Backstage Radiohead Items Sell for Almost $1,000 on eBay
A set of backstage items from a recent Radiohead concert, including picks, setlists, drumsticks and posters, sold on eBay for $910. The pack of items was auctioned off by an Arizona resident who worked backstage at the band’s show at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale on March 15 of this year.
The package included crew T-shirts, call sheets, decorative plastic leaves from Thom Yorke’s microphone stand, and even signs that read “Catering,” “Dressing Rooms” and “Female Toilets.” There’s also a handwritten note from an unknown person that says, “Thom would like his acoustic guitar @ the end of show.”
It’s easy to question the ethics of a crew member snatching up every backstage item he can find in order to sell them for profit — especially when it comes to the setlists, which are typically given to fans after shows. Another of the items in the collection was a brown fedora Yorke personally handed the crew member before going on stage. Would Yorke have made such a gesture if he had known the hat would be auctioned off to the highest bidder?
Still, there was a lot of good stuff in the package for a hardcore Radiohead fan to enjoy. More than 1,200 people viewed the online auction and 16 people made bids. What do you think — is it wrong to grab all these items and throw them up on eBay?