Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood to play bass on Nick Cave’s forthcoming solo tour

Colin Greenwood and Nick Cave
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Colin Greenwood is set to play bass on Nick Cave’s forthcoming solo tour across the US later this year.

The dates kick off in Asheville, NC on September 19 and finish with two shows at LA’s Orpheum Theatre on October 27 and 28. 

Greenwood previously performed with Cave across his Australian dates with Warren Ellis in 2022. Here, he is presented as “accompanying” the songwriter and performer, suggesting a set of intimate shows in a duo format.

The news is also significant for Radiohead fans as it means there is unlikely to be an end to the band’s hiatus this year. The UK rock band have not released an album since 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool

In addition, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood formed side-project The Smile in 2021, with drummer Tom Skinner. A recent newsletter update from the group shared an image of The Smile in the studio, stating, “We’re deep in recording. Week 7. Reel 15.”

Last year, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway told Stereogum that he does not begrudge the other members’ bands and projects, amid their ongoing hiatus. 

“Radiohead’s the umbrella, if you like,” said Selway. “What Radiohead does is very much the pole that’s holding up the umbrella, but all these other projects come underneath it as well. And it’s just fascinating seeing how we all operate in different musical collaborations… getting that wider sense of each other’s musicality in that way.”

Check out Nick Cave’s full US solo tour dates with the Radiohead man below.

Colin Greenwood is not the only famous bassist keen to play with the Australian great, though. Last year, Flea dropped in to perform with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis at their LA show.

Nick Cave US solo tour dates 2023

  • 09/19 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • 09/21 Durham, NC - DPAC
  • 09/23 Washington, D.C. - Lincoln Theatre
  • 09/25 Cleveland, OH - Playhouse Square
  • 09/27 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
  • 09/29 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
  • 10/02 Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
  • 10/06 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre
  • 10/07 New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
  • 10/10 Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
  • 10/12 Montreal, Quebec - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
  • 10/14 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
  • 10/15 Detroit, MI - Masonic Cathedral Theatre
  • 10/17 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
  • 10/20 Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Symphony Hall
  • 10/22 Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
  • 10/23 Austin, TX - ACL at The Moody
  • 10/27 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
  • 10/28 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre

For more information and tickets, head to Nick Cave’s site.

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Matt Parker

Matt is a staff writer for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.