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Chicago city drowns out Radiohead bid

Chicago has rejected a bid by Radiohead to perform at Millennium Park in June, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Radiohead hoped to perform in the new venue at the northern end of Grant Park on June 19 and 20, the tour dates it has earmarked for Chicago performances, according to sources close to the group.

But the Cultural Affairs Department, which is responsible for programming at Millennium Park, rejected the band’s bid to perform there — even though the group would have paid rental fees of $100,000 — because the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to hold a rehearsal June 20.

Radiohead and many of its fans still consider the concert the band played at Hutchinson Field in summer 2001 as one of its most memorable. Although that show was a well-organized, artistic and financial success, city officials were reluctant for the next few years to allow cutting-edge rock acts to return to Grant Park because of noise complaints from a handful of nearby residents.

Criticism also greeted a paid concert by singer Tori Amos at Millennium Park that same month, although citizens’ groups praised other efforts to host revenue- generating events.

The Amos concert was organized by local concert promoters Jam Productions, who also ran the Radiohead concert in 2001 and hoped to bring the group to Millennium Park this summer. Jam executives declined to comment. [thanks Summer & Michael]

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