Los Angeles, CA – Thom Yorke announced yesterday via the Radiohead website that the super group he assembled to tour his Eraser project in the Fall of ’09 has now been given the name “Atoms for Peace”.  He also confirmed a small number of tour dates in New York, Boston, Chicago, Oakland, Santa Barbara, and conclude at Coachella.   I was able to attend the show at the Orpheum back in October and I must say it was quite a show.  Speaking from first hand experience, if you are a Radiohead fan or not, you definitely want to catch one of these shows.  Flea, who has been recently taking music theory at USC, is phenomenal.  As a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, he may seem a little more reserved in comparison however his bass playing is just as soul stirring. 

photo courtesy of Erik Thureson / LB57.com

Atoms for Peace (also a track name from The Eraser), is made up of the following musicians:  Thom Yorke (Radiohead) – vocals, guitar, piano, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – Bass, Joey Waronker (REM, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins) – drums, Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark) – percussion and drums, and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck – producer) – keys, guitar, vocals.

Here is an excerpt from what Thom posted yesterday on the Radiohead site

hey everyone

ok so in April the other band..that i got together to do the eraser and other stuff u know .. Mauro,Flea, Me, Joey and Nigel is going back out to do some shows in the US..ending with playing with Coachella. we had too much fun to just leave it there…

it has been decided that we call ourselves Atoms For Peace. hope you like the name.. it seemed bleedin’ obvious.

all warmth


The dates that have been announced and confirmed with the Flying Lotus opening are

04/05 – New York, New York (Roseland Ballroom)
04/06 – New York, New York (Roseland Ballroom)
04/08 – Boston, Massachusets (Citi Wang Theatre)
04/10 – Chicago, Illinois (Aragon Ballroom)
04/11 – Chicago, Illinois (Aragon Ballroom)
04/14 – Oakland, California (Fox Theatre)
04/15 – Oakland, California (Fox Theatre)
04/17 – Santa Barbara, California (Santa Barbara Bowl)

and the concluding show will be 4/18 at Coachella Arts and Music Festival

by Erik Thureson
sources – Radiohead.com, Reuters, Lightbox57.com, and Wikipedia