The influential alternative rock band, Radiohead, plans to play a series of high profile concerts in Australia in November of 2012. The group has one show scheduled in Brisbane on November 9, and two shows in Sydney, on November 12 and 13. It will also perform at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on November 16 and 17, where tickets are priced at $130, and each customer may only purchase four tickets apiece, which is a measure to help prevent scalping.
Itís been a little while since Radiohead last toured Australia. The last time the group was slated to perform at Rod Laver Arena, in 2004, vocalist Thom Yorke lost his voice, which forced the act to cancel its visit. Rod Laver Arena is a tennis stadium, and part of the Melbourne Park complex. In fact, it has been the main location for the Australian Open in tennis since 1988, where it replaced Kooyong Stadium. With a capacity of only 14,820, these two particular Australian shows will be relatively intimate affairs for Radiohead fans.
These concerts will be in support of the groupís most recent album, King of Limbs, which debuted at No. 2 in 2011. Radiohead has experienced consistent success in Australia, with six of its eight albums all making it to the Top 10 in the country.
Radiohead has released full-length albums with regularity since its debut, Pablo Honey, came out in 1993. Since then, the group has put out an album about every two years or so. The group made its initial impact with a song called "Creep," off the Pablo Honey album. Radiohead made international headlines in 2007 when it released the album In Rainbows. The album did not have a set price tag, but was instead offered for a Ďpay what you wantí price via the groupís website in 2007.
One can hear a wide variety of influences on Radiohead music. Early impact artists include Elvis Costello and Queen, although Ď80s alternative bands, including R.E.M., The Smiths, Sonic Youth and Pixies, also influenced its overall sound. The groupís early recordings were primarily guitar-oriented, although electronic music found its way into the act's sound during the recordings of both Kid A and Amnesiac.
In addition to vocalist Yorke, who also plays guitar and keyboards, the lineup includes bassist Colin Greenwood, his brother Jonnny Greenwood on guitar, guitarist Ed OíBrian and drummer Phil Selway.
Radiohead has been rewarded over the years for its music. Although it has yet to win a Brit Award, after eight nominations, it has taken home three Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, three Q Awards and one NME Award. At the Grammy Awards, Radiohead has won Best Alternative Music Award three times.
Radiohead will began its 2012 touring in Glendale, Arizona on March 15. This tour will take the band to many different countries before it finally makes its way to Australia. Radiohead has never been a good time, sing-along concert band. However, it has made some of the most important music in the last few decades. When the group hits stages in Australia in November, these shows may well prove to be some of the biggest rock concerts in the country all year.