Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

The Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA USA
March 14, 1996
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Anyone Can Play Guitar
Planet Telex
Let Down
High & Dry
Subterranean Homesick Alien
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Fake Plastic Trees
The Bends
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Submitted on: AUGUST 26, 2003 19:22:17

I'm surprised there's so little info on this show - the most amazing Radiohead performance I've seen. I was a music journalist on the West Coast at the time and it was before the press had become overbearing on the band. I had an interview with Radiohead that morning -- I met Thom and Jonny at their hotel, just a few blocks down the strip from the Troubadour.

Different time then; we sat in a little alcove off the hotel lobby and people walked by and no one had any idea who they were, despite the L.A. success of Creep, Fake Plastic Trees, High and Dry, etc. We talked for about 90 minutes about the band's music and growing success. I have the tape still. I remember asking Thom if he had any grasp of how deeply his songs could touch people from backgrounds utterly different from his own. He snorted at the idea, and said if he started thinking about that, he'd turn into Sting - a fate worse than death.

Thom and Jonny signed my copy of The Bends, with Thom writing "Sorry I talked shit."

That night there was the secret show at the Troubadour for 250 people - invite only, I think. I don't know if the full 250 showed up. I know i was able to stand right next to the stage with no problem. I remember them doing the unreleased "Electioneering," and enjoying it so much that they did it again in the encore - much to the crowd's delight.

And I remember the hairs tingling on my neck in Fake Plastic Trees -- an unbelievable version that just soared when the band kicked back in after "it wears me out."

If there's a tape out there somewhere, please contact me.

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