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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has said the band have no intention of attending their forthcoming induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Oxford outfit are among seven acts being inducted for 2019, with the official ceremony set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 29.
Speaking about Radiohead’s upcoming induction, Yorke told Variety that he and his bandmates have long been “very blase” when it comes to being recognised by prize-giving organisations like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“We don’t want to offend anyone,” he said. “We just think that we just don’t quite understand it.
“We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people.
“I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks.
“We grew up with the Brit [Awards], which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with. So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it.”
When asked outright if he intended to go to the ceremony, Yorke cited an upcoming commitment at the Philharmonie De Paris on April 7 as his reason for being unable to attend.
“I can’t,” he said.” I know I can’t, because of these piano pieces that I’ve written [for French pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque].
“There’s the Paris Philharmonic, so I have to be there for that… I’m booked.”
Yorke’s latest comments mirror those of bandmate Ed O’Brien, who said recently that “we don’t quite culturally understand it”.
“It’s a very American thing,” he continued. “Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves.
“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?'”