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Detroit feels ignored by Radiohead

As far as Detroit’s music fans are concerned, it’s one of rock’s most enduring mysteries, Detroit Free Press writes… Why won’t Radiohead play here anymore?

More than a decade has passed since the celebrated English band played a stage in the Motor City, a place that has been regarded as one of the country’s premier concert markets.

During that time, the group has booked three full tours of the United States, and has had other scattered dates. But not in Detroit. Not since a 1997 visit that spawned all manner of rumors about the group’s ongoing absence from the Motor City.

“The band has never, ever had anything negative to say about Detroit or the fans there,” says Phil Costello, a former Capitol Records vice president and head of ATO Records, which released Radiohead’s latest album. “I’ve heard remarks about L.A., other places they’ve played. But I’ll reiterate: I’ve never heard anything negative about Detroit fans.”

But he says Radiohead’s anti-sponsor position is a core philosophy for band members, especially vocalist Thom Yorke.

“Thom is a real stickler about that,” says Costello. “Two albums ago, he read a book or an article about corporate sponsorship, and it just sent him crawling up the wall. He decided there would be no more of the bullshit on the side” of the stage. “They’ve really drilled in to see who’s doing what” in terms of sponsor presence at venues.

Read more opinions in the full story over at Detroit Free Press.

8 Comments

  • The Detroit press needs to settle down. I am from Indiana. Until this tour, Radiohead had only come here once . . . in 1995! So, it’s been 13 years for us. So, Detroit can settle down.

  • Sorry Detroit fans, you have too much corporate sponsorship. You should have paid more as taxpayers. Guess you’re gonna have to go to Chicago and see them on the Sobe Life Water MySpace SuperStage.

  • Steve, you’re an idiot.

    I live in Detroit, it has nothing to do with taxpayers buddy.

  • Kyle, that was a little thing called sarcasm. Maybe that’s why Radiohead doesn’t come to your city anymore, you guys don’t get their British humour.

    For the record, I was criticizing the insinuation that the band wouldn’t go to Detroit because the venues are too corporate while they’re playing Lollapalooza. It would have been a lot more honest and sensible for them to just say, “There’s a lot of cities in the US we haven’t been to in a while and Detroit is one of them. Sorry.”

  • Sorry Steve. I only read the post once and took it verbatim. Every festival is corporate now a days. Really depressing.

  • You know who else feels ignored? Australia. At least people from Detroit have shows a short flight away. Our nearest show is Japan, so stop complaining.

  • Yeah whatever, no one cares about Indiana. But man, that really makes me mad. Circumstances prevent me from traveling this summer and I really want to see them.

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