Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

South Park, Headington - Oxford, England
July 7, 2001
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Setlist
1. The National Anthem
2. Airbag
3. Morning Bell
4. Lucky
5. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
6. My Iron Lung
7. Exit Music
8. Knives Out
9. No Surprises
10. Dollars and Cents
11. Street Spirit
12. I Might Be Wrong
13. Pyramid Song
14. Paranoid Android
15. Idioteque
16. Everything In Its Right Place

Encore
17. Fake Plastic Trees
18. Karma Police
19. You and Whose Army
20. How To Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
21. Talk Show Host
22. The Bends
3rd Encore
23. Motion Picture Soundtrack (only played intro...)
24. Creep
Show Notes
Other acts include Beck, Supergrass, Rock of Travolta, Sigur Ros, & Humphrey Lyttleton.
Reviews
There are 5 reviews for this show.

PANY:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 16:34:40


The greatest gig ever. Amazing, intelligent, a different class. I woke up at 4:50 a.m. and went to Oxford with 6 of my mates. As we arrived at South Park at 8:30, we were one of the first 100 people iin the queue. The wait was unbearable. when we finally got in, we were lucky enough to get into the special enclosure in front of the stage and we were 3 rows from the stage.

When Beck had performed his dissappopinting 5 or so songs, the atmosphere really built up to a limit. There was American jazz and blues being played from the speakers, which i thought was pretty cool. Then, at about 8:40, Johnny jumped out of nowhere onto the stage and was shortly followed by rest of the band. Then, it started.

Thom was unbeliavably relaxed and he loved every minute of the concert, even saying that he was "nervous." When My Iron Lung started, the crowd went crazy (just like the did on all the other songs) but in the chorus with Johnny's mad guitar part, the crowd went mad and was jumping and moshing like mad. Paranoid android's "rain down.." lyrics, suited the shit weather very well. Idioteque was amazing. Thom (as usual) did his crazy dance.

When they finished How to Disappear, they all waved to the crowd, said their goodbyes and left. Whent hey returned (again) they played an awesome Talk Show Host and a crazy Bends. Everyone thought that they had finished, but when they returned to play Motion Picture Soundtrack, the crowd was subdued and quiet. We didn't want this. Then Thom just stopped and after speaking to a few technicians, walked to the mic. Then, Colin's bass came in and everyone was screaming and shouting. The moment the world had waited for, for about 5 or so years. The rain got heavier as the song progressed, but noone cared. It rounded off one of the greates gigs (if no the greatest gig) EVER.


LAURA AND IMOGEN:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 16:35:03


After hours of being 'Packd Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box' waiting for the radiohead phenomenon to appear on stage, everyone felt at one with the 'mesmerising festival atmosphere' ambience, simultaeneously swaying to the jazz backing music while the very priviliged roadies made the last adjustments to the huge stage. Five seemingly very small, unassuming men wandered on stage to 42,000 screams. The shoulder-swaying heavy riff of 'The National Anthem' showed the realisation of why they were here, their most prestigious show, we knew at that moment, this is the biggest band in the world, they are the only people that matter. An exaggeration of course, but everything at this show HAD to be huge - the crowds, the stage, the thoughts etc. With every song that was played, every note played and word sung, you realised that 41,999 other people were there with you (and radiohead of course) for the same reason. These men have come from being the contraversial Oxford indie-kids to the most important and musically accomplished band in Britain. Jonny is now a guitar whizzkid, his screaming solos and angry chords echo through you with every note of Colin's bass vibrating straight through you. Let's not be misleading. Not everything about this gig was perfect. Views were inevitably varied, to the annoyance of many people, however this of course did not affect the quality of the music, and the night out. Every breath Thom took was shared with the audience, this man is worshipped, it was obvious to see. It's difficult to pick out songs that sounded particuarly good or excellent, everything was perfect and equally as mesmerising as the last. However, we could not end this 'review' (oh how I hate that word) without mentioning a small song that um, Thom introduced as 'I think this is an old song, I'm not quite sure'. This song is 'Creep'. Looks of shock, disbelief, elation was on everyones faces. This was the most overwhelming feeling we can remember, what radiohead must have felt at this time we cannot begin to imagine. Everyone was completely surprised at this extravagent song we never thought we'd hear live again. It was the right time to bring it back. 'Creep' was of course, the song of the night, despite the fact this probably wasn't the original intention. After playing a few chords of 'Motion Picture Soundtrack' Thom found that 'It is Kapunkt, Ja?' and that the lord it was. And, Phew for a minute there, I lost myself.


