Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Thunderbird Stadium - Vancouver, BC Canada
June 24, 2001 with Beta Band
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Setlist
1. The National Anthem
2. Morning Bell
3. Lucky
4. Airbag
5. In Limbo
6. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
7. Exit Music
8. You and Whose Army
9. No Surprises
10. Dollars and Cents
11. Knives Out
12. Permanent Daylight
13. Just
14. Pyramid Song
15. Paranoid Android
16. Idioteque
17. Everything In Its Right Place

Encore
19. I Might Be Wrong
20. Street Spirit
21. Climbing Up the Walls
22. How To Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
21. Big Ideas / Nude
22. Talk Show Host
23. Karma Police
Show Notes
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Reviews
There are 10 reviews for this show.

STEPHANIE:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:45:00


Oh man... that was positively the best show (music wise) i have ever seen! the evening started out with my friend and i trying to find a spot where we could see anything at all, as the arrangement for the audience at the thunderbird was quite ridiculous (and for those of you in the head seat area, consider yourselves the luckiest S.O.B.'s on the planet). The first hour just consisted of a DJ (*yawn*) and after a while, the Beta Band came on, who were excellent. they were very interactive with the audience and made some excellent sounds. by that point i was in excruciating pain in the legs and back, and coughing tar (care of the fucks who wouldn't be considerate enough to realize that other people don't quite enjoy inhaling second hand poison) but the fact that Radiohead was coming up kept me pumped. Radiohead were absolutely brilliant! every song was well done. the highlights were "You And Whose Army?", "Paranoid Android", "Idioteque" (the one and only song where i dared to make a complete ass of myself in front of thousands of strangers by dancing my little body out), "Just" and "Karma Police"!!!! We got two encores, one of which consisted of "Big Ideas" (that was a shocker). The band was so full of energy and gave it their all as far as i could tell. Thom was interactive with the audience (as expected) and full of energy as demonstrated in the seizure dance during "Idioteque". I strongly suggest that those of you who have tickets to future shows count your blessings as this is not a show to be missed!


HANSEN:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:45:15


Despite the poor and overcrowded venue, Radiohead delivered yet another incredible show. The band arrived at Thunderbird Stadium at 3:30pm, about 5 hours before they were to set on stage. During the soundcheck, I'm pretty sure I heard them play 2 new tracks which I have never heard of before. No I don't think one of them was Reckoner.

The Beta Band were great as well, as they opened up with a 45 minute-show. Radiohead came on the stage around 8:30. The band was not very animated or invovled with the show at first, but Thom eventually got a bit more invovled with the crowd.

Throught the first few songs, the band played quite routinely. Before 'Just', Thom false-started, as he started to strum the first couple chords of the song, he looked up and realized that Jonny did not even have his Telecaster strapped on his shoulder.

During one moment, apparently people in the crowd yelled something to Thom (probably requesting 'Creep'). Then Thom told the band and the crowd, "Okay, we're changing our setlist". Apparently the request for 'Creep' went even louder, Thom and Ed had a really good laugh about it, and Thom replied something like "here's our creep" and they began playing Permanent Daylight.

The band played two sets of encores. At first I was quite worried because the crowd was not ethusiastic at all/not cheering at the end. A few actually left before the band came on for the encores. During the first encore, Thom introduces 'I might be wrong' with "This next song is about getting lost in the mountains - obviously".

The most bizarre moment for the band was when they returned for the 2nd encore. Apparently the plan was for them to play 'Talk Show Host', as I heard Jonny soundchecking his keyboard with parts to 'Talk Show Host'. However, Thom began playing the song which many of us heard on 'Meeting People is Easy', "Nude/Big Ideas/Don't get any" (Thom plays guitar on this version). Jonny, however, did not have an instrument and watched the rest of the band play away. He spent most of the time looking down at the ground. I think he thought about picking up a guitar, then decided not to. Then he sat down in front of one of his keyboards. When Thom finished singing the first verse, he walked over and tapped on the grand piano, used for Pyramid Song, the Jonny started playing along with the band. The song was sort of incompleted, because the whole band kept on playing after Ed's distortion chord part, then Thom stopped playing his guitar, and said into the mic "I think that's the end of that one."

People in Vancouver waited over 4 years for the band to return. It was definitly worth the wait.


