder why Radiohead likes these guys):
- Barack Obama