CIARN:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 16:36:11


I just got home, and it hasn't sunk in yet, but I think I may have witnessed something great. I guess the best place to start is the beginning: When we finally got in at 1:10pm, the back of South Park looked kinda like a fairground, with all the trailers selling various brands of inedible food. My friends and myself managed to grab a little blue band to wrap round our wrist which gave us right to the inner circle, or whatever it was called. This meant we could see clearly, and sit down occasionaly. The Rock Of Travolta, a local band, opened the concert quite well all things considered. The first thing we heard was their own comic version of 'Fitter Happier' and hahaha I laughed my leg off. Ahem. They came on all dressed in black suits launching into their far from unique brand of hard-rock instrumental music. It seemed like a sort of cross between early Faith No More and Mr Bungle. It was fairly entertaining and got the crowd going. However, the big gap between them and the next act was unwelcome - standing up was tiring, and sitting was pretty sore. The gaps between acts continued, and lengthened. God only knows who the next group were. Nobody around me seemed to know their names, they didn't introduce themselves as clearly as The Rock Of Travolta, and even the Hapless Boy Lard (of Radio1 fame) didn't know who they were when he appeared later. It doesn't really matter who they were because they were useless. I'm not about to be kind to them because I would rather have listened to the dull 'fill-in' music than their boring, miserable bullshit. It also started to rain when they came on, and the weather continued to be guaged by the music. Another fat gap between them and the next set, and finally the stage lit up. Humprey Littyleton and his band came on and lifted the crowd from the gloom of the band with no name.

He was funny, charming and quite excellent, as was his band. He looked happy to be there unlike the previous fellas and the music delighted the audience. On one of his tunes, he introduced it by telling us: "Now we're going to do something quite spectacular." He didn't disappoint. I figured that if anyone else got anywhere near Humph and his band, I might be overcome with wonder. Yes indeedy. Poor Sigur Ros, after another painful gap, had that tough act to follow. Even the appearance of Lard to introduce them didn't increase their audience appeal. Not that they were bad - I loved it. But I could understand that anyone who hadn't already heard some of their music might struggle to get into their live performance. The lead singer, Jorgi, or whatever his name is, did some nice singing into his guitar and their drummer was really giving it some on the climaxes.
Although not for me, Supergrass seemed to lift the crowd spirit again. They came on with the lead singer (don't know his name) asking if we were "local" because "this is a local concert for local people". Their was some mild moshing going on in the centre of the inner fenced area and even some crowd surfing. Not a big Supergrass fan, I stayed out of the rabble but enjoyed it. There was an even longer gap following Supergrass' performance and this time there was no room to sit down. We moved closer to the centre and further forward in preparation for Beck and Radiohead. There was a sense at this time that the crowd was getting a little restless and they had nearly all come to see one group alone. When Beck arrived there was a huge cheer. He looked pretty relaxed in a blue T-shirt and jeans, but you got the sense that he might have been royalty in some strange land. He announced that it'd be an acoustic set and he opened with a nice wee blues ballad which included a timely verse about the weather just as it began to rain heavily. It got heavier as two members of his band came on - Justin, his afro haired bassist and some guy on lead guitar. Beck said he "felt guilty" that we were all out there getting soaked so he tried to cheer us up with One Foot In The Grave. The set was beautiful at times, always top class, but disappointingly short considering the time Supergrass were awarded.

But everyone was waiting for Radiohead. The gap was even longer - excrutiating to my poor back and feet who hadn't been given a rest in hours due to lack of space in the inner zone place. Four guys clambered up onto the high rigging to operate the lights which was kinda dramatic but the crowd started to complain and slow hand clap in demand for the band. When they finally came on there was a huge roar, and predictably they started with The National Anthem. When Thom finally started singing, all I could hear was the guys behind me singing at the tops of their voices. But the song really lifted the crowd and I gradually began to forget the pain. The next few songs were all dutifuly sang along to by the audience and the atmosphere built, but the song which finally exploded in the pit was My Iron Lung. When it came to the 'louder' sections, the inner area became a heaving mass of elbows and heads. It was completely crazy.

