A Radiohead show in Kansas City, USA was picketed yesterday (March 11) by the Westboro Baptist Church.
The fundamentalist Christian group gathered outside the Sprint Centre in Missouri to protest the show from the Oxford rockers, with the band’s long-time cohort Nigel Godrich posting a picture from the demonstration on his Twitter page and claiming it was the “highlight of the tour”.
In a statement posted on their website, the controversial religious organization described Thom Yorke and co as “freak monkeys with mediocre tunes”, going on to add: “You try to get the people to look at the nonsense and not the Wrath of God that abides upon them. ‘Look at the circus monkey over there and the fluffy setting, blah blah…’. ”
They added: “Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event.”
This protest isn’t the first time the Wesboro Baptist Church have engaged in a spat with rock musicians. In September last year, they picketed a Foo Fighters show in Kansas, but the band responded by surprising the protestors with a comedy song. Donning redneck beards, wigs and trucker hats, Foo Fighters took to the back of a pick-up truck to sing the specially penned ‘Keep It Clean’, their ode to same-sex loving.
Meanwhile, tickets for Radiohead’s UK arena tour went onsale last week (March 9). The band will play three shows on the UK tour, with tickets costing £65 (plus £6.50 in booking fees) or £47.50 (plus £4.75 in booking fees).
Radiohead will play:
Manchester Evening News Arena (October 6)
London O2 Arena (8,9)
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