Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Roseland Ballroom - New York, NY USA
October 11, 2000 with Handsome Boy Modeling School
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National Anthem (with full brass ensemble!!)
Morning Bell
In Limbo
Iron Lung
Permanant Daylight
You And Whose Army
No Surprises
Dollars and Cents
Talkshow Host
How to Disappear Completely
Paranoid Android
Everything in its Right Place

I Might Be wrong
Karma Police
The Bends
Pyramid Song (title confirmed by Thom)

(second encore - thom, colin, jonny only)
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Show Notes
Featured full jazz emsemble on "National Anthem."
There are 4 reviews for this show.

Submitted on: MAY 22, 2003 06:26:36

I didn't ever, ever want them to stop playing. That said, they did eventually stop (but it was a nice long show, 2
hours, around 20 songs). I started trying to keep a setlist, but
couldn't find my pen, and had it going well in my head for about 5
songs before I totally lost it and got too wrapped up.
However, I found a setlist elsewhere, so I'll use that for my comments.
Which go like thees:

1. The National Anthem: they had a full brass ensemble for this one, and it was everything you'd expect it to be.
2. Morning Bell
3. Airbag: At this point it suddenly occurred to me that "this is really happening" and I got a little choked up.
I think this was also the first of about three songs that Thom introduced in a silly accented voice saying "Thees one goes laik thees!" I hadn't seen Radiohead live before, so I didn't really know how to expect Thom to behave. People are saying he seemed to be in a good mood, and he certainly did seem to enjoy himself; he even smiled a fair bit. If you're used to concerts where the lead singer talks a lot and banters with the audience and so on, that ain't Thom, that's for
sure. But I was't expecting *that* from our sulky genius.
4. In Limbo - nice, very true to the CD. I was surprised how true to the CD most of Kid A was, and in fact most of the concert. I would've been happy to hear alternates of some of the songs. But then again, I was happy to hear anything...
5. Optimistic - big crowd reaction to the one natural "single" on Kid A.
6. Lucky - I was so glad they played this. I'd been listening to it in the car on the way to the train station, and it suddenly struck me that I really, really wanted to hear it live. Thanks guys.
7. My Iron Lung - love the opening chords of this. Thom went all-out in the loud bits.
8. Permanent Daylight - I think this was when a string broke or something and Thom had a little tantrum and threw his guitar across the stage. The crowd ate that one up. He was handed another guitar and continued without further incident.
9. You And Whose Army? - didn't know this one, don't really remember it that well, must have liked it alright I guess.
10. No Surprises - was it just me? Thom was about a key flat for the first verse - yowch. I was hoping they'd do the alternate version, just
for variety.
11. Dollars And Cents - I didn't know this song before, but it was so absolutely beautiful, beautiful aching harmonies, dizzyingly gorgeous, probably my favorite song of the night. Please, please, please let them put this on the next album.
12. Talk Show Host - so glad they played this! Yes!
13. How To Disappear Completely - I was really looking forward to this... when I listen to this on the album I find I have to stop whatever I'm doing at the "Strobe lights and blown speakers" verse. It started with a different string whine than the one on the album, and they didn't play the swoopy bit for the first verse or so.
14. Paranoid Android - what more need be said? Many of us bellowed along with "Rain down" and felt cleansed.
15. Idioteque - this was one of the highlights of the night, with Thom screaming "Ice age coming!" and launching into a frenetic, possessed dance shattered by strobe lights, bending down low over the crowd, getting everyone worked up. Fantastic. This was when I especially wished I was right up front - I was probably about 25 people back, close enough to see but nowhere near close enough for eye contact.
16. Just - crowd went nuts for this, which surprised me a little, and people got a little rowdy in spots. Thom introduced it with "This is a ROCK song."
17. Everything In Its Right Place - could barely see the stage by this point, but I could hear the Thom samples being played back, and the song just builds and builds and builds more than it does on the album until you barely think you can take it any more, but you don't want it to stop.
18. I Might Be Wrong (start of encore 1) - didn't know this one. Nice.
19. Karma Police
20. The Bends - another crowd-pleaser.
21. Pyramid Song - You know the bit at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark where they open the ark and all the demons and ghosts start swirling and rushing around everyone? I closed my eyes and Thom's voice did just that. I'd heard this song on mp3 but was completely floored by it live. Thom introduced it by saying he thinks it's called Pyramid Song now.
22. Motion Picture Soundtrack (encore 2) - true to the CD version, not the acoustic version from earlier. As the band left the stage for the last time Thom held up a big sign that said "Thank You".

I think I was shellshocked all the way home from the sheer energy and emotion of the concert. I didn't want Thom's voice to ever stop. I also got to hear most of the songs I wanted them to play... If I could have picked more I would have asked for Lift, Big Ideas, Follow Me Around, and The Tourist - but you can't have everything, now can you? I have no complaints, that's for damn sure.

