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Radiohead Hit the Road for 'OK Computer'

The band will hit the eastern U.S. and Canada this month

Radiohead poses for a portrait at Capitol Records on June 11th, 1997 in Hollywood, California.
Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty
August 7, 1997

After more than a year on the road to support their 1995 album, The Bends, Radiohead have honed their performance chops to the point of becoming one of the best live acts in the business. The British group's June U.S. shows were brilliant, offering a mix of new material from its current effort, OK Computer, and oldies like "Creep" and "High and Dry."

Cleveland, Aug. 16; London, Ontario, Aug. 18; Toronto, Aug. 19; Ottawa, Aug. 20; Montreal, Aug. 22; Boston, Aug. 23; Philadelphia, Aug. 24; New York, Aug. 26.

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