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Radiohead are in online discussions about 'Kid A' 20th anniversary

It’s not just you and your boos who have been having fun in Zoom meetings, it’s also alt-rock giants like Radiohead. The group have been in “online meetings” to discuss a special anniversary.

In a new interview with NME, birthday boy Ed O’Brien has shared that Radiohead are in the middle of online discussions about how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal record Kid A.

While O’Brien, on the promo circuit for his own solo album, Earth had previously said that the band were intent on “doing their own thing” for the foreseeable future. But with Kid A‘s 20th anniversary perhaps there’s something more to look out for.

“We’re an ongoing band and have online meetings – there was a Zoom call recently,” O’Brien told NME. “We’re talking about stuff, but for the foreseeable future everyone is doing their own thing. When it feels right to plug back into Radiohead, then we will.”

“We’ve had different chapters in Radiohead life. Up until the end of OK Computer was one chapter; Kid A through to A Moon Shaped Pool was another chapter. We’ve sort of drawn a line now and are wondering what the next chapter will be. That’s what we’ll figure out next.”

But what about the upcoming anniversaries of 200’s Kid A and 2001’s Amnesiac? “Due to the nature of it, I can’t fully reveal anything – but there have been talks about ways of doing something,” he replied to NME.

“Everything gets thrown up in the air with coronavirus, so a lot of ideas are being mooted. It would be nice to honour it, but then there’s the struggle – how can you get that excited about an album that came out 20 years ago? I can’t. I’m thankful it was a moment and know that it means a lot to people, but it was a long time ago.”

He concluded: “Personally speaking, looking back is not something I ever do. The past feels like a long time ago and isn’t something that feels important. Obviously I’m thankful that there’s an appetite for it. I’m not a fan of Radiohead, I’m in Radiohead. It’s a very different experience for me.”