Songs that stuck out following that were No Surprises - dedicated in a rather camp voice to "Tony" - Dollars and Cents and I Might Be Wrong, which was probably the best of the first 16. But it was rivaled by Paranoid Android, dedicated interestingly to Geri Halliwell or: "Oh, this is dedicated to...this is dedicated to, who's that blond one who used to be in the Spice Girls? What? Yeah, Geri Halliwell. She was on my train on the way back from Paris (rolls his eyes knowingly)." He didn't introduce the song though, but the roar was huge when it started. And when he screamed: "You remember, you didn't remember..." and so on, the crowd went mental! You had to jump in sync with the others, or you could kiss goodbye to your expensive shoes. The same was true with the final climax. It was just the best feeling being part of that atmosphere. But it was ending.
There was some interesting dancing from audience members during idiotheque and everyone clapped (ironically out of time) all the way through Everything In Its Right Place. When they all went off the crowd went crazy again. Some yelled encore, some more, some booed (?) and others just stood in awe like moi. They came back on with a really great performance of Fake Plastic Trees, once again, the audience much louder than Thom. In You And Whose Army Thom raised his hands up and down, controlling the audience's cheers and How To Disappear Completely came with the heaviest rain of the day. But this time it was welcome - it cooled a hot audience off. They popped off again but were called back by the eager crowd. There were cries of 'Lift', 'True Love Waits' and the occasional 'Creep'. But the one girl who yelled 'Talk Show Host' got her wish as they came out and tore the audience to shreds once again. The Bends was sung to louder than ever before, many didn't notice Thom 'Nurnurnurring' through some of the verses because they filled in for him. The climax sent the audience wild again.

When they went off, it felt kind of final. I didn't expect a 3rd encore, but we got it, and what an encore. Just Thom, Jonny and Colin came out to play Motion Picture Soundtrack, which Thom said would "send us home with birdies in our heads" or something of that sort. But when the organ gave up (or did it?) Thom cried "bugger" and then called everyone else back "never mind" he said "I've got a better idea". I knew they'd play Creep. First time in...three, four years? The crowd went loopy.

I can't go on. It was just too great. Shame on you for not going.


CHRIS:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 16:36:34


An ocean of people in a magnificent setting. That's the memorable vision I take away from tonight's gig. This was the 27th time that I had seen RH live, and the biggest crowd to date (Glasto' 97 was about 5000 fewer). For a change I decided to stand further back to see how the bands compare as festival performers. The crowd I was with were mostly RH newbies - all of whom knew the old stuff, but were surprised by the up-tempo spriteliness of some newer material (Idioteque, I Might be Wrong). The sight of the night was seeing about 75% of the crowd dancing to Idioteque - despite being at least 100 metres from the stage. Thom's early comment about being nervous helped to explain the slightly constrained performance. The encores were well chosen - why do we still call them encores? Surely the set is now a two-part performance and the band could pioneer new formats in this fashion - breaking the show up in line with various themes. The abandoned Motion Picture Soundtrack ('Bugger - Das ist Kaput, Ja?') was followed by a surprise rendition of Creep - something special for the homecoming.


SIMON:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 16:36:47


1. The National Anthem
A really funky start, I had presumed it would be the opener, it has been for most of the 2001 tour, I believe. It was still a pleasant surprise when it came on.

2. Airbag
A bit of a disapointment. Jonny, Thom and Ed were all far too down in the mix, you could barely hear any of the guitar parts. Thankfully, they sorted it all out afterwards.

3. Morning Bell
The Kid A version...that sort of turned into the AMnesiac version half way through, I think. Very good, very powerful.

4. Lucky
Fantastic. When Thom reached the high "Glorrriiiouuus" part, I was in ecstasy, and not for the last time during the set.

5. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
I don't really remember this song, strangely as it's one of my faves from Amnesiac. =/

6. My Iron Lung
As soon as Ed started making the slow termolo climb intro, I knew what was coming, and it didn't disapoint. A fantastic live song.

