Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Parc Jean Drapeau - Montreal, QC Canada
August 5, 2001 with Beta Band & Kid Koala
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01. The National Anthem
02. Morning Bell
03. Airbag
04. Karma Police
05. Knives Out
06. Packt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Box
07. Exit Music
08. No Surprises
09. Dollars and Cents
10. I Might Be Wrong
11. Climbing Up The Walls
12. Talk Show Host
13. Pyramid Song
14. Paranoid Android
15. Idioteque
16. Everything In Its Right Place

17. Optimistic
18. My Iron Lung
19. Lucky
20. How to Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
21. You and Whose Army?
22. Just

3rd Encore
23. Fake Plastic Trees
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Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:53:56

Last night was by far the greatest show that I?ve even been to. The night started with an ok performance by the Beta Band. The crowd seemed some kind of bored. Then, Montreal?s own Kid Koala came on stage and spinned some disks. He was amazing. I was told by everyone that I looked like him. I thought it was kind of funny. Everyone was surprised when he played Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors and Fitter Happier. When the sun came down, Radiohead went on stage. I couldn?t believe it: it was RADIOHEAD!

Highlights of the night are certainly:
Karma Police: Everyone sang along with Thom. I couldn?t even hear him anymore!
No Surprises: Dedicated to the big companies, ?but you don?t have to care cuz you?re in fucking Canada!?
Dollars and cents: When the monitors were fucked up and Thom was yelling in the mic the lyrics over and over at the end of the songs.
Exit Music: Everyone shut up and listened, except for that idiot next to me....
Climbing up the walls: The lyrics were totally changed, the bass was much louder than on the cd.
Idiotheque: People dancing everywhere.
Panaroid Android: ?I guess you are waiting for this: tut-tut-tut-tut?
Optimistic and Lucky: Unexpected songs in the 1st encore.
How to disappear completely: Perfect song to watch at the beautiful full moon.
You and whose army?: ?not the camera again...... put it on him.....sorry? The crowd went nuts went Thom was pointing at it while singing ?you and whose army, you and your cronies....?
Just: ?Jazz?? here?s Just?

This is one night that I will never forget...because it was Radiohead, because it was Thom Yorke, because it was Jonathan Greenwood, because it was Ed O?Brien, because it was Colin Greenwood, because it was Philippe Selway.....

Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:54:20

I flew in from NYC to the Montreal show mainly because I wanted to see the band outside and I think Liberty State Park is going to be an uncontrollable zoo. I arrived at Parc Jean Drapeau around 3:45pm, around 15 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open, and it turned out that I made it in more than enough time to be one of the first 1,500 concertgoers, all of whom were given a "Radiohead Inner Barrier Pass." This pass allows you to hang out right below the stage and I simply cannot imagine having watched the show anywhere else in the park. There was so much room in there--I felt bad for the others who did not make it but I gladly enjoyed the benefit of poor planning by the park planners.

The show was, of course, great and met my expectations. I must say, though, that I was expecting something more during the National Anthem opener but I think it took the band a couple of songs to get warm. It was actually one-third through Airbag that the band got it together and was on cruise control.

>From then on, Thom Yorke showed why he is the most briliant frontman to come along in the last twenty years of rock. And the rest of the band was on--the guitars were flawless , as well as all the funky instruments used during the Kid A songs.

I was slightly disappointed with one aspect of my experience--the fans in the "Inner Barrier" were the lamest group of people I could ever imagine at a Radiohead performance. There was very little dancing and many people seemed distracted by other things rather than what was going on on stage. There must have been a way to have the "Inner Barrier" filled with more ecstatic fans. I saw scores of people across the barrier who seemed as if they would have known what to do with the ample acreage given to the fortunate few.

The band is so great live and the crowd was so disappointing in Montreal that I think I may have to buckle down and join in the anarchy of Liberty State Park in a few weeks.

Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:54:40

Three, count 'em, three encores. The setlist closely matched those of other shows -- forgive me for not knowing the exact list, I was too entranced by the whole experience.

