Thom Yorke joins forces with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea for live gigs

09.29.09 8 years ago

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I don’t like to use the “S” word very often, as circumstances rarely warrant it, but I think it’s appropriate here: Thom Yorke has formed a supergroup. And it has Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea in it.

Go ahead, do a double take on the post up on Radiohead’s website: it’ ain’t April Fools. The group’s frontman explained that he has joined with the RHCP bassist for at least two shows next week at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater, and has recruited some other heft names as well. Frequent Radiohead producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich will joing Yorke on stage, as will drummer Joey Waronker, who has sat behind the set for Beck, Pink, Elliott Smith and Nelly furtado, and percussionist Mauro Refosco (They Might Be Giants, David Byrne).

“in the past couple of weeks i’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work!” writes Yorke in his typical disregard for proper punctuation and capitalization. “we don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well …we haven’t got that much material yet!”

Lucky Dragons, a weirdo L.A. band that sounds like Books and Four Tet and a broom closet full of children’s toy, will be opening the shows. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for something like $50.

A press release that was later sent indicated “Radiohead is not breaking up.”

Yorke certainly has been busy, with the “New Moon” soundtrack coming out, the Mark Mulcahy contribution just hitting shelves yesterday, two new singles released last week and murmurs of more Radiohead/full band material to come.

Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers already said they’re checking back in together in October after a two-year hiatus. They were also recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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