Radiohead Announces Fourth MSG Show, Hitting Arenas Hard

Jason Squires
– Radiohead
Performing at the Sprint Center in Kansas, Mo.

In what may be a sign of things to come, Radiohead has announced an additional (fourth) date at Madison Square Garden, July 14, after already adding a second show at Chicago’s United Center.

After playing festivals and relatively fewer (and sometimes more intimate) U.S. gigs for most of the last couple of years, Thom Yorke and Co. appear ready to do a more full-fledged U.S. arena tour despite the band’s latest music, A Moon Shaped Pool, coming in 2016. The band has multiple dates at major arenas including TD Garden in Boston, Bell Centre in Montreal and Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Radiohead sold out MSG twice in 2016, moving 25,941 tickets and grossing $1.9 million July 26-27 as reported to Pollstar.

The band’s recently announced North American dates include only the East Coast (and Ohio), with some room for additions.  However, summer after Aug. 1 is wide open with speculation the band, which has heavily done festivals over recent years including Outside Lands in San Francisco, Coachella and Austin City Limits, could hit the festival circuit again, such as FYF Fest in Los Angeles, which is apparently continuing after promoter Goldenvoice severed ties with festival founder Sean Carlson who has been accused of sexual misconduct, but hasn’t announced artists or dates yet.

Last year’s Radiohead North American sellouts included Moda Center in Portland (12,879 tickets, $1.9 million),  KeyArena in Seattle (12,170, $1.2 million), Sprint Center in Kansas City (12,663 $1 million) and two at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, Calif., (17,044, $1.6 million).