Radiohead have confirmed that they will not be attending next year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, even if they are to be inducted.
The band are nominated for the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, with the final shortlist of five inductees to be announced in December ahead of next April’s ceremony.
Radiohead see themselves longlisted alongside the likes of Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Eurythmics, Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest and Depeche Mode. See the full nominations list here.
The band recently announced a South American tour for next year, with it noted that their Buenos Aires show takes place on the same day (April 14) as the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony is held in Cleveland.
Now, a representative for the band has confirmed to Pitchfork that Radiohead are “not attending” the ceremony.
Ed O’Brien said: “As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it. It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves.”
He added: “One of the things I’ve always loved about coming over to America is American bands you can always have a really good chat with and you could talk. With British bands, there was a lot of hostility. It’s in our DNA to be a little ambivalent with award ceremonies. We haven’t had great experiences. I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I’m honest I don’t understand it. It’s just kind of a British person going, ‘Okay, thanks, what does this mean?’”