Radiohead will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2018 despite being a hot favourite in all of the nominees.
The band, who have just announced a 2018 tour of South America, booked to play a show in Buenos Aires, Argentina for April 14th which just so happens to be the same evening as the awards ceremony. Following the booking, a representative confirmed “they’re not attending” the ceremony, according to Consequence of Sound.
Earlier in the year, when asked about the accolade, Jonny Greenwood responded “I don’t care,” in an interview with Rolling Stone before Ed O’Brien added: “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.”
Then, in a new interview interview with Esquire recently, O’Brien further explained his feelings: “It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies,” he said.
“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?’”