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Ed O’Brien talks Radiohead’s future plans, says they “might happen… might not”

“There’s no Radiohead at the moment”
Ed O’Brien has discussed Radiohead’s future plans in a recent interview.
Speaking to The Line-Up Podcast O’Brien answered whether or not the band would eventually come back together.
“It might happen, but the other thing is… it might not” the guitarist said. “And does that matter?”
Elsewhere in the interview, he said “There’s no Radiohead at the moment.”
“There’s a truth to what we do,” he went on to say. “So we’re not going to be one of those bands that gets together for the big payday.”
O’Brien continued: “The thing with Radiohead, we could do something in a couple years. We might not. But I think what it has to be, it has to be five people going, ‘I really want to do this again with you.’ And I think at the moment, because we’ve done it for so long, we’re all reaching out and having different experiences. And that should be allowed, and that should be encouraged.”

Radiohead play New York CREDIT: Jeff Kravitz

Although he didn’t share a specific timeline, Ed also implied the band could potentially play together again. “We love one another,” he added. “We’re brothers. We probably will play together.
“It could be that it doesn’t happen. I’m sure it will do. I’m almost certain that it will do. But you’ve got to also be able to be fine with it not happening again.”
The band’s last studio album came in 2016 with ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, and there last tour was in 2018. In 2021 the band released ‘KID A MNESIA’, a triple album celebrating their ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ records, along with a third disc of rarities and B-sides called ‘Kid Amnesiae’.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood – alongside Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner – have also formed a new band called The Smile, who released their debut album, ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’ last week and began their debut European tour on Monday (May 16), debuting a new song called ‘Friend Of A Friend’.
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