Experimental British rock act Radiohead will tour North America for the first time in three years, following the June 5 release of Amnesiac.
The new album is a quick follow-up to October's Kid A. Though no singles were released to radio, that album bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart. The band further scrapped convention when it decided not to tour behind Kid A, instead performing only two smaller shows in the United States.
Amnesiac, which frontman Thom Yorke said was recorded in the same sessions as Kid A, features several songs that return to a guitar-driven rock sound — though the forays into electronica that marked the last album are still present.
The band has posted MP3s of the 11 songs on Amnesiac on one of its Web sites, www.ateaseweb.com.
Radiohead first broke through in 1993 with the hit single "Creep" from its debut album, Pablo Honey. The band's 1997 effort, OK Computer, was critically hailed as one of the top rock albums of the '90s.
Thus far, seven performances — all at outdoor venues — have been announced. More dates are expected to follow.
June 18 — C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, Spring, Texas June 20 — Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. June 23 — The Gorge, George, Wash. June 24 — Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia June 27 — Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. June 29-30 — Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif.