Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Glasgow Green - Glasgow, Scotland
September 29, 2000 with Clinic
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The National Anthem
Morning Bell
In Limbo
Permanent Daylight
Paranoid Android
Exit Music
You And Whose Army
No Surprises
Dollars And Cents
I Might Be Wrong
Fake Plastic Trees
The Bends
How To Disappear Completely
Karma Police
The Tourist
Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Submitted on: MAY 22, 2003 06:09:09

In these days of commercial, manufactured trash like N-Sync or Steps, there isn?t really much point in going to concerts. The band gets up on a ten-metre high stage, dance a couple of numbers and mime badly to their badly produced albums, and everybody leaves, hoping to get to the nearest McDonald?s before it shuts. But this concert, this was something different. This was Radiohead. Radiohead! The greatest band of our time, the most listened to band of the last thirty years. Although I arrive an hour early, there is already a queue stretching for miles back to get in. A surge. The gates open, and ten thousand Radiohead fans pour into a giant, blue circus big-top bought especially for the tour. In a mixture of cunning and dexterity, I pull off the amazing feat of pushing my way to the front of the tent; right in the middle, just six feet away from the stage ? so close I can almost touch it. There is a long pause. Cups of water and dubiously scented hand-rolled cigarettes are passed around, the former by the two security guards present, the latter probably not. Tensions run high as the entire tent gives a five minute round of applause to a fat, middle-aged roadie who walks across the stage. Finally the support band, ?Clinic? appear on the stage to a rousing chant of ?who the fuck are you?? Despite the criticism from the Radiohead-starved crowd, Clinic are actually quite enjoyable, and the more of them I hear, the more I like. You?ve probably heard Clinic before; they?re the musical accompaniment to the new Levi?s engineered jeans adverts. The lead singer plays a solo on a customised instrument, some sort of cross between a horn and a miniature keyboard, to mixed applause and cries of ?stick it up your arse?. Clinic are on for nearly an hour, and on leaving, are applauded even by their very vocal detractors standing beside me. There is another long wait, and a good-natured water fight ensues. The crowd are restless, they demand Radiohead!

Suddenly, the lights dim. First Jonny walks on the stage, then Thom, then the rest of the band follow, jumping straight into a song from their new album called ?Everyone [The National Anthem]?. The crowd, myself included, shout, applaud and surge forward hysterically and I?m still astounded that Thom Yorke, the greatest vocalist in the country, my personal hero, is standing just a few yards in front of me. Thom greets the audience and then dives into ?In Limbo?, another new song, this time slower and dreamlike, as the crowd drifts from side to side with Thom?s music. As the band pick their guitars back up, a huge cheer resonates around the tent as Radiohead play the first bar of the oldest song in the evening, 1994?s ?My Iron Lung?, an absolute classic which sends the crowd into a headbanging frenzy over the earsplittingly loud, ground-shaking chorus. We?re all brought back down to Earth (some literally) as Thom breaks out into the slow, melancholy song that is ?Lucky? ? no, not a Britney Spears cover, but an incredible song about wanting to fall in love, comparing the experience to being ?pulled out of the aircrash?. By this point, things are starting to blur, songs are rolling into one, becoming a collective experience. I?m smiling happily without even realising it by the time that Thom breaks into ?Paranoid Android?, dedicating it to ?TV chefs and other people without personalities?. There?s some more pensive, laid-back music from the new album, before another highlight of the evening as the band plays ?Permanent Daylight? a fast, jaunty B-side from 1994 and the entire crowd jumps about ecstatically as Thom roars ?it must be hard with your head on backwards?.

