Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA
August 8, 2001 with Beta Band & Kid Koala
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Setlist
01. The National Anthem
02. Morning Bell
03. My Iron Lung
04. Karma Police
05. Knives Out
06. Optimistic
07. Climbing Up The Walls
08. No Surprises
09. Dollars and Cents
10. Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box
11. Exit Music
12. I Might Be Wrong
13. Pyramid Song
14. Paranoid Android
15. Idioteque
16. Everything In Its Right Place

Encore
17. Like Spinning Plates
18. Lucky
19. You and Whose Army?
20. How to Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
21. Talk Show Host
22. Street Spirit
Show Notes
"Like Spinning Plates" was recorded and released on the I Might Be Wrong - Live Recordings EP.
Reviews
There are 6 reviews for this show.

JOSH:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:59:32


August 8th, Radiohead fans flocked the Blossom Music center and the surrounding establishments all afternoon. While sitting down at a nearby restaurant a few hours before the show, an elderly gentleman, presumably a regular, asked "Where did all you people come from?" The crowd made the hike through the intense and crippling heat to their seats on the lawn or the pavilion. The Beta Band opened, and the crowd seemed to enjoy the songs,...the more observant audience member with seats to the right may have noticed that, for a large part of the Beta Band's show, Ed and Thom stood just offstage watching and applauding when appropriate. The lead singer of The Beta Band sporadically let loose with an "Oh-Hi-Yooooooooooooo!" During "Dry the Rain" and other songs. Then Kid Koala came on the stage and mixed it up a little. It was apparent that he was a very talented young man, but I think that it was hard for most Radiohead fans to really get into his type of music. Maybe that's just me. But now to what is important. The five Oxford lads came on to the stage each in his own style. Phil quietly slipped in, and was on his throne before anyone really noticed, and he sort of just stared at the drums. Ed strode out, waving to the audience,...showing Ohio how much of a badass he is. Jonny smiled at everyone and also waved. Colin didn't really wave, but he smiled and trotted to his corner. Thom came out with hands in pockets and gave a bit of a sheepish grin, very shyly. The set was kicked off with The National Anthem, which was well executed, and a good opener. Then came Morning Bell, which was distinctly Kid A styled, as opposed to the Amnesiac version. The third song was one of the only two that they would play the whole night from The Bends, My Iron Lung. Thom dedicated the song to the "State of radio in the states." then added, "and to this incredible heat." If I recall correctly, the next song was "I Might Be Wrong", but I actually might about that, because I can't remember the order to the rest of the songs. They played No Surprises, dedicating it to the people in the Bush administration "thank you very much." They played Optimistic, dedicating it to "all the people who think,...who still think they can change something." Knives Out, Packt Like Sardines, and How to Disappear Completely were thrown in. Then it was Exit Music, which was one of the most beautiful songs of the night, without a doubt. Karma Police, Dollars and Cents and the Pyramid Song were added, and then somewhere in there was Everything In It's Right Place and Climbing Up The Walls. Then they played one of the three songs I, personally, had been hoping to hear, Paranoid Android. Which was quite a treat as one might imagine. All through the set, the boys seemed to be in quite a good mood. Thom ran back and forth during a few songs motioning for applause from different sections of the audience, and occaisionally walking to the very edge of the stage and just staring and smiling. Apparently we were a fairly good audience because even the misanthropic Colin came from his corner a few times to look into the crowd and smile. It was as if he and the rest of them felt as if there was something they needed to check out about this audience. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Prior to Idioteque, Thom chirped a joyful "boop!" into the microphone and smiled. When the song was almost over, Thom left the stage and all that was heard were a few repeating excerpts from what he had already sung of the song. Then Colin and Phil got up and left, waving, offstage. Jonny and Ed remained, each kneeling over some electronic equipment that they were using to continue the song by themselves. after a full minute or two, the! two remaining also walked off the stage. Of course there was an encore. Thom came out and said that in the tradition of "name that tune" we were to shout when we recognized the following song. He sat at the piano, and played something on it. The crowd was silent, Jonny and Colin entered the song, Colin on a stand- up bass, lovingly stroking it, and Jonny on his usual assortment of keyboards and whatever the hell else he keeps over there. So it was just Thom and the Greenwoods up there belting out an absolutely beautiful song that it seemed no one recognized. Slowly and steadily, a few minutes into the song it began to become familiar to me and a few others, here a chord there a chord,...we knew the song. When the first words were sung and were backwards, the rest of the audience caught on. It was an absolutely delightful rendition of "Like Spinning Plates" that I was glad to hear, largely de-electronicised. Not that the album version is bad, but I liked this one a little better. Might just be me. During one of the songs, I can't remember which, Ed pulled out an alien harmony part that could only be described as hollering, in the way that he put his hands to the sides of his mouth, and stood back from the microphone. It sounded VERY VERY good. Ed is such a badass. Then another of the most beautiful songs of the night came,...Lucky. There were lead parts that Jonny was putting out that I had never heard before. During You and Whose Army, Thom noticed the camera that was mounted on the piano aiming at his face, and projecting it to two huge screens on either side of the stage. After a moment of mild frustration in not having realized it earlier, Thom began mugging and tapping the lens of the camera with his finger as he sang. A sense of humor. I realized something else during the show that I had not previously noticed. Radiohead has such a guitar or keyboard-centric sound, that I think I subliminally dismissed drums as a necessary thing to pay attention to, but Phil is a DAMN GOOD DRUMMER. He was going crazy up there, and didn't miss a beat, with fills and what not. I just thought it was worth mentioning that Phil had a good night. A second encore came, and brought with it Talk Show Host, and a few others that I can't recall at the moment. They all stopped, thanked us for coming, applauded the Beta Band and Kid Koala, told us we'd been great, and then Thom said "This is Street Spirit, good night." Thus was played another of the three songs I hoped to hear. It was a very good song to cap off the night, and I closed my eyes and just let it swell and flow. It was truly one of those moments that you don't forget. I had hoped to hear "True Love Waits", but certainly did not expect it. It was nevertheless an amazingly fantastic concert, and the boys deserve kudos for balancing artistic integrity with the pleasing of their fans, as they always do. If any members of Radiohead happen to read this,...I know you have heard it before,...but keep it going. Don't stop for anything. Ohio loves you, and the world loves you, and while that may not be what is the most important thing to you, it certainly can't be bad. You are more than a band to me. I'm sure that many others feel the same way, but I speak for myself. Everything I have ever felt, I can find in one of your songs, as well as things I have not felt as of yet. Radiohead is one of the only things that makes me glad to be awake anymore. Don't stop.


