Although Radiohead will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, frontman Thom Yorke will not be attending the ceremony. In a new interview with Variety, Yorke revealed that prior commitments will prevent him from attending the induction ceremony in Brooklyn on March 29th. Yorke will be in Paris prepping a piece he wrote for the Paris Philharmonic, which will premiere on April 7th.
Yorke did not seem overly concerned about missing the ceremony, explaining, “We don’t want to offend anyone . . . We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people. I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks. We grew up with the Brits, which is like this sort of drunken car crash that you don’t want to get involved with. So, yeah, we don’t really know what to make of it.”
In addition to Radiohead, this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees includes Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, the Zombies, Janet Jackson, the Cure and Roxy Music. To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to have been released in 1993 or earlier.
Radiohead toured throughout 2016 and 2017 in support of the band's ninth studio LP, A Moon Shaped Pool, while the band members have devoted most of the past year to solo projects.