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Radiohead ‘Rehearsing New Songs’ for 2012 Tour


Radiohead plan to preview some fresh material on their upcoming tour. “We’ve been rehearsing about four or five new songs this week,” guitarist Ed O’Brien told XFM’s Mary Anne Hobbs today (via Consequence of Sound). “So we’re going to try to take those on the road.”

O’Brien offered additional details in an interview with BBC 6, and hinted at a potential 2012 studio release. “We haven’t got anymore stuff left over but we are rehearsing at the moment and we are rehearsing new songs because we want the tour to be creative,” he said. “So if that means at the end of the year we might have nipped into the studio for a couple of weeks and done an EP or something else then it could be, but the thing is to keep it as fluid and flexible as possible.” Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has previously said the band would hit the studio this month and next.

The U.S. portion of the tour kicks off on February 27 in Miami and is currently scheduled through March 15 in the Phoenix area, after which Radiohead will head to Mexico City and then Europe. In the BBC interview, O’Brien acknowledged the band will also be playing some British dates but said he couldn’t share the details just yet. He did say the band would prefer to play arenas rather than festivals, citing the “quite detailed” sonics of The King of Limbs.

In the meantime, Radiohead will release a pair of outtakes from Limbs, “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” as a digital single on December 19. That’s also the digital release date for the band’s The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement performance video, which will also be out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

In his recent remarks, O’Brien also discussed the origins of “Staircase” and “The Daily Mail,” and the band’s current sense of creative vitality. Listen to the full XFM and BBC interviews below: