Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on April 25, 2008
A lot of musicians are down with green these days. Jack Johnson has a denim walled recording studio, Guster tours with biodiesel buses and the Rolling Stones eat organic. But no one takes it quite as seriously UK indie band Radiohead. From the digital release of “In Rainbows” and monitoring their carbon footprints to auditing their tours refusing to play Glastonbury over poor public transport, these guys walk the walk.
The latest Radiohead environmental news? The Oxford five piece put the kibosh on a promotional performance on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien because of “concerns over global warming”. Instead, the band recorded a live version of the track “House of Cards” from London instead. Frontman Thom Yorke said that “the band avoided leaving a carbon footprint equivalent to driving a car for a solid year by recording the track in London”. The pre-recorded performance aired Wednesday as part of NBC’s Green Week. Check it out here.
Although Yorke refused to discuss the environment with former Prime Minister Tony Blair, citing that he had “no environmental credentials”, he has been urging politicians to introduce measures to cut emissions by 2020: “If we don’t get stuck in now, in 20 years’ time it will be worse and things will be more extreme,” he said. Good news for U.S. fans is that band will heading Stateside for the “In Rainbows” tour kicking off in Palm Beach in early May. Phew.
As much as I appreciate them saving carbon, I’m must say super psyched about the prospect of seeing them perform live at the Hollywood Bowl this summer.