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Thom Yorke Has Called Tony Blair A Fool
16 May 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Radiohead's Thom Yorke Radiohead's Thom Yorke has described British Prime Minister Tony Blair as being a fool and betraying the country.

He said, to the Daily Record, "I think he couldn't help betraying this country. I think the man's a fool."

Yorke said that Radiohead's You And Whose Army is about someone who is elected into power and then betrays the people "just like Blair did". The track features on the new album from the band, Amnesiac which is released on 4 June.

Radiohead have also announced that they will be holding a series of listening parties for the public to preview the new album. The dates for the free listening parties are:

  • 17 May - The Cavern, Exeter
  • 19 May - The Colosseum, Coventry
  • 21 May - Stepney Bank Warehouse, Newcastle
  • 21 May - AKA@The End, London
  • 22 May - The Zodiac, Oxford
  • 23 May - The Studio, Canterbury
  • 24 May - The Pink Toothbrush, Rayleigh
  • 24 May - Plummers, Liverpool
  • 24 May - RKO The Red Bar, Nottingham
  • 24 May - Edwards No 8, Birmingham
  • 24 May - The Three Sisters, Edinburgh
  • 25 May - Under The Boardwalk, Sheffield

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