Radiohead is ready to take the show back on the road.

The band has confirmed a series of small-scale concert dates beginning in May in Europe and the U.K., followed by tour dates in the U.S. and Canada in June, including a headlining appearance at the 2006 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The British alt-rockers are then slated to return to Europe to play several more shows, including Britain's V Festival in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on Aug. 19-20.

According to a statement from Radiohead, the upcoming tour will feature "new songs that are work in progress" in an effort to keep things "fun and spontaneous."

"We're excited to be touring again, especially to play new songs to an audience," the band said. "For the first time, we have no contract or release deadline to fulfill--it's both liberating and terrifying."

Tickets for the bulk of the concerts go on sale March 25.

Radiohead has been working on a followup album to 2003's politically charged Hail to the Thief for months now, though no official timetable has been set for its release. However, the band said that it planned to release "music to download when we are excited about it, rather than wait 12 months for a full-blown album release."

In a post on the band's official Website, frontman Thom Yorke elaborated further on what the band has in store for its fans.

"By the way, listening back to things we are doing and looking through the lyrics today and stuff, it feels like we are finally getting somewhere," Yorke wrote. "There are lots of songs. Too many to get together straight away. So we will be furiously rehearsing and writing as we go."

Yorke, who will appear with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood at the Friends of the Earth's Big Ask Campaign benefit concert at London's Koko Club on May 1, also chastised those profiting off of tickets to the event by selling them on eBay at inflated prices.

"Might i suggest that those selling their Koko tickets on eBay for stupid money gives a contribution, say 30 percent of their proceeds, back to Friends of the Earth, for whose benefit we are all doing this show," Yorke wrote. "Seems only fair, unless you're a shallow ____, dont you think?"

The musician serves as an official ambassador for the charity, which is calling for international cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite his support for the cause, he recently turned down the chance to discuss climate change with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on its behalf, on the grounds that Blair has "no environmental credentials."

"It was just obvious there was no point in meeting him anyway, and I didn't want to," he said in an interview in British magazine New Music Express.

Yorke said the experience soured him on political activism in general.

"I came out of that whole period just thinking, I don't want to get involved directly, it's poison," he said. "I'll just shout my mouth off from the sidelines."

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