First of all, you can't beat the venue: open air park on an island in the St. Lawrence River, in one of the most beautiful cities in North America. After experiencing all the warmth and love that Canadians sometimes get ribbed for, I hearby swear off Canadian jokes forever. Great scene. Even the public transportation back into Montreal was flawless (if anyone has ever seen a concert in Washington, DC, you'll know why this matters).

"Pyramid Song" was nothing less than a spiritual experience. Thom's powerful, yet sad piano chords blending with his best vocal performance of the evening.

Thom actually took a request from the audience for "Just" which was unbelievably skull scorching. It took him a while to understand what they were asking for -- hey, it's the French accent thing. Must've sounded like "Zhoost." They even did "Optimistic" -- plaintive and pulsing.

I couldn't sit still for the entire 2+ hours. And to finish it off, a luscious, moving rendition of "Fake Plastic Trees" that had everyone enraptured.

Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:55:16

DISCLAIMER- The following is an honest, critical review from someone with a little bit of experience who might know a little more. It does not contain blubbering about loving Radiohead to pieces or claims of Radiohead being ?the most influential band of all-time?. This is a concert review based on the concert that took place in Montreal?s Parc Jean-Drapeau on August 5, 2001- not on previous shows and or recordings or anything else.


As far as I know, there is no such thing as Radiohead doing a bad show but if there is such a thing as a bad Radiohead show [in comparison to others done by the band] then the Montreal show on Sunday may be an example of one. Maybe ?bad? is too strong of a word for arguably the best live act going, but it was definitely sub-par. It should be noted that the lacking was by no fault of the band themselves who were more than impressive with both their enthusiasm and skill- as usual.

The unusual, however, came with the very first note of the set-opener, ?The National Anthem?, and maintained throughout to the end of the third encore. COLIN WAS TOO LOUD! Now of course it?s hard to be too loud for a track like ?Anthem? but it was soon more than evident that the sound boys let us down on this one. As the band carried on into ?Morning Bell? the rest of the crowd carried on into denial as Colin?s bass drowned and squashed, making some notes utterly inaudible. Again, this was not his fault. The band had no idea how screwed the sound was and apparently the audience didn?t care. I guess I know how it is though. You finish paying for the ticket, you wait and you anticipate and you build up the show in your mind. Finally, when it comes you?ve already convinced yourself that it has been the greatest show of ever before it?s even begun. Well sorry kids, you got gypped.

I?m not saying that it destroyed the whole show- far from it. Tracks like ?Packt? and other louder tracks from the set and encores were basically undisturbed. ?Climbing Up The Walls? was spectacular and Sunday night was easily the greatest performance of ?Idioteque? I have seen or heard anywhere. Songs like ?No Surprises? and ?Everything In Its Right Place?, however, suffered under the loud thudding bass. ?How to Disappear? was ?Completely? butchered.

The highlights of the show were definitely the final two encores. After a great interactive performance of ?You And Whose Army?? with Thom taunting the crowd through the piano-cam, the band was already to kick into what was most certainly going to be ?The Bends? based on the stage set-up and past set-lists from the tour. That is until someone yelled to Thom from the first row,

Thom - "Huh? Did someone say cheers???"

Ed ?No, they said, ?Just?.?

Thom ?Oh, you wanna hear ?Just?? OK.?

And with that the band switched up guitars and ripped into a show-stopping performance of ?Just? that blew the crowd out of the water and sent them screaming to the top of their lungs. Amazing. Again, they put down their instruments and headed back-stage.

It looked like nothing was going to be able top that one until they came back out for the third encore and final song of the evening. ?Fake Plastic Trees?- a flooring performance that included two broken strings for Jonny, who somehow figured out how to carry out the track without missing a beat. It was a brilliant finish to a good night at the Parc.

I?ve seen quite a few bands and in them quite a few great performers- R.E.M., Pearl Jam, NIN, STP, U2. I?ve seen Radiohead now three times in three different cities in the past year. Friday night in my hometown of Barrie, ON was the best show I?ve seen them do and the best show I?ve seen anyone do. Sunday night in Montreal was the worst show I?ve seen them do. It was a good night, not a great night.

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