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For A Minute There, I Lost Myself [Aug. 26th, 2008|12:59 pm]
Cooper Black
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Wow a concert review...haven't done this in a while, but it seems totally necessary right now. I couldn't be more pleased to announce that Radiohead kind of blew me away last night. After the second Kid A tour I was pretty much done with seeing them live. It was a miserable show to put it mildly. We were at the top of the nosebleed section, it was a super weird mix of songs, Thom fucked up the second verse of Karma Police. Blah. I had seen them 6 times and I thought it migh be enough...I had been to the Bends tour, the OK Computer tour, and 2 Accoustic Xmas shows and had never really been blown away live...but last night was pretty fucking impressive. A lot of it had to do with the stage design.. which was fucking incredible. I've never seen anything like it...and someone made a collage of how it looks during different songs...



Check out the high res verison HERE.

and a close up verison HERE.

I later read on their blog that the whole thing is LED and solar powered and all kinds of eco friendly which is impressive if you consider how intensely bright and saturated the color was. I seriously can't explain how cool it looks in person.

So, the set list:

Reckoner
Optimistic
There There
15 Step
All I Need
Pyramid Song
Weird Fishes
Arpeggi
The Gloaming
Videotape
Talk Show Host (Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack!!!)
Faust Arp
Tell Me Why (Neil Young Cover!)
No Surprises
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
The Bends
The National Anthem
Nude
Bodysnatchers
 
First Encore:
House of Cards
Planet Telex
Go Slowly
Fake Plastic Trees
Everything In Its Right Place [True Love Waits intro]
 
Second Encore:
Cymbal Rush (from Thom's solo album)
Karma Police
Idioteque

So surprised to hear Talk Show Host...one of my often overlooked favorites from the Romeo and Juliet movie, I even had my first lap dance to this song at that Airport strip club. The Neil Young cover was also unexpected and a crazy accoustic contrast to the more electro stuff they had in the set. I think that is actually what really made this show so good...when they released Kid A, it was too radically different from the rest of their music that it didn't make sense when they played it all live. But now with their last two albums being so solid, their whole catalog mixes together much more cohesively. Thom is still a tiny epileptic leprechaun, spazzing out all over the stage..and when they closed with Idioteque it got all intensely dancey and electronic and you could tell the band was seriously genuinely in to it, which is really all I can ask for. Fake Plastic Trees was also surprising...I thought they didn't do that any more but it too felt genuine.

Overall I walked away remembering why I love them so hard, which is a good feeling to have about any band.
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[User Picture]From: michaelpop
2008-08-27 04:12 pm (UTC)
But now with their last two albums being so solid

Hail to the Thief might be the Radiohead album I listen to the least. I saw them for the first time on the Kid A tour and was so blown away. I remember when I first saw them perform "Idioteque" on Saturday Night Live and I thought it was one of the most amazing performances I'd ever seen. The other time I saw them when they toured for Hail... was great too, but after that I was content, figuring I'd seen enough. Guess not!
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[User Picture]From: inflatablesheep
2008-08-29 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's funny the more I talk about it I find there are only 2 types of Radiohead fans...those who love the first 3 albums and like the second 3, and those love the second 3 and like the first 3. But they both seem to be liking the 7th album and the band equally these days.
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