On the eve of the Amnesty International gig, NME looks into THOM YORKE's motivation...
Thom Yorke has revealed that performing at the Amnesty International gig is a way of “addressing my guilt, I guess”.
In a recent interview, on UK’s Channel Four news (pictured)he said: “Radiohead came out of the grunge culture of complaint. I think we’ve grown up and it’s dawned on us that our problems are utterly, utterly irrelevant and it’s offensive to have them rammed down your throat on MTV.
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Thom Yorke, who has always maintained a resolutely anti-rockstar attitude, also attacked the cliches of rock star celebrity: “What I find really offensive is the way our culture – once anyone has any degree of success – gets into the realms of Hello magazine ‘Have a look at our glamorous lifestyle that you should all be aspiring to – come look the homes of the rich ‘n’ famous and look at them doing charlie in the toilets. This is your future – this is success’.”
He said he felt comfortable using his celebrity to help the cause of Amnesty International: “I don’t really use it for anything else.”
The concert for Amnesty International is to celebrate the 50th aniversary of the introduction of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights takes place in Paris tomorrow (10th).