7. Exit Music
One of The most beautiful songs ever, and one that nearly reduced me to tears live. A song that you know will always touch you like no other song. It felt like everything came to a stand still when Thom started this song on his acoustic guitar.

8. Knives Out
I'm really starting to warm to the up tempo version off of Amnesiac. It seems to have more of a purpose than the slower tempo'd earlier version. And thats how they played it. Great.

9. No Surprises
Beautiful. Almost the whole 40+ thousand that were there were singing along, a magical moment.

10. Dollars and Cents
I spent most of this song, being annoyed by screaming girls that were standing next to me, however, not even they could make this song bad or unejoyable.

11. Street Spirit
Wow, perhaps my all time favourite Radiohead song, live and in full glory. It didn't matter that Thom had forgotten the "Cracked eggs, dead birds...." verse, bless him, I'd probably forget a few words if I was standing infront of 40,000 people too. I'm so happy that I saw this song live.

12. I Might Be Wrong
Apparently, it rained a bit during this song, I didn't notice. I was so invloved with what Radiohead were saying with the music that I didn't ...couldn't notice.

13. Pyramid Song
Everyone cheered when Thom started playing this song on the piano. I was pleasanely surprised, such a sad song was greeted with such a great reply from the crowd. There was a camera on the piano, a sort of head shot of Thom, it was fantastic, seeing him sway with the beat of this song.

14. Paranoid Android
A real crowd pleaser, everyone enjoyed this song, myself included. I was left in awe after they finished it. A classic song, a truely wonderful performance.

15. Idioteque
You have to mention Thom's dancing when reviewing this song, it was almost like he had been struck like lightening, and with the worsening weather, it wasn't too hard to believe that he may well have been. The song itself was truely top stuff.

16. Everything In Its Right Place
The last song of the first section, Jonny and Ed were still playing around with various FX boxes and pedals about 5 mins after Colin, Thom and Phil had left. It was fun listening to Thom's vioce after he had left the stage, very surreal. My sister who came with me looked stunned.

Encore
17. Fake Plastic Trees
Yay, another of my favourite songs. When the full band came in for the second verse, I got tunnel vision, I swear, all I could focus on was the song, someone could have kicked me in the balls and I wouldn't have noticed. Such a powerful song.

18. Karma Police
Another crowd pleaser, everyone was singing along again. Jonny on piano for this one, Thom on acoustic...I can't remember what ed was doing...just his distant "ooohh aaaah" with cupped hands I think. A solid performance. I don't think Thom needed to sing though, the crowd were doing a good job.

19. You and Whose Army
I sometimes wonder whether people get this song. Whether they understand it's a joke [like some other well known song that used sarcasm which no-one seems to get, see below] I can almost see it being used during a fight, I hope it isn't. Anyways, it was almost a carbon copy of the Amnesiac version, straigh forward, direct and superb.

20. How To Disappear Completely
It started to absolutely pour down during this beauty of a song. A little annoying that all the old men were putting their umbrella's up, but whatever. A intruiging live song.

2nd Encore
21. Talk Show Host
I am so happy, sitting here, reviewing the gig, knowing I've seen this song live. How fucking fantastic is this song??!! A B-side??!! Most bands don't even make a song as good as this during their whole career. A B-side!!! wow.

22. The Bends
One hell of a Live song, it has to be said. Yet again, Thom forgot some of the words, but who cares, the music is so rocking, it doesn't really matter. The Live version of the Solo is better than the album version, the chromatic scale Jonny puts in works perfectly. Jonny is a genius guitarist.

3rd Encore
23. Motion Picture Soundtrack (only played intro...)

Hmm, before you could even say "Motion Picture Soundtrack, it was over. A shame really. It was just Thom and a keyboard ...then it was just Thom. Oh well. Kuput it really was.

24. Creep
Hmmm, the ultimate crowd pleaser. A huge surprise too. I'm glad to say I've seen the wonderfully ironic "Chu-Chunks" that Jonny [according to rumour] only put in to ruin the song, and something that did warm the extremely wet crowd on their way home, I'm sure.

Overall, the best gig of my life. I want to see them again ......and again...and again!!
Yeah, I was a Radiohead gig newbie. When they next play in the UK, I'm sure as hell I'm going to be there. Thankyou Radiohead for a great experience. Oxford is a nice city too.


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