WILL WOOLF:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 17:59:54


10:00am: leave Columbus, OH for the 2 & 1/2 hour trek up to Blossom, nice
quiet ride, that was unfortunately alone due to a last minute cancellation
by my friend. I wasn't worried I knew there would plenty of people to talk
to and hang with at the show and in the lots before the show. 12:20pm: arrive at Blossom, to be greeted by a friendly, if frazzled, young
woman who had the sad duty to turn everyone one around because they were not
letting anyone park in the lots until 4:30! sad and defeated I retreated to
a diner and ate lunch.

2:00pm: return to Blossom to see if they had wised up yet, only to be
greeted by a surly guy who was now doing the turning away, he was a jerk and
had the worst facial hair I've ever seen on a man. He says lots won't open
till 5:30pm now. The line of cars being turned around is getting longer and
longer. How long will the idiots at Blossom keep turning people away. Heck
they could be making more money selling their $5 sodas and $6 packs of
cigarettes. Wake up and smell the sardines Blossom!!!! perhaps all of the
traffic jams I am just now reading about would have been avoided if they had
just let us all in when we first came!!!!

4:00pm: They are actually letting us in the lots now. I'm one of the first
30 or so cars to park and I hop out desperate to know if Radiohead
soundchecked yet. No one can tell me. Having read that they usually
soundcheck early I was prepared for the worst. I sold my extra ticket (for
face value thank you very much) nearly the second I got out of my car.

