Radiohead to play April Fools Day freebie

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:37am EDT
 
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By Lars Brandle

LONDON (Billboard) - British rock band Radiohead will play a free concert in London on April Fools Day to promote its new single release, "Nude."

The gig for BBC Radio 2 will be held at the state broadcaster's headquarters. Tickets will be distributed on a random basis to U.K residents via the BBC's various platforms and Radiohead's Website, and by a hotline.

The previous day sees the UK release of "Nude" through XL Recordings, the indie label handling the physical distribution of the group's latest chart-topping album, "In Rainbows."

The 7-inch vinyl version of the single will carry a b-side "4 Minute Warning," while the CD version also features "Down Is The New Up." Both tracks were previously available only on a deluxe boxed-set version of "In Rainbows."

Radiohead's European tour proper kicks off June 6 at the Malahide in Dublin. North American audiences can catch the band on two legs, the first starting May 5 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The latter stretch begins August 5 at the All Points West Festival in New York.

Reuters/Billboard

 
<p>Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, performs on stage during their concert at the Rock-en-Seine Festival in Saint-Cloud, near Paris, August 26, 2006. Radiohead will play a free concert in London on April Fools Day to promote its new single release, "Nude." REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>