CHRIS:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:45:29


tonight's concert was quite amazing. the weather held quite nicely for both bands. the beta band was quite surprisingly good. radiohead was at its top form tonight. in addition to the music, the lights were amazing. the different uses of colour and such in paranoid android and others were brilliant. the set was very strong and well accepted with the crowd particularily liking the national anthem, paranoid android, airbag, idioteque, the pyramid song, exit music for a film, and the surprising inclusion of just. the encores were equally strong, including street spirit and concluding with karma police. all in all, a wonderful concert.


MIKE:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:45:46


The calm after the storm? Saturday, at The Gorge, the crowd was crazy. People were pushing and security had their handful of kids to take out from the pit. I began to be worried when they took out a wheelchair, with no one on it. I didn?t hear of anyone who died (or got wounded, for that matter). Yesterday, in Vancouver, it was calm. Thanks to the Head Zone, we had plenty of space in front of the stage and no one was pushing. Everyone was enjoying the great performance.

I heard many people complaining about the Head Zone. My comment to these people is the following: these tickets were easy to get. It?s not like 50 people were in there. We must have been 3000. And it?s a brilliant thing to do to help with crowd control. Talking of, I though we could screw up organizing a concert in Montreal (refer to U2?s concerts in May) but these organizers in Vancouver were really amazing for making everybody?s life complicated?



Back to the performance, Radiohead gave a great show. The crowd wasn?t noisy (in my opinion, because of the setup of the venue, even if everybody would have gone crazy, it still would have appeared to be quiet) and the band took a while to get into it. My highlight was Packed like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box. It?s my favorite song off Amnesiac and I really enjoyed the way they played it (and the way Thom got into it). Dollars and Cents was amazing because it was incredibly quiet for a good part of the song. It felt like people were simply enjoying it.



So my Radiohead weekend is over. I drove a few hundred miles for these shows but it was well worth it. It?s just too bad that I?m a post-OK Computer fan and these were my two first Radiohead shows. I have nothing to compare them to.



For those interested in a tape of the show, I met two guys from www.hoarder.net. They told me the show would be up for trade in the coming days (as well as the one for The Gorge).


ROSS:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:46:02


After a very long journey which involved one of our friends forgetting her ticket partway there, and having to go back (taking an extra twenty minutes) as well as many problems, we got there in good timing. Beta Band were alright, I prefer them on CD over live, it's just that they just seem 'there' more than anything. I got cut off from my friends and was on the right side of the stage, and the show started...National Anthem kicked in and was absolutely amazing. The thing that irked me though during the first couple songs is that people didn't get into it, it was really subdued (My friend tells me on the other side everyone was into it). Thom said after/before songs "It'll be alright when it's dark" and he was right. Highlights were an incredible idioteque that Thom opened with "yo" and "fuck yeah" it was so exciting. Talk show host's jamming and swirling keyboard effects were unforgettable. Thom covered a portion of "if you tolerate this" by manic street preachers as a sort of intro to a song, it was hilarious. Street spirit and Karma police took the cake though..as soon as Street spirit started, a drop of rain fell on my head, and it was very cool. Karma police (closing song) felt really spiritual, and i lost myself. I've never felt like that ever before.. other highlights included everything in its right place, just, permenant daylight and paranoid android. Even though for most of the concert I had trouble seeing the band (I never saw Phil or Colin once) the fact that I could hear them was a force in itself.


KIM:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:46:19


The seating set-up must have been disappointing for the vast majority of people attending the concert. I so happened to be one of the lucky fucks blessed with headzone tickets, and one of the select lucky fucks who found themselves right up against the barrier that separated us from the stage. I was standing right in front of the center stage, and had a perfect view of every member of the band. The show itself was amazing; exactly what one would expect coming from Radiohead. Thom was particularly animated, and even attempted to involve the audience at some points, motioning to us to clap along during EIIRP and jump up during "Idioteque." "Street Spirit" was introduced as "a song about those people underground, underneath all of you..." or something in the lines of that, as I remember it. The band made a couple of impromptu alterations to their set-list. They played a couple of songs which I didn't recognize, though enjoyed all the same. "Nude," was one of them, as I hear, which would explain why Thom flung his shirt up for a split second before the band played it. On a tangent, I must join Stephanie in admonishing those of you who couldn't hold your puffs till later. Some of you were actually nice, but still, I didn't much appreciate inhaling your smoke and having your cinders land near my back-pack. Radiohead's performance was cut short: a kid next to me requested that a roadie throw him a set list when the show was over, and he got his wish. I listened as he read the list out to his friend, and "Motion Picture Soundtrack" was listed to be played after "Karma Police." Anyway, the band was quite energetic, and the famous Vancouver rain amazingly held back, even as the clouds gathered overhead and Thom sung the fourth verse of Paranoid Android starring up at them.


