Green Bands Can't Stop Fans From Polluting

Rock armies have to reach the show somehow
By Michael Foreman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2008 4:21 PM CDT
Green Bands Can't Stop Fans From Polluting
Fans at a Radiohead concert in Barcelona, 1997. Motoring fans spewed 10,000 tons of CO2 into the air during the band's 2003 North American tour.    (Magnum Photos)

It's not easy being a green band. While touring musicians try to cut their carbon footprints with biodiesel buses and recycling, fans wreak environmental havoc, reports Rolling Stone. The venues arena rockers need sit miles outside of city centers, forcing concertgoers to gas up and hit the road. And the fuel in all those waving lighters can't help, either.

A study of Radiohead's 2003 North American tour revealed that rabid fans en route spewed some 10,000 tons of CO2 into the air. "The big eye-opener for me was Bonnaroo, which had about a seven-hour traffic tailback to get in," said Thom Yorke. "That's f---ing nuts." Some venues have responded with carpool lanes and parking lots for large events. (More Radiohead stories.)

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