Radiohead's Thom Yorke names new band Atoms For Peace

Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:50pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Radiohead front man Thom Yorke on Thursday revealed the name of his new band -- Atoms for Peace -- and announced a series of U.S. tour dates.

The British alternative rock singer first introduced the band late last year. It features Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drummer Joey Waronker of R.E.M. Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.

But it had no name, and when the band officially debuted in Los Angeles last October, it was billed with question marks.

In a note on Radiohead's web site, Yorke wrote; "It has been decided that we call ourselves Atoms For Peace. hope you like the name. it seemed bleedin' obvious."

Atoms for Peace is a track on Yorke's 2006 solo album, The Eraser.

The musician and political activist said the band would play eight dates starting in New York on April 5th before hitting the three-day Coachella music festival in Indio, California on April 18.

Radiohead recently took a break from recording but performed a Haiti relief fund-raising concert in Los Angeles in January.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Radiohead's Thom Yorke listens during an interview with Reuters in Maidenhead, central England, April 23, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>