Three big tours were announced or hinted at this week. Radiohead continued their surprise attack-marketing by announcing performances on the SNL season premiere and an hour-long episode of The Colbert Report in addition to two shows at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, all happening next week, with a more complete schedule in 2012. These will be the first stateside performances of their latest album The King of Limbs. Colbert released the following statement about the performance:
“I look forward to meeting the Radioheads and leveraging their anti-corporate indie cred to raise brand awareness for my sponsors.”
Mick Jagger hinted that the Rolling Stones were discussing a reunion tour for their 50th anniversary but couldn’t figure out what year that would be. Jagger said “It depends on where you are counting from.” (Indeed, Mick.) Lastly, Guns N’ Roses expanded their schedule from a couple of shows to a 30-date tour, their first on American soil in five years. After the 15-year, $13 million Chinese Democracy debacle, Axl Rose is still trying to recoup his losses. Though not a humiliating disaster, Chinese Democracy didn’t bring in the Appetite for Destruction-type of money GNR is used to and Axl put on a lot of weight. It worked for Brando and Elvis so maybe Axl will ride high again.