You may or may not have heard the rumors of Radiohead giving a special show-of-sorts around downtown Manhattan, in cahoots with the Occupy Wall Street protest. But according to Gothamist.com, by about 1 PM, Radiohead’s management denied any plans of a performance, but the rumor persisted throughout the afternoon, bolstered by both fans of the band and of social justice. Tweets did indeed abound, and based on the dozen Facebook postings that I saw from friends around New York, Thom Yorke was supposed to show that mug of his (somewhere) at 4 PM.
Well, if you weren’t in the city, you didn’t miss out. There was no show, no riots that ensued, no King of Limbs fanatics (who, sure, uh, care about the cause) stampeding protesters (who, sure, like Radiohead too) in Zuccotti Park. As Occupy Wall Street sheepishly tweeted shortly after the purported starting time of the show:
Radiohead is not coming, we were hoaxed. Please accept our apologies.
A little embarrassing, right? But hey, national publicity without police brutality — always a good thing!
• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com