JON:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:46:34


I went to the show Sunday at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver, six hours away. Sadly, my friend and I didn't have head zone tickets, and since I'm not tall, I didn't manage to find a spot where I could see the band very well. But, despite the lack of view (although I could usually see either Jonny or Thom, or sometimes both, but not very well), the show was excellent. I didn't really like the DJ's choice of songs before the show, except for Nothing But a G Thang, which is one of my personal favorites. After that, The Beta Band played. I'd never heard anything by The Beta Band before, but they seemed pretty good. They interacted with the crowd, and their songs were good. When they finished, the roadies took off the equipment, and the lighting guys climbed up to the lights. I'm not sure how long this usually takes, since I've never been to a concert before, but it took over half and hour, which seemed pretty excessive to me. After these delays, Radiohead finally got on stage at around 8:30. The show opened slowly. The band played great and all, but the crowd just wasn't into it. I was totally into it, dancing and singing along, all show, but everyone in the crowd just seemed to be dead, standing around like flagpoles, not even acknowledging the music in any way, for the first half of the show. When the band played Just, the whole place just seemed to get into it. Everyone was totally singing around, grooving to the music. The lights in that song, flashing orange and white, were just really awesome. The band played two encores, both were great. I especially loved their performance of Talk Show Host, and everyone singing along in the chorus of Karma Police was just so awesome. So, despite not being able to see much, and the dead crowd during the first half of the show, it was an awesome show. The band played awesome, Thom was funny between songs, it was just a great show.


DRF:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:46:51


The University of British Columbia?s Thunderbird Stadium, surrounded by its tall, looming Douglas Firs and mountains, was a fitting backdrop for Sunday?s Radiohead concert. The crowd was witness to an inspired, energetic Radiohead?the polar opposite of the band I witnessed during the last leg of the OK Computer tour in Calgary in 1998. The disenchanted, ambivalent Thom from that tour has been replaced by one who is willing to throw himself completely into the music. Hearing him singing "Uh Huh! Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah!" during the intro to "Idioteque" and seeing him get down with his spastic, paroxysmal dancing during the other new dance songs "Everything in its Right Place" and the show highlight "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" was amusing and entertaining beyond description. And Thom?s cryptic comments like "Hello, banter banter banter," and the introduction to "I Might Be Wrong" as a "song about being lost in the mountains? obviously" gave the crowd a glimpse of a new funny and charming Radiohead.

The show had a heavy focus on the band?s newer material from Kid A and Amnesiac but, as generally expected, it was the few well-known songs from The Bends and OK Computer which garnered the loudest response from the audience. Special moments of the night were hearing Thom sing the chorus of the Manic Street Preachers? "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" as the intro for "Exit Music (For a Film)" and having the band perform one of their most famous unreleased songs "Big Ideas"?even if the end of the latter was a musical implosion as Thom decided "that?s where this one ends" without consensus from the rest of the band.

Radiohead proved itself more than capable of performing faithful renditions of the material off the new albums and I can?t help but imagine that ten years down the road that these new songs will be as eagerly anticipated as any of their older ones.


PATRICK:
Submitted on: MAY 23, 2003 16:47:08


I was at this show in the Head Zone area and I just want to clarify some things. The reason Thom played the first riff from "Just" was because they changed the setlist and Jonny didn't know which guitar to take from the roadie, and Jonny gave Thom the finger after he got the right guitar. I just thought that was amusing. The show was awesome although the venue could have been better. Have a nice day.


