Radiohead have been forced to deny claims from Brazil that guitarist Jonny Greenwood is hiding in Sao Paulo awaiting the end of the world.
The claims, which were backed by Tourism Minister Eduardo de Oliveira Coelho, came from numerous Brazilian media sources who stated that Greenwood could be found in a hotel in Sao Luiz do Paraitinga and that he was waiting for December 21, the date at the end of the Mayan calendar and the day some believe will mark the end of the world.
Emmanuel Rengade, owner of the rural Catuçaba hotel where Greenwood was rumoured to be staying, told the Daily Mail: “The reason why he’s here is to get away, because hotels like this preserve the privacy of the guests and he does not want publicity.” Tourism Minister, Eduardo de Oliveira Coelho, also told the Folha de Sao Paulo news website that Greenwood has been at the hotel since the start of December and that his Radiohead bandmates will be joining him nearer to December 21.
Coelho went on to claim that Greenwood was planning to provide free classes to youths in the city while staying there and that he would extend his stay should the Mayan premonition fail to happen.
Courtyard Management, who look after Radiohead, have today completely denied the claims of both Coelho and Rengade, stating that Greenwood is not even in Brazil.