Radiohead Return To Australia After 8 Years
Radiohead will make the long haul to Australia this November for the band's first shows here in eight years, tour promoters Chugg Entertainment announced today.
The band's trek will also include dates in New Zealand, the first in the Land of the Long White Cloud for 14 years.
Radiohead will start their run Down Under with a Nov. 6 concert at Auckland's Vector Arena, before visiting the east coast of Australia for a Nov. 9 show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, two dates at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (Nov. 12 and 13) and two shows in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena (Nov.16 and 17).
Many fans of Radiohead in these parts had given-up hope the band would ever set their sights on arenas this far from home. The British group are vigilant environmentalists and their tours in recent years have been geared to reduce carbon emissions. Frontman Thom Yorke has been particularly outspoken about jet pollution, and was quoted in Britain's Guardian newspaper back in 2006 as saying, "Long haul flights just feel wrong." Quite how the band will arrive Down Under has yet to be revealed.
Tickets go on sale March 1.
Gaga Adds More Dates Down Under
Radiohead isn't the only hot ticket Down Under. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way Ball" has sold-out a raft of dates, so promoters Live Nation and Michael Coppel have added shows to keep up with demand. A second show has been confirmed for Perth, third dates have been lined up for Vector Arena in Auckland and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, while fourth shows have been added for Sydney's Allphones Arena and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, tickets for which will go on sale March 2. Gaga's 16-date Australasia run begins June 7 in Auckland.
Surprise! Adele Eyes More Records on ARIA Charts
In Australian chart news, Adele has scored the equal longest-running No. 1 album this century, as 21 (Remote Control) notches up its 29th non-consecutive week at the peak of the ARIA Albums chart, published Sunday. Adele's sophomore album now shares that record with Delta Goodrem's 2003 Sony Music release Innocent Eyes.
Only Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms has a greater tally, dominating the chart for thirty-four weeks in 1985/86.