Wednesday, April 17, 2024

He’s a Creep: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Says He Won’t Attend Rock Hall Induction Ceremony


Radiohead, a droning rock group from the 90s, was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. But now Thom Yorke, who leads the group, tells Variety he won’t be attending the ceremony on March 29th in Brooklyn.

The reason? Yorke has a commitment nine days later in Paris.

Not uncoincidentally, Radiohead’s only hit was called “Creep,” which sounds a lot like The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe.”

Radiohead was not a top vote-getter in the online fan vote this year. They received only 140,458 votes. The top voter favorite was Def Leppard with over 500,000 votes. Four of the top 5 winners of the fan vote– Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, and The Zombies — were all voted in for induction.

Radiohead was shoved into the induction list by either Jann Wenner or the nominating committee because they were the most “modern” or recent nominees. They were put in at the expense of the missing top 5 fan votee, Todd Rundgren, as well as dozens of other more deserving artists. (Rundgren is so unpopular with the committee and with people at large that he was skipped over on purpose.)

Frankly, the RRHOF should just revoke Radiohead and substitute Peter Wolf and the J Geils Band. No one would object. But once again Wenner has been hung by his own petard.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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