Radiohead Begin Tour Mid-June, Beta Band To Open

First full-fledged North American tour in three years for headliners.

After playing only two small-scale U.S. shows in support of their last album, Kid A, Radiohead will meet the masses next month on their first full-fledged North American tour in three years.

Following the June 5 release of Amnesiac, the formerly reclusive experimental rockers will begin a tour of outdoor amphitheaters on June 18 in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston.

From there, the first leg of the U.K. band's tour will move through the West, ending June 30 in Santa Barbara, California. More dates are expected to follow, but no others have yet been confirmed.

Another critically acclaimed act, Scotland's eclectic Beta Band, will open for Radiohead on the tour, according to the band's publicity firm, Nasty Little Man.

The Beta Band, whose sound ranges from folk to techno, is slated to release its second album, Hotshots II, in July. John Cusack's character in last year's "High Fidelity" touted the band by name, and their track "Dry the Rain" was heard in the soundtrack.

Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood has described Amnesiac as falling somewhere between the band's original, guitar-driven sound and the icy electronics of the chart-topping Kid A (see "Radiohead's Amnesiac Doesn't Forget About Kid A").

"It's about 50-50," Greenwood said earlier this year. "It's got more traditional Radiohead-type songs together with more experimental, nonlyrical-based instrumental-type stuff as well, and it works as a record in its entirety, which is what we care about."

Radiohead tour dates, according to Capitol Records:

  • 6/18 - Spring, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion

  • 6/20 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • 6/23 - George, WA @ The Gorge

  • 6/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Stadium

  • 6/27 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

  • 6/29 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

  • 6/30 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

(This story was updated at 6:44 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 2, 2001.)