5:00pm: The pile-up at the entrance gates is starting to form. I'm near
three high-school girls that drove down from Michigan, all of them are
wearing homemade Radiohead tank-tops. Very-cool. Also meet a group that
travelled from Minneapolis to see Radiohead (they couldn't get tix to the
Chicago show) these guys were nice and very cool and I knew I found the
guys to hang with during the show (Greg, Joe, Jim and the others thanks for
being cool, and letting me hang). The time goes faster while talking to
others, but then Radiohead started to soundcheck, parts of all of these
songs were played (possibly even more): Lucky, Optimistic, Packt, Might Be
Wrong, Idioteque, You & Whose Army, Morning Bell, & National Anthem. I was
disappointed. The whole reason for me wanting to catch the soundcheck was
to possibly hear a snippet of "Like Spinning Plates" which I read they have
been soundchecking, but have not actually been playing live. Still I can't
complain. (yes radiohead soundchecked at 5pm, which is why Johnny's AOL
thing, which was scheduled at that time was delayed!)

6:07pm: Gates Open. Madness!!! as everyone rushes the front of the lawn. I
have mixed feelings about Blossom as a venue. The stage is beautifully
shaped - lots of wood, and from a distance it looks like a giant mushroom,
but my past experiences there have not been great, the sound was usually
so-so and the staff, as already demonstrated, were jerks. But still it was
Radiohead and I was here!

7:45pm: The Beta Band take the stage. The drummer is way off on the first
song. And the lead "singer" keeps yelling out "OOOOOOOOOOOOOhiOOOOOOOOOO"
in a way that if you are from Ohio you would've found very annoying. They
do 5 songs. He also was trying to start a class war by playing the folks in
the cheap seats against the folks up front. (why do the folks up front
sound louder? Cause they are closer to you dammit! and doesn't he realize
all the seats were the same price, it's not that the folks up front are
rich, just lucky!) I am only familiar with "The 3 EP's" album and so I don't
recognize the first 3 songs. The setlist went like this:

1) ? Featured the lyric "go outside"
2) ? Featured the lyric "might just break"
3) ? Featured the lyric "cry for me"
4) Dry the Rain
5) The House Song

Kid Koala Joined TBB onstage for The House Song and I must admit that was
pretty damn good. They played till about 8:15pm

8:30pm: Kid Koala come out. This was unexpected for me, since all of the
info left him off the bill, and I thought his part during the House Song was
the attempt to work him into the show. Not that I was disappointed, his
selection of "perfectly good songs that {he} messes up" was stellar, and
really set the mood. I didn't hear the Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors sample (if
he played it) but the Fitter, Happier sample drew a round of applause. He
was done by 9:00pm.

9:15pm: radiohead start. The roar of a furious THE NATIONAL ANTHEM gives
way to a wonderfully up-tempo version of MORNING BELL which climaxes with
some wonderful and inventive lighting. Thom dedicates MY IRON LUNG to "the
state of radio in the states... and the UK" it is a powerful version with
Johnny really attacking his axe. KARMA POLICE didn't really illicit the
sing-a-long I thought it would, which was OK cause Thom sang a great
version, "This is what you get..." was pure rock & roll evil! A rolling
KNIVES OUT was next followed by an interesting OPTIMISTIC I don't know if it
was the mix or what but something sounded different about it, still very
nice. A spooky CLIMBING UP THE WALLS was next - the blue and magenta lights
really added to the impact of the song and damn if I didn't nearly piss
myself during the song's climax. Next came a song "to cheer up those nice
people in the Bush administration" NO SURPRISES. Thom couldn't hear
something in the mix and so after about 10 seconds he stopped the song and
started over which got a huge cheer as did the lines "Bring down the
government/They don't, they don't speak for us". DOLLARS AND CENTS was up
next, the dancing girls in front of me were really grooving to this song,
and I must admit with that bass line if you weren't moving to this one you
must have been dead. PACKT LIKE SARDINES IN A CRUSHD TIN BOX was next and
the more I hear this live the more I love it, the fuzzed out bass is just
stellar, I would love to hear the boys record this version of the song, pure
power! EXIT MUSIC was marred by idiots that like to scream during quiet
parts of the song, but Thom's presence brings the focus back to him, and you
get sucked right back in. I MIGHT BE WRONG was another shaker, followed by
an intense PYRAMID SONG. Then came a "boop" and the most amazing version of
PARANOID ANDROID. I thought this song had lost the power to surprise me but
I was wrong. Simply the best version I've heard! IDIOTEQUE followed and
those dancing girls were at it again full steam. EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT
PLACE closed the main set with a bang. Johnny's "solo" at the end was really
wicked and noisy, excellent set closer.