GEOFF WESTBY:
Submitted on: AUGUST 31, 2003 06:34:42


The show was nothing short of brilliant. You could tell that the boys were On from the first note of National Anthem. Thom came out looking wonderfully wrecked, with a tattered leftover "Atari" t-shirt painted on his chest (a hysterical joke given their anti-corporate stand; Jonny was wearing a "Honda" shirt---you gotta love these guys). Ed O'Brien, who I didn't know too much about, was a striking figure, a full head taller than the frontman and looking like Hugh Grant after 6 months at the gym. Jonny was typically hunched over with his gadgets, occasionally glancing into the crowd to fulfill section 56c of his contract--"The performers must make their faces apparent to the paying customers on at least 3 occasions during the course of the performance". Colin Greenwood (the bass player, for anyone who cares about bass players (*sniff*) was bizarre-looking---dressed in gothic black with a face derived from the combined gene pool of John Astin and Boris Karloff. And Phil Selway was there, of course, in all his balding glory.

So they ripped into National Anthem, demonstrating amazing sound that was truly the best I've heard, indoors or out. There was little evidence of the songs being stripped-down for stageplay. I loved what Ed was doing with his guitar, the sounds he was getting. A lot of the synthesizer from Kid A was being done by him on the axe. I was watching his fretboard the entire night, amazed at how little he moved his fingers around at times, yet still achieving a wave of different effects. A very talented guitarist for this reason, and of course he could really fly the fingers when he had to. A much more relaxed relationship between him and his guitar than Jonny, who plays much more raggedly, but probably with more pure energy.

Great moment early on.....during "Lucky", I'm singing away at the top of my lungs, and when Thom reaches the climactic "It's gonna be a GLORIOUS day", I throw my head back, shut my eyes and sing out, and when I return to this Earth everyone around me is looking my way, and I glance up on stage and Ed O'Brien is looking right at me with this big grin on his face, and flashes the rock ' roll overbite, as if to say "Yeah, man!!". Hahahah, what a great moment!! I made my mark, I am a Fan. I flashed him a peace sign as everyone around me laughed, and I'm sure then wished I would stop singing.

By my count they played 7 songs from OK Computer (Airbag, Paranoid Android, Exit Music, Karma Police, No Surprises, Lucky, Climbing Up the Walls), 5 from Kid A (Everything In Its Right Place, National Anthem, How To Disappear Completely, In Limbo (one of my least favorites, sounds far too much like Sting at his worst) and a brilliant Idioteque), 5 from Amnesiac (Packt Like Sardines, I Might Be Wrong--both great rocked-up versions--Pyramid Song, You and Whose Army, and Knives Out), and only 2 from the Bends (Just---surprisingly flat--and Street Spirit). Nothing from Pablo Honey, not surprisingly. The thing with these guys is that they'll go back and play the old stuff for the crowd, but you could tell from the performance of Just (and the general lack of older songs) that they just want to move ahead. No Fake Plastic Trees, no High and Dry, and certainly no Creep. They also played a couple of other songs (B-sides, as it turns out) that didn't immediately strike me....I think a 3 year break would do them well. During the "rain down, rain down" bit on Paranoid Android, dark clouds began to roll in, and everyone, including the band, was looking skyward, fans praying for a few drops, but alas, it didn't happen. It only rains in Maple Ridge.

Thom was a great frontman, extremely gracious and pleasant, and typically spastic. And extremely funny too, in that very British way, spouting off subtextual remarks like "blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.....onstage banter, y'know?" to gales of knowing laughter (a very intelligent crowd by the way, excepting the no-neck football hooligan---Canadian brownball version--who pummelled his way to the front and was hanging onto some poor scrawny Nordic onanist poet who didn't dare push him off for fear of his life...and no, it wasn't me). His performance on Idioteque was particularly thrilling, much like on SNL, completely losing himself in the music. He is also a much better guitarist than I gave him credit for, very at ease.

They played 2 encores to the very appreciative crowd. Apparently they have had some crowd issues in the past in Vancouver, but not tonight. They closed with Karma Police, a true classic of a song, the crowd singing louder than the band played, and left with gracious thankyous and an overall warm squishy feeling. I tells ya, folks, I paid through the nose for my ticket, and I would do so again in a second. What an experience. Anyone who like their brand of music would have been turned on by the show. Just great. I have never wanted to go back to see a group the night after a concert, even great concerts, but I would stand through that show tonight again if I could, sore back, cramping calves, belligerent cavefans and all. May all who attend future shows enjoy them as much as this Radiophile did.


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