I was going to try to get a camera in, but heard that Roseland does some serious searching. They did in fact check my bag, but I could've easily gotten something in in a pocket. But I saw LOTS of cameras, so there should be no shortage of pictures. I just hope someone managed to record the show.

What a night. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the band.

Submitted on: MAY 22, 2003 06:27:06

Here is my initial (2 a.m.) review of the show.. Totally Overwhelming. That is definitely my immediate and ongoing reaction to this unbelievable performance. The band is tighter than I had seen them in my previous 3 gigs. Thom was definitely enjoying himself. the band was psyched throughout. I felt that the band was the equivalent of Mozart at the top of his game. Although they certainly can keep this type of perfection up forever, there is no guarantee that we will ever see a show like this again. Thom was outstanding, but, even though all the interviews I have read make kid a seem like it began as his project, he didn?t really dominate the show. Rather, the music really did.. the band was amazing. I think Ed has become as much of a effect tinkerer as Jonny.

Ticketbastard Parts One and Two
The experience of the last 48 hours was incredibly intense. From getting screwed by ticketmaster, watching the price of tickets rise to $500 on ebay, and feeling that although I couldn?t afford to scalp, some how I would get in.
I had to.

Getting my own tickets was a bit of a miracle. For about 20 minutes on Wednesday morning, ticketmaster put tickets back on sale!!!! A friend called me at 10 am telling me that he had just bought tickets, and I raced to get my order in before they closed out a few minutes later (THANKS ARYEH!!!!!).. bona fide miracle. It seemed like a total mistake, and I really didn?t believe that I would get tickets until they were in my hand.... never give up hope....try the best you can.. the best you can is good enough.

Handsome boy modeling school opened. Prince paul spinning some old hip hop (1988-1991 stuff) with some newer dance music thrown in. They talked to the crowd before their final track, promoting their album and polling the crowd on their current musical taste. We were all jumping out of our skin, waiting for the show to start. At about 9:15 they told the crowd that Radiohead needed
a few more minutes as they had something special for us (I guess they were referring to the full brass section that came out for the opener, National Anthem).

The crowd was captivated and enthusiastic and totally in sync with the band. What really came through, I felt, was that they have not only mastered the integration of their digital and other sound toys into the music, but that they are intent on not compromising at all despite the fact that they are only 5 on the stage. They move seamlessly between the instruments, the effects, the soundbox/radio/digital/sampler etc. Jonny seems entranced looping/delaying/switching between the guitar/keyboard/sampler over and over...taking the delay and jumping over it with further looping... just mezmerizing.

The band opened with a full brass section (maybe 7 or 8 musicians) for National Anthem. Thom was totally in control, conducting almost, of the brass them the signal to just freak out at the right moment. He had this great tempo going, alternating between mumbling and echoes in the opening, before belting out the opening lyrics.. you were never quite sure in the beginning if he was singing, moaning or mumbling....the song was incredible live. Very true to the album version, yet very free and spontaneous.

I think they followed up with Morning Bell. Truly astounding live. I think that this song is about divorce or separation...really heart wrenching. Right on. Thom was off center at a keyboard for this one, I believe.

Thom introduced airbag as one of the old songs, or something to that effect. They really rocked out on this one.... Kid a really fits into their live repertoire... airbag didn?t feel out of place among the kid a material at all.

In limbo was overwhelming. Thom really let loose with the ?you?re living in a fantasy? refrain. I think he referred to it later in the show in an aside to the audience that I think was meant as a playful diss on New Yorkers. I think he said something like ?you are all in fucking lala land, living in a fantasy in your black clothes? (new york is filled with people in black outfits). Something like that.... I am sure someone out there caught his remarks.

Lucky was a masterpiece.... as always. Talk show host was definitely a high point of the set, if that is possible.

I think that the crowd really freaked out when they went into how to disappear...that song really opened us all up to how powerful, tight, and heavenly their sound really is. At some point they played permanent daylight, and the crowd really responded ? a sign of how knowledgeable this crowd was.

At one point towards the end of the show, I think after either ?you and whose army? or ?egyptian song? thom said that this song is for all of you who have heard this on napster... he said something about how it might be called ?pyramid song?, but that he had forgot what it is called, or wasn?t sure.... really one of the best Radiohead songs I have ever heard.

Motion picture soundtrack was the second/final encore. It really sounded like there was a harp on the stage, but I couldn?t see one. Jonny was obscured from my vantage point, and I imagine that he was playing a synthesizer, but it may have been a harp.... is that possible? Does it matter??

I think that this performance of The Bends was the best I have heard.. it sounds so perfect mixed in with tracks like Idioteque.