10:45pm: The Encores. Thom walks out and sits at the piano and says "Back
home in England we have this Television show called 'Name that Tune' and if
any of you can name this one halfway through just yell it out." I was
intrigued, was it gonna be a cover, what was up? When I recognized it I
nearly fainted. I was disappointed that I didn't hear it in the soundcheck,
but to be at the show where LIKE SPINNING PLATES was played for the first
time ever live (I think?) was truly amazing. The version was stunning.
Thom's vocal was the best of the evening, the piano was quiet and pensive,
and hearing him sing the first verse in a slightly more understandable
fashion was a revelation. Joe from Minneapolis who was next to me at the
time said, "I didn't realize how powerful that song was" No kidding. The
Highlight of the show!!!! get the bootleg just for this I promise you won't
be disappointed. Next up: LUCKY. I love this song as an encore. The
soaring guitar makes me melt every single time, the lights soared to match,
perfect fusion of sound and visual. For YOU & WHOSE ARMY my eyes were glued
to the monitors watching the wide angle of Thom's face. Thom and Ed's
harmonies during the climax were blissful. The first encore ended with a
flowing HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY. In a way that was how I felt about the
evening, I'm not here... This amazing show is not happening. Thankfully it
was.

Encore 2 started with a fierce TALK SHOW HOST. Then Thom dedicated the last
song to "the people in the back by the (?)" I'm sorry I couldn't make out
what it was he said, but I stopped caring once he started STREET SPIRIT,
which is simply the best closing song ever!

11:20pm: The show was over. I still had a three hour drive (in traffic)
ahead of me that night, but I could've driven to California on the high that
the show left me with. Brilliant, simply brilliant. Find the bootleg for
LIKE SPINNING PLATES and PARANOID ANDROID well worth it! Thanks again to
the new friends I made, and a big fuck you to the drunk guy who walked in
the car lane while we all were trying to exit the parking lot, he simply
didn't understand common courtesy, and was big big jerk to boot.


JAKE:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:00:24


A couple friends and I had to drive 13 hours from minneapolis to cleveland, because it was impossible to get chicago tickets and we had to see radiohead. Needless to say it was an amazing performance. I don't have a detailed description of the show, but I can list a couple things that set it apart from the others. It seems they've been doing one bonus rare song during every performance, our was seeing the first time they've ever played Spinning Plates in it's entirety LIVE (I think) Thom started out by saying something about it being part of a British TV show and to cheer if we recognized it, then he sat at the piano and started playing for a couple minutes, and it sounded Familiar, But I really didn't recognize it until he broke into the Lyrics. It sounded pretty good for a song that they didn't seem to think they could do Live.

Also at the begining of one song, I believe it was Everything in it's Right Place Thom started out singing "If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next" and I got excited for a second because I thought I was going to hear a Manic Street Preachers Cover, but he only sang the line twice then started Everything...

He dedicated No Surprises to George W. and another song to the Current state of Radio, but I can't remember which one.

If you decide to put this in the review section I'd also like to add that I was Upset about how Short the Beta Band Set was, I mean Kid Koala Kicked ass, but I was really looking forward to seeing the beta band, I hope they tour again soon.


