Twenty-seven doesn't seem like a big number; that is, unless you're talking about how long a rock band has been together. For Radiohead, their astonishing age simply reinforces their status as the kings of English alternative rock, and their reign is coming to the Toyota Center on Saturday, March 3.
Since they snagged the #2 slot on the Billboard charts with their angst-laden anthem "Creep," Radiohead have somehow dodged landing on MTV and Top 40 lists, and yet they still manage to sell records well into gold and platinum status.
Surely there's something about this group that is often misunderstood, but like it or not, critics can't argue that Radiohead have remained a force that never conformed, yet still surpassed all of their peers.
Their 1997 release, O.K. Computer, went on to earn triple platinum status in two countries and simultaneously sparked interest in their infamous "secret album." The following release, Kid A, fed those rumors when fans began to notice a second booklet hidden within the album's packaging, which was composed of drawings and stories by singer Thom Yorke. The entire booklet alluded to songs that wouldn't be written for another seven years. Finally, with the release of In Rainbows, fans got the answers they sought, as well as the second half of that "secret album."
However, Radiohead have done more than gain high rankings and send fans on a scavenger hunt of sorts. When the band released In Rainbows using a "pay what you like" system, the band impacted how the industry looked at releasing music, and the band's influence grew tenfold.
For now, the band is touring in support of their most recent release, King of Limbs, and you won't have to decode any clues to enjoy their performance. Other Lives is scheduled as the only other opening act. We can't promise Thom will do the dance from their "Lotus Flower" video, but you still have time to memorize the steps if you'd like to join in on the action.