The second best part of the evening comes with the subtly disturbing ?Climbing up the walls?. Jonny switches on an old radio and a newscaster?s voice says that ?a man was jailed today for the murder?? The news begins to hiccup and stutter, eventually becoming a disturbed series of groans which, much to the delight of the audience, Thom grimly lip-synchs along with, his arms outstretched. As he hits the lyric ?I am her face when she sleeps tonight, / I am the pick in the ice? a single laser appears on the back wall, making distorted, swirling patterns. There?s another new song, ?Dollars and Cents? before my personal highlight of the evening, the beautiful ?No Surprises?, featuring Jonny on the Xylophone. I?m absolutely elated by the last verse of the song, and I look back at Thom who, to my absolute delight and amazement, stares me right back in the eyes as he sings ?such a pretty house and such a pretty garden? and a huge grin spreads all over my face. Thom grins back, just as widely and then gives me the same half-wink that he gives on the video before turning away; but to me, it seems like the moment, just a few seconds long, has lasted for hours. I feel an incredible surge of adrenaline, losing myself completely in the music. The rest of the concert becomes blurry ? there?s the phenomenal guitar anthem that is ?Just?, a song that makes you want to jump about and sing (shout) along, which is what most of the crowd do, then comes the slow, moving piano solo ?Egyptian Song? which Thom introduces as being ?a song to give you good vibes?, ending on the repeated line ?and there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt?. The most experimental song on the playlist is the overpowering ?Idioteque?, a dance track with an unstoppable drum loop and incredible vocals. Thom introduces it by smugly crooning ?this is a song called Idio-tek?, spitting out the song title as the pounding beat commences. Throughout the song Thom dances and jumps across the stage in a surreal mockery which is nothing short of astounding, if only to wonder how he can move so many body parts in so many different directions at once. The entire crowd is mesmerised. The last song before Radiohead leave the stage is ?Everything in its right place?, most memorable as Thom clutches his hand to his heart and feigns being in pain, yet his wild, lively eyes give away just how much of a good time he is having.

The first encore features a new song ?I could be wrong?, which is deeply mysterious, mainly because I couldn?t make out a word of the lyrics. Thom picks up his acoustic guitar and plays ?Fake Plastic Trees? which is undeniably the greatest Radiohead song ever written, telling the sorrowful tale of a man surrounded by ?fake? people, including his girlfriend and even himself. It ends with Thom singing a choked line of ?if I could be who you wanted?? to which someone shouts out ?You are, Thom!? and I?m sure I see a smile on his lips at this as the song dies out quietly and is replaced by the loud, abrasive guitars of ?Karma Police?. The second encore begins with the ethereal and resigned ?How to disappear completely and never be found?, as dark clouds are projected onto the back wall and Thom?s voice, singing ?I?m not here, this isn?t happening? is lost in the midst of a choir of sound effects and strings. Once the crowd recover from their collective eyes-shut whilst nodding backwards and forwards experience, the band strike up another classic, ?The Bends?, their most memorable song, which, like ?Fake Plastic Trees? is all about being ?fake?, only this time Thom seems contemptuous of the entire system, mockingly saying ?we don?t have any real friends? and ?are we really sinking this low?? but the highlight has to be when he sings the chorus of ?just lying in the bar with my drip feed on / talking to my girlfriend, waiting for something to happen?? in a ridiculously put-on falsetto, shrugging his shoulders at the audience. Finally, the band strike up ?The Tourist?, as Thom says ?this one?s for Clinic?, who really deserved more recognition than the audience was willing to give them.

As everything goes dark, the shadowy figure of Thom Yorke appears out of the blackness, as he says ?just kidding? one last song? and then sits down at the keyboard to give a slow rendition of ?Motion Picture Soundtrack? before leaving finally, leaving the audience baying for more. The applause lasts for what seems like forever, then it actually takes forever to get out of the tent. Did I enjoy myself? What do you think? Of course I did! The quality of the concert was incredible. There were no pretentious special effects, hardly any guards between us and the stage, the band were clearly genuinely enjoying themselves, something that was reflected in the incredible quality of the music there. Radiohead: a band that, even after being together ten years, are still going from strength to strength. Get out there and buy their albums, you won?t be disappointed.

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