JOSEPH:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:00:42


I attended the Radiohead show on August 8th at Blossom, and I can honestly say that it was one of the most energetic and thrilling musical spectacles I have ever witnessed. In order to get a good seat on the lawn, my group arrived at 5:45 PM to get in line. When the gates opened, there was a mad dash to the lawn seating area in order to get the best seats for those who had lawn seats. After waiting for about an hour and a half in the blistering hot sun on the lawn, The Beta Band finally took the stage and provided a needed diversion. Although their set was disappoingtly short, the songs which they played, such as ?Dry The Rain,? sounded really good live. The lead singer was particularly amusing?at one point, he asked us lawn folks, ?How are the cheap seats?? and then he asked the pavilion crowds, ?How are the expensive seats?? Following the latter question, he busted out with a loud and sarcastic ?VIP!? which had many people roaring. After The Beta Band was done, Kid Koala took the stage and spun a wicked mix on the ones and twos. He did some wild stuff with Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, and Radiohead, which definitely got my blood flowing for Radiohead.

Once Kid Koala was done, some old-style waltzbig band music blared from the loudspeakers. (At least that?s what type of music I thought it was. I?d LOVE to know what songs were played so I could get em!)I was thrilled by it?it was so typical of something which Radiohead would do--so atypical and different, yet brilliantly cool and unexpectedly fitting. If I had gone with a lady, I would definitely have been getting my dance on. Anyhow, it became darker and darker outside; the sellout crowd grew more and more anxious as the minutes passed. Eventually, the stage lights went down, and the moment many of us had been waiting years for finally arrived! Radiohead came out to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd. When they first emerged and began playing, it seemed that enough energy to illuminate a small city was released. I have been to Blossom before, but I had never seen that many people there at once. As I looked around, I did not see one empty space on the lawn anywhere, which was a magnificent sight to see. Side comment: my group noticed that most of the cars at the show were not from the Cleveland area, which surprised us quite a bit.

?The National Anthem? began the show, and the energy from that song set the stage for the next exhilarating two or so hours. ?My Iron Lung,? one of only two songs from The Bends, was incredible; the band did an awesome job of using the tempo changes in the song for maximum effect. ?Climbing Up the Walls? was unbelievably beautiful, I was quite glad to see it played. The snarl in Thom?s voice really conveyed the anger and rage contained in the song ?Dollars and Cents,? which made for a powerful performance of this song. Another beautiful song was ?Exit Music??looking around at all of the lighters out during this song, as well as up into the starry night sky, made this song even more moving. ?Paranoid Android? was fabulous?of all the songs performed, I think this song (and possibly Everything?) are far better live than on the album. ?Idioteque? and ?Everything?? had so much energy packed into them and were very danceable. Thom was really going nuts during these two songs, and the crowd fed off of his energy. While watching him gyrate on the neato B&W movie screens at the side of the stage, goosebumps formed all over my body in the middle of the searing heat, because seeing that much talent and musical genius up close was more than I could bear. During the first encore, ?You and Whose Army? really rocked?Thom was playing with the camera the whole time. ?How To Disappear Completely? closed out the first encore?this song sent chills up my spine; it was the first song I liked from Kid A. Additionally, ?Like Spinning Plates? was played live for the first time, and Thom?s brilliant piano abilities really showed during this song, which had the entire crowd enthralled. The second encore began with ?Talk Show Host,? which is now one of my favorite Radiohead songs; it comes across fantastically live. ?Street Spirit,? the last song performed, was a perfect show closer. I was lucky enough to see Radiohead open for R.E.M. in Buffalo in 1995, and I thought they were phenomenal back then. Well, this show was at least ten times more incredible than that show. All in all, it was a fantastic show, undoubtedly worth the cost, heat, and being ?packt? onto the lawn along with thousands of other folks?I urge you all to see them if at all possible, and I really do hope they tour again sometime!


