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Frank Turner has spoken out about the way Radiohead play live, urging the band to play their breakthrough hit 'Creep' because it's 'petty' not to.
Speaking to Gigwise backstage at this year's Live At Leeds festival, Turner shared his opinions on legacy acts and bands playing their hits or albums in full at shows. He gave a nod to Iron Maiden for remaining active artists rather being 'a cabaret', but slammed Radiohead for so rarely playing their biggest hit 'Creep'.
"I'm a giant Iron Maiden fan, but they're very fucking adamant that they aren't a cabaret act, they've got new albums so go fuck yourself," said Turner. "I really respect that and think it's a bold move, but at the same time, I do want to hear The Trooper and don't really care about what's on their last album."
He continued: "What we do, is we're entertainers, at the end of the day. It's like the whole Radiohead not playing 'Creep' thing. You are entertainers because you've charged people £40 to be here, and it's not going to kill you to take three minutes out of your setlist to play the one song that everyone wants to hear. Just fucking play it. You'll make everybody's night.
"There's something kind of petty about not playing it to me. The world is full of bands that wish they had one song that everyone wanted to hear, you've got one, enjoy it."
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