Radiohead Hitting the Road

By | February 12, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Radiohead is chasing Rainbows with its first North American tour in two years. The band announced Tuesday that it will kick off an eight-concert trek May 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida, continuing on to locales including Tampa, Atlanta and Houston before wrapping up in Dallas on May 18. Tickets to the shows go on sale Saturday, with presale beginning Thursday.

From there, the British rockers will head back across the pond for the European leg of their tour, kicking off June 6 in Dublin and wrapping up July 8 in Berlin.

Radiohead is then due to return to the U.S. in August for the second leg of the North American tour, with dates and venues yet to be announced. Among the cities on the band’s itinerary are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

The alt-rock group released its latest album, In Rainbows, online in October as part of an experiment that allowed fans to name their own price. Reports placed the number of downloads at over 1 million.

The album has since been rereleased in a more traditional CD format, with the band going on to sell an additional 311,000 copies, per Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile, Radiohead’s former record label EMI is planning to capitalize on the rockers’ upcoming tour by releasing a greatest-hits album of their work this spring, according to published reports.

The band members have made it clear that the album is being released without their support and that they will have nothing to do with promoting it.

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