Radiohead is not occupying Wall Street. The band shot down rumors of an impromptu performance this afternoon at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s financial district, timed with the growing protest movement.
“It’s definitely not going to happen,” said Laura Eldeiry, a spokeswoman for the British band. “It’s a false rumor.” She said that the band had nothing to do with the announcement and that a show “was never planned.”
Further squashing rumors, the band also tweeted, “We wish the best of luck to the protesters there, but contrary to earlier rumours, we will not be appearing today at #occupywallstreet.” (Note that extra ‘u’ — gotta love the Queen’s English.)
Earlier in the day, organizers behind Occupy Wall Street announced a show, and word spread fast online. The group’s website now reads, “This was a hoax. Please accept our apologies.”
Demonstrators have taking over the area for the past two weeks, camping out to call attention to corporate greed, lack of jobs and the shrinking middle class. There have been some flare-ups of police brutality as we’ve mentioned on the show, but this has largely been a peaceful gathering. Adding Radiohead to the mix, could have changed that with even more crowds pouring into the area for a free show.
The band has been in New York City all week to play two very sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom.
I’m still disappointed I didn’t get tickets — me and like every New Yorker who’s a fan, including a large handful of Last Word staffers. Tickets sold out within seconds, and I won’t even tell you the number of times I refreshed that Ticketmaster purchase page because it’s just embarrassing.
So Wall Street protesters, join the club. Today, united, we will just have to settle for the video.