During Idioteque, when Johnny was mixing thoms voice from earlier in the song, Thom was running around the stage with this crazed hunched over (ape like) gait, reaching out his hands towards different pieces of the audience.. wild stuff. That song is going to reinvent techno music.. the only band that can get a techno/trance effect with a tambourine.. Thom is a phenomenal percussionist, which I never really appreciated until I saw him on this number

I think that Jonny broke a string when playing Just. I think he always breaks a string playing that tune. Or maybe he was just bending it with his hand and it looked like it wasn?t even connected anymore..

There was a crazy moment about 25% of the way in right at the beginning of a song (I think it was Iron Lung) where Thom either popped a string, or his guitar was out of tune .. and he quickly took off his guitar and threw it strings faced down across the stage floor.. I thought he was going to smash it, but he kept his cool.

The lights were great, but I did not notice any difference really in the style from those used on the OKC tour. My guess is that they can pull together some special lighting for the Tent Shows. I hope they pull together a tent tour through the US in the spring.

All in all, the show was an absolute triumph. They played in NYC, (and in the US) for the first time in two and a half years on the day that their album officially hit #1 in the US and they really overwhelmed a crowd that does not overwhelm easily.

A great personal interest story with Colin
As a side note, the Roseland totally sucks. The staff were totally abusive, and they have this stupid system for entrance that had you waiting outside for hours before you could get in, even if you had a ticket. Thankfully we got in early through a fluke that let some will call people in early. Once inside we shticked our way into VIP land... after the show, they quickly cleared away the main general admission area, and we hung around VIP land... Colin came by and said hi to a couple of fans hanging out. One woman gave him a greeting card. Apparently she had hung out in front of their hotel (I wont reveal which one to keep stalkers away) and caught him leaving the hotel earlier in the day. She explained how she had been totally screwed by ticketmaster and had no tickets.. so he told her that he would put her and her friend on the guest list. They were blown away that he remembered their names... it seemed like a
magical moment for these two girls... Way to go Colin!! Way to go girls!!

Anyway it is late, my head is spinning, and none of this seems real anyway. Thanks Radiohead, your tech/sound/light staff, Nigel and NEW YORK CITY FANS for a mystical night. Keep inventing new forms of perfection.

Submitted on: MAY 22, 2003 06:27:52

Yes it was a brilliant performance. But brilliant doesn't quite cover it. With rumors swirling of Kid A topping the charts worldwide, and reports of fans standing in line for more than 15 hours for tickets, it actually felt historic. Like Beatlemania in terms of the level of hysteria . . . it almost felt as if we were witnessing the exact moment when the secret finally broke, and the world finally figured out how amazing these guys were. And as they walked onto stage, back in America for the first time since the release of an album they surely thought would alienate many fans, they must have been shocked to see quite the opposite: a small ballroom packed to the brim with screaming, ecstatic fans (who apparently liked Kid A more than anything else the band has ever done). Thom could not contain himself; he was smiling from ear to ear. And then they proceeded to play the most perfect set I have ever heard. I have to think that this was one of the highlights of their careers to this point.

To start from the beginning though: people were indeed camping out for tickets as early as 5 p.m. Monday afternoon. The fuckers at Roseland however decided to hand out wrist bands at 6 a.m. (when many of the people in the front of the line were asleep) and, coincidentally (?), when scalpers began to show up. This meant that many people from the back of the line rushed to the front or tiptoed (so as not to wake the sleepers) to get wristbands; some of the people who had been waiting the longest (but who unfortunately were sleeping when the wristbands were handed out) were left without tickets. Some people camped out all night at the wrong box office and were also shut-out.

The line to get into the ballroom the night of the concert was similarly chaotic. It did indeed stretch around the block and people were ditching and yelling at eachother . . . absolute chaos. Inside was the same thing: people pushing and grabbing to make their way closer to the stage. Madness. But there did seem to be a sense of community among the crowd, especially since so many people had camped out for so long to get in.

Prince Paul and Dan the Automator did spin records for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, they announced that they had been asked to play a few minutes longer, as Radiohead were still preparing "a surprise." At this point, we were all bubbling with anticipation.... Then a few minutes later, after the djs left, Radiohead came on stage (Thom looking absolutely thrilled) followed by 8 brass players. Everyone knew what that meant and we all went nuts. They launched into National Anthem and it was great (although actually you couldn't hear some of the brass; it will surely sound better on Saturday Night Live). Full of energy. Jonny used his radio to throw in crazy "samples". At the end, Thom turned his back to the audience and pretended to be conducting. It was spectacular. When the commotion cleared, the brass players were gone and Thom was perched at the rhodes for Morning Bell.

The set, as previously mentioned, was perfect. They were in absolute top form. Thom was in a great mood and Jonny was playing better than I have ever heard him. It seemed as if on every song he improvised some sort of crazy, new accompaniment which fit amazingly well. He was all over the place - keyboards, guitars, xylaphones, radios, drum machines, samplers, theramins - he was the star of the show as far as I'm concerned.

