2012 has been an interesting year for international tours around Australia, with more than a handful of eagerly anticipated acts (read George Michael - admit it, you were gutted too), unfortunately cancelling their tours and a few festival dramas thrown into the mix. Thankfully, those that did make it to our shores more than made up for the cancellations. Without further ado, here are the top twelve international tours of 2012 as voted by the AU Review contributors.
You know those moments when your favourite band plays your favourite song and it's everything you ever imagined it would be... and more? Tonight was one of those nights where this happened again and again and again. This was the night that Radiohead came and pleased their Sydney fans after an eight year absence. Let it be known that they did not disappoint. But first, we have a support band to talk about...
Radiohead returned to Australia after an 8 year absence.
Pete Dovgan was there to capture the action.
As the tens of thousands who’ve flocked to Great Stage Park for this years Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival settled in for their first complete day of festivities, the event began to show its true breadth, opening all of its stages to welcome a massive range of music, cinema and comedy before closing the night with one of the worlds most revered modern rock bands, Radiohead.
Come June 7th (through June 10th), tens of thousands will once again flock to Tennessee’s ultimate makeshift arena to bask in Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival’s eleventh annual outing.
Leading the extravaganza is Radiohead, The Beach Boys (reformed, featuring Brian Wilson), Bon Iver, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Australia's own The Temper Trap (pictured) and Bonnaroo staple Phish who have been issued two sets to fill.
Chugg Entertainment today have finally announced the landmark return of Radiohead to Australia and New Zealand. It has been nearly a decade since the Oxford bred five-piece last graced Australian shores in 2004, and a staggering 14 years since playing in New Zealand in 1998. Following years of rumour after rumour, it is safe to say that their welcome return is certain to be the live music milestone of the year.
"Holy shit" seems to be among the most commonly used words on the internet this morning with the announcement of the Coachella 2012 lineup.
Critics corner returns with the track "Retarded Fren", which sees Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and DOOM collaborate. We have two AU reviewers here to give us their feedback on the track, which was quite divided. Have a listen to it yourself to make up your own mind!
Review by James O'Doherty:
'THE UNIVERSAL SIGH'
COMING TO A NEWSSTAND NEAR YOU
Radiohead’s eighth studio album, The King of Limbs is available to purchase now from good record stores on CD and vinyl.
Welcome to this dance flavoured edition of our Music Video postings...
First up, a bit of a unique take of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" here, by Sydney outfit Circle. Quite intoxicating, really. The video is no Radiohead dance experience, but a cute accompaniment all the same. Enjoy!
Their new album has come out of nowhere, in spite of reports in recent years that the band intended to never release another full length record. But alas, thankfully, here we are. Radiohead are back with The King of Limbs.
The band have begun taking pre-orders for ‘The King Of Limbs’ exclusively from their website, www.radiohead.com. Fans will be able to digitally download the album as early as the end of this week, Saturday 19 February.