Radiohead in Houston

by Jonathan on March 5, 2012

Ed O'Brien and Jonny Greenwood

Ed and Jonny in Houston (photo by Jay Dryden)

Over the weekend, Radiohead performed at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. If you went, tell us your thoughts in the comments!


01 Bloom
02 Little By Little
03 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
04 Morning Mr Magpie
05 The Gloaming
06 15 Step
07 Codex
08 Cut A Hole
09 These are My Twisted Words
10 Airbag
11 Identikit
12 Lotus Flower
13 There There
14 Feral
15 Idioteque
16 Reckoner

17 Separator
18 All I Need
19 Myxomatosis
20 Everything In Its Right Place

21 Give Up the Ghost
22 Nude
23 Paranoid Android

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  • Sarah

    It was incredible! People went crazy when they played Paranoid Android. I was a little disappointed with the crowd though, they actually had to be shushed by Thom and Ed during Codex! Overall it seemed like people weren’t as familiar with TKoL songs. Can’t wait to see them again in Austin on Wednesday.

  • Gordillo

    Just fucking amazing, the best two hours of my life, and I get to do it again on Wednesday in Austin!!!!!

  • Ben Hall

    The crowd in my little area of the floor was fuckin’ dead.  At the end of the night, it didn’t look like anyone had even so much as broken a sweat.  I could barely walk.

    Maybe it was the awful, awful, awful acoustics of the Toyota Center – I’ll skip that venue from now on.  (“Morning Mr. Magpie” was rendered completely unrecognizable by the terrible dynamics of the room.)  Nonetheless, the band played with so much energy; I don’t know how the people around me managed to dodge that spirit, especially in light of the excellent set list.

    I wasn’t really sure that anything could compare to the stage show from 2008’s tour.  I was wrong.  The simple elegance of Radiohead’s light show always floors me, and those mobile LED video panels might be the best setup of them all.  The effect was stunning, especially when they were set to create a sort of animated light ceiling above the band.  (It was funny to see Thom playfully duck at one point as they were being lowered.  Ed, on the other hand, didn’t budge once.  Kinda ironic.)

    I had a great time, and I’m glad I got to do it all again in Dallas. 

  • Stephen L.

    To comment on what Ben Hall said about the acoustics of the room it must have been the spot he was in because where I was it sounded absolutely fantastic.  I could hear every instrument clearly and the bass was never overwhelming.  I was straight back from the stage in the lower section of seats.  Usually that far away from the stage in most arenas the sound is kind of echoing and muddled but I thought it was great at this show.  I noticed there were extra sets of speakers further back so that must have contributed to the quality of the sound.

    Also I agree that a lot of people at the show didn’t seem to care through most of it but at the same time there were quite a few around me who did seem to really enjoy it.

    I thought it was a great show all around.  I was really happy to get to here all of the songs off King of Limbs.  I also was glad to get to see Myxomatosis live and really enjoyed Paranoid Android as the closer.  The light show was fantastic throughout the show but was really good on Paranoid.

  • Ben Hall

    I’m sincerely glad it sounded good to someone.  I was on the floor, standing about 30 feet from the stage, dead-center, and it sounded terrible.  You could tell throughout the performance that the sound guy was doing all he could to fix it, but it just wasn’t there to be fixed.  Colin’s bass during “Bloom” was horribly distorted, and by the end of the night, the bass was pretty much gone altogether.

    American Airlines Center in Dallas was a night and day improvement over the Toyota Center in Houston.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed with Ben. At least from where I was (ten or so rows from rail) it was completely dead. Felt like my friend and I were the only ones moving. I got weird looks for jumping during There There.

    Sounded great of course tho. Paranoid Android was crazy.

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