It was also good to see that they have finally reached the point where they have too many good songs to play--last night's casualties were Street Spirit, Exit Music, and Climbing up the Walls--and they seem to be opting towards new stuff, although everything, including The Bends (which Thom introduced with a sarcastic "This is a *rock* song!" and a brief metal-rocker imitation), sounded perfect. Perfect and yet different from the album versions.

The consensus after the show seemed to be that it had been one of the best concerts anyone had seen. The guy next to me said honestly: "That was worth waiting in line all night for."

Submitted on: MAY 22, 2003 06:28:23

The opening act of Hansom Boy Modeling School was, self admittedly, as Prince Paul (member) put it, "only background music." After dashing to the front row and claiming realestate along the bar from which to watch the show(for those of us lucky and dedicated enough to get such a prime spot), the audience waited aproximately two and a half hours for the beloved Radiohead to grace the stage. Before tacking on another five minutes to the opening act, Prince Paul announced to the audience that Radiohead had just asked them to keep "spinning" a bit longer because the band had "planned something very special for you guys." And planned something special they had; when the band finally took the stage there were not five people up there but rather twelve! Radiohead erupted into "National Anthem" accompanied by a seven-piece brass ensamble! The energy was overwhelming.
Thom was more than "up" for the show. However, his verbal comminication was next to nil with reguards to extra-lyrical comments save the occasional "thank you" after a song or a "this one goes like disss..." preceeding a song. His musical performance spoke a hundred times stronger than his spoken words could have.
Conversly, Ed was the most overtly interactive with the audience out of the five. On several occasions he responded either by smiling or with hand-motions to cries directed towards him from the crowd. He had quite the night on backing vocals. "No Surprises" and "Karma Police" come to mind in particular. As impossible as laughing durring something as serious as "Karma Police" may sound, Ed had the audience doing so durring the intoduction as he stood on the side of the stage and mocked Jonny's piano playing by sarcastically and very gloomily - almost zombie-ishly impersonating him while playing his own "air-piano."
Colin was in "vintage-Colin" form. He lingered in the back of the stage next to Phil almost the entire time. Always bobbing his head and frequently smiling, seemingly at how well they were playing. To add to the sublte but heart-felt humor interspersed within the show, upon taking the stage for the second encore, Colin sipped his beer and wabbled around as if he were in a drunken stupor, smiling all the while.
Phil was noticed in some respect by playing "unnoticeably." By this I mean that his drumming was very tight and steady. His part in "Morning Bell" continued to stun fans despite the fact that it is looped on the album version.
Jonny's stage pressence was incredibly beautiful in its unique way. His emotion was unmistakable although his facial expression was frozen in one place from beginning to end. He was incredibly aggressive on guitar and the polar-opposite on keyboard where he delicately played and swam in his hair, which was covering his face also in "vinage Jonny" fashion.
The most disturbing part of the evening occurred durring the introduction of "How to Disappear Completely." Durring the ambiant lead in, before his accoustic entrance, Thom repeatedly stared directly upwards and seemed to focus on something specific. It was as if he was looking beyond, possibly up to Heaven, possibly to his own little word. One thing was for sure, he was not that stage, although his body was. One could hear a pin drop in the auditorium, and then the entire evening was nearly entirely ruinned! Some moron about five rows back started screaming something idiotic to the affect of "BACKSTEET'S BACK ALRIGHT" at least twice. Those of us around him stongly told him to shut up using slightly stonger words, while trying not to further disrupt the perfomance. But it was too late, a look of total disgust fell over Thom's face immediately. He then played the first few bars of his accoustic part with the saddst of expressions and was totally disheatenned. And!
then a miracle happened: Thom

looked over toward our side of the audience, near Ed, and seemed to pick up on the enthusiastic and encouraging faces pleading for Thom to re-engage into the song. Thom gave the slightest nod and was at once engulfed in the song again. It seemed as if the sour feeling he got from that one person was erased by those who truely understand and share in the passion of the music and this song in particular. The remainder of the song was utterly flooring.
The show concluded with "Motion Picture Soundtrack" where Thom played a Korg electic piano or organ. Colin was very withdrawn in the back on the stand-up double bass, and Jonny on the computer. Once again, Thom stared straight up, past our physical surrounding before melting into the microphone. At the conclusion of the song, Thom reached into the crowd to grab a sign from an incredibly devoted and deserving fan (T.B. - you know who you are; couldn't have happened to a better fan). Thom held the sign up above his head and panned it around to the audience smiling. And with out saying a word, he said it all - the ultimate communication and message from both the fans to the band and the band to the fans; the sign simply read: "THANK YOU." And that was all that needed to be said.

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