So what was the story behind Friday’s Occupy Wall Street Radiohead hoax?

Many of us are still scratching our heads about last Friday. As you will recall, Radiohead were rumored to play a show at Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to support the Occupy Wall Street protests. Throughout the day, it became more and more clear that this wasn’t happening, despite confirmation from the Occupy Wall Street organizers, saying they were in direct contact with the band. Later on, they admitted that they were victims of a hoax.

Over the weekend, the Village Voice posted the fake email which started the whole thing, supposedly from Radiohead manager Bryce Edge:

From: Bryce Edge
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Subject: RE: Radiohead @ Occupy Wall Street
Dear Occupiers,

My name is Bryce Edge, and I’m one of the managers for the band
Radiohead. The guys are really impressed with what you have managed to
pull off, and they wanted to stop by and play a couple songs in
support before leaving New York. I don’t want to create a big media
circus that might worry the police or endanger what you’ve built, plus
the band wants to play for the people who have been camped out, not
everyone in New York who didn’t get a ticket for Thursday’s show. I
was told this was the committee to email – do you think this would be
possible? They have some unscheduled time Friday afternoon between 4
and 6, would that work? I read that the police aren’t allowing sound
equipment, but they could do acoustic. Let me know.

Bryce Edge

Courtyard Productions, Inc
8383 Wilshire Boulevard # 526
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2425

Yesterday, Gothamist posted an email from the supposed “trickster” (pun intended) who says he started the rumor to get people to come down to the protests:

Yeah, you found me, but I’ll be taking my story to the Times freelancer who got arrested on the bridge yesterday instead. To the gutsy go the spoils. I’m not an “organizer” or a provocateur, I’m an occupier who tried something, like a lot of us are. The whole occupation was a bluff by Canadians in the beginning anyway. If you continue to think of the only acting bodies as the organizers and self-declared spokespeople, you’ll continue to miss what’s happening. The prank was to give folks an excuse to go to Zuccotti, and although I’m sure I’m terribly sorry for all the pain and suffering I’ve caused apolitical Radiohead fans, it worked, and now our numbers are larger and growing. But it was also to illustrate the buffoonery of self-important spokespeople and committees. This is what happens when two people get put in charge of something (the vaguely tyrannical “Arts and Culture committee”) and empower themselves to speak “officially.” Now they’ve put one person in charge of communications. There are left authoritarians too, they’re a vocal minority, but they don’t speak for me or plenty of others.

So this is a call for more humor, more pranks, more of that good old anon shit at Occupy Wall Street and at the other occupations springing up around the country. It’s not that hard, it’s a lot more fun than long meetings, and it’ll work.

NOTE: This email is for publication in its entirety or not at all. None of that out-of-context lamestream media trickery. As a precautionary measure, I’ve CC’ed the comrades at Gothamist, who seem totally prepared to call you out for even the appearance of violating source instructions. You, of course, don’t have to publish this note, but I imagine they probably will.

Officially yours,

J. Erin Stubbie

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Radiohead at Roseland Ballroom Night 2 [With Video]

Radiohead wrapped up their stay in New York last night by performing their second and final show at the Roseland Ballroom. The setlist was very much in the same vein as night 1, however the band surprised us at the start of the second encore by playing “Supercollider” for the first time as a full band. They also played “Like Spinning Plates” earlier, which was a treat. Another treat for us was finally meeting Adriaan from

After the show, Thom Yorke did a DJ set at the Westway. This seems to be a regular thing for him, doesn’t it? After the Saturday Night Live performance, he did a DJ set at the Jane Hotel in NYC.


  1. Bloom
  2. Little By Little
  3. Staircase
  4. The National Anthem
  5. Feral
  6. Subterranean Homesick Alien
  7. Like Spinning Plates
  8. All I Need
  9. True Love Waits/Everything In Its Right Place
  10. 15 Step
  11. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  12. Lotus Flower
  13. Codex
  14. The Daily Mail
  15. Morning Mr. Magpie
  16. Reckoner


  1. Give Up The Ghost (just Thom and Jonny)
  2. Myxomatosis
  3. Bodysnatchers

Encore 2

  1. Supercollider
  2. Nude

Did you go last night? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

More videos after the jump.

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Radiohead at Roseland Ballroom Night 1 [Update: Now with video!]

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Photos by lisatefft and m_t_graves

Radiohead just wrapped up their first of two sold out shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. They played a total of 20 songs mainly from In Rainbows and The King of Limbs, though there were a few older songs like “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” “The National Anthem,” “Myxomatosis,” and the rare “Subterranean Homesick Alien.”

Thom paid tribute to R.E.M. by singing a few lines of “The One I Love” right before going in to “Everything in its Right Place.”


  1. Bloom
  2. Little by Little
  3. Staircase
  4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  5. Feral
  6. Subterranean Homesick Alien
  7. All I Need
  8. The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)/Everything in its Right Place
  9. Lotus Flower
  10. 15 Step
  11. Myxomatosis
  12. Codex
  13. The Daily Mail
  14. Bodysnatchers
  15. Reckoner
  1. Give Up the Ghost
  2. The National Anthem
  3. Morning Mr. Magpie
  1. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  2. Nude


Here are some videos:


Did you go? Tell us what you thought in the comments!

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Radiohead at the Roseland Ballroom tonight! New RH NYC merch!

Radiohead at the Roseland

Photo from pursuitofny

Tonight Radiohead will be playing the first of two shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. The show is sold out, so if you don’t have a ticket, you’re probably out of luck. Don’t trust scalpers as both tonight and tomorrow’s shows require the person who purchased the tickets to pick them up from Will Call right before the performances.

As expected, fans are already outside the venue waiting to get in. To help pass the time, they were given copies of the Universal Sigh newspaper by the fine folks at w.a.s.t.e.

Radiohead fans outside the Roseland

Photo from Thom Yorke / Rules!

Speaking of w.a.s.t.e., they have put a bunch of Roseland-specific merchandise up on the w.a.s.t.e. store for you to purchase. Check it out!

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Radiohead: Be careful when buying NYC tickets for more than face value

A statement was just posted to concerning the two NYC shows this week:

Some ticket holders for this week’s New York shows have chosen to re-sell one or both of their allocation on auction sites. Using a 2 ticket limit and will-call only access with ID, we have tried to ensure that more tickets go to the people who prefer to see the show than to cheat fellow fans with re-selling tickets at exorbitant prices.

For those of you who have to pay over the face value of the ticket, PLEASE make sure that you are certain you can get into the show before parting with your money. A ticket is only valid with its matching credit card details and the ID of the purchaser, after which the ticket holder will be escorted straight through.

On a lighter note, we played on The Colbert Report last night. It was funny.
Hope this link works where you are:

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Did you get your Radiohead tickets?


Both shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom went on sale this morning at 10 AM and we’ve been reading many reports that it was pretty much impossible for anyone to get tickets. Of course, it’s to be expected that Radiohead would sell out quickly, especially at a smaller venue like the Roseland. Currently, Ticketmaster says “Tickets Not Available” for both shows, but that doesn’t mean that additional tickets couldn’t become available later. We don’t know that for sure, though.

Also, please be very wary of getting tickets through scalpers. All tickets must be picked up at the Roseland will call office right before the shows and be under the name of the person who purchased them. If someone says they have tickets they can sell you, it’s most likely a scam.

Were you able to get tickets? Sound off in the comments.