Radiohead is early into their North American tour and they stopped in
Not a lot of chatter between songs. I don’t mind that at all. The last thing I want at a concert that I spent $60 for is for some Brit to tell me how to vote or how bad our government is. The only political statements I saw were Tibetan flags draping Thom’s piano and another one off to the side of the stage.
It was fun watching my wife’s reaction to Thom’s “dancing”. She didn’t know much about them and if you didn’t know what he was doing, you’d think it was a bit. Thom Yorke looks like a cross between Clay Aiken and Ed Grimley.
The band sounded excellent. It was pretty crowded, but the crowd did not sound very vocal, but that is due to the outdoor amphitheater affect. The show began with an odd choice (I felt) “All I Need” from In Rainbows. They played all of the songs off of their new cd. Only one b-side song played all night (“Bangers and Mash”).
The first five or so songs were kind of laid back but they ramped up the volume and the mood soon after. Best song of the night was “Bodysnatchers” off the new release. Second best song was “My Iron Lung,” third was “Fake Plastic Trees.” My wife loved “Idioteque”, “My Iron Lung” and “You and Who’s Army” which featured Thom on piano mugging into a tiny camera. Biggest reactions from the crowd were to “Fake Plastic Trees” and “Paranoid Android” (which I always thought was overrated, but they knocked it out of the park last night).
We had great weather, and the show was fantastic. For some reason, I enjoyed "There There" the most (it's my second favorite song by them). The more that I reflect on the evening, this show may have been in my top three shows that I have ever enjoyed. The band got better as the night went on. I have heard how good they are live, and I experienced true musical greatness last night.
Full Set List:
All I Need
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
You and Who’s Army
Nude (with only Thom and Jonny on acoustic guitars)
Everyone in Its
Bangers and Mash
Exit Music (for a Film)
My Iron Lung
Fake Plastic Trees
House of Cards
Below is a sampling of Thom's dancing during "Idioteque" from last night. Ignore the sound, watch Ed Grimley work.