After igniting a ticketing frenzy with two club dates in New York City earlier this fall, Radiohead has announced initial dates for a much larger arena tour.
Dates are presently booked from a February 27 show at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, through a March 15 stop at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ. Also confirmed are shows on March 5 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, and March 11 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, among other dates.
According to Radiohead’s official Web site, fan club presales start November 9 for all presently confirmed concerts. Public onsales open later on November 12 (and November 19 in Tampa) through Ticketmaster.com.
Only two event listings are presently available for the Radiohead tour, with ticket prices set from $45 to $69.50 in Dallas and from $34.15 to $54.15 in Glendale. Orders will be limited to four tickets per person.
Ticketmaster also handled ticketing for Radiohead’s much-ballyhooed September 28 and 29 gigs at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City — a marked underplay for the arena-oriented band. Tickets sold out within minutes of being released to the public, as hundreds of thousands of fans reportedly vied for the 3,200-capacity venue’s limited supply of tickets.
The quick inventory sell-out sparked anger among ticketless fans, who lambasted the Ticketmaster system for errors encountered while trying to buy tickets at the peak of the shows’ 10 a.m. onsales. Similarly, the situation drew heavy criticism from advocacy groups, which questioned how many of the potential 6,400 tickets were made available to the public.
However, those high-demand shows were only a test-run for what will ultimately be a lengthy arena tour for frontman Thom Yorke and crew. Although the calendar currently bears only 10 concert dates, there could be dozens of additional dates on the horizon — if statements from the band hold true.
During an October interview with the BBC, guitarist Ed O’Brien noted that Radiohead would be touring both sides of the Atlantic for almost 10 months. “We’ll be on the road from the end of February to November,” O’Brien was quoted, “and we’ll be playing in both the UK and U.S., the usual ports of call.”
The early 2012 outing marks the group’s first real U.S. tour since 2008. According to published reports, this tour will largely focus on new material from Radiohead’s 2011 release “The King of Limbs.”
(Dates are subject to change.)
|February 27||Miami, FL||American Airlines Arena|
|February 29||Tampa, FL||St. Pete Times Forum|
|March 1||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|March 3||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|March 5||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|March 7||Austin, TX||Frank Erwin Center|
|March 9||St. Louis, MO||Scotttrade Center|
|March 11||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|March 13||Broomfield, CO||1stBank Center|
|March 15||Glendale, AZ||Jobing.com Arena|