GARY:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:01:11


I was lucky enough to get tickets to see RH in Cleveland. Little did I know that I was in for an extra special treat w/ Spinning Plates, but the Beta Band was beyond excellent. I will go out and buy a couple of spinning plates of there own.

Now, to RH. They came on well after 9pm in a rustic venue w/ a hippy/college vibe. Lot's of college students and intellectuals (excluding me of course). If you've never been to the Blossom Music Center to see a show, it is worth the time and effort to see your favorite artist. My expectation for the event was extremely high, so I had to guard against being too pumped. I waited in my seat which was about 10 rows in front of the sound booth as soon as the Kiola bear ended. I watched as the stage hands moved liked ants to get ready for the main attraction.

The roadies kept making you think that RH was coming on stage because they all looked similar to the band members. However, there was no mistaking the start of the spectacle.

It started with some large red and blue lights flickering (like the lights on a computer when you hit the power button). Then the band came on and the crowd showed its gratitude w/ an enthusiastic response. The group waved and waited for what seemed like an eternity. Then the unmistakable sounds of National Anthem filled the theatre. I knew that National Anthem was going to be the opener, but it still blew me and 18,500 screaming fans away. The tempo was much faster the horn section more removed ( one guy came on to play that part). Quickly they went into a revolutionary set that I think will pioneer what rock concerts will be like in the future. Lots of programmable music mixed with muscular guitar riffs, gentle piano keys and full drum sounds. It was fantastic. It exceeded my expectations, even though they were high to begin with.

As the night progressed Thom became the focal point, like a single butterfly trapped in a screened porch. His voice was strong when it needed to be and gentle on the more delicate numbers. The rest of the band played off the crowd and each other to bring a memorable night to the mid-western crowd. It was surreal.


STEVE:
Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:02:48


On Wednesday the 8th, my sister and I drove to Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland to contemplate one of the great spectacles of modern times in entertainment: the Radiohead concert. Due to bullshit traffic congestion, we arrived at the Blossom Music Centre at 9:30, about half an hour into Radiohead's set. We were stricken with panic as we got out of the car into the parking lot, only to hear "Knives Out" trumpeting in the distance, and Thom Yorke's hypnotic wail droning over the venue's oh-so-strategically planted foliage and the deserted nearby campus of Kent State University. We ran...adrenaline rush like no other. Of course we had no idea where we were going, we were just following a pandemonious throng of hippies and stoners and techno-geeks who were caught in the traffic jam as well, led like rats to Radiohead's ambient Pied Piper through the front gates of the venue. And then the night really began...Blossom Music Centre is a Symphonic Ampitheatre, typically hosting Orchestrated performances, so the main stage and pavillion are built deep into the trough of a very very steep grassy hill. As we made our way through the gates, we came down the side of the hill on the stage right side, approaching the pavillion as quickly as possible, as the band had now kicked into a true-to-album version of "Optimistic". And then I looked to my left at the horde of entranced concert-goers arranged in a semi-circular, Colliseum-esque fashion up the concave gully, peering down at the five little Britons pounding away on the stage, which was drenched in a warm scarlet hue. The sound...I simply cannot put into words how impeccably good that band sounded. Kudos to Radiohead; they're simply the best band making music today. It was that moment, that very nano-second when I was racing down the hill, that I knew for sure that I would never, ever forget what was to ensue the rest of that night.

We rushed frantically down to the pavillion to reach our seats...which were all the way on the opposite side of the venue, lo and behold, but we got there nonetheless, as the band was wrapping up "Optimistic". Row by row, we made it to our destination: Section 14, Row H...8 rows from the stage...and then I looked up...only to be paralyzed with intrigue and excitement, gazing straight into the one good eye of Thom Yorke from no more than 15 feet away. While the house lights burst on and the road crew scurried out onto the stage to prepare the band for the next number, Thom breathed heavily, his absolutely tiny (he's so small in real life!) frail body hunched over his battle-worn acoustic, a huge smile of satisfaction sprawled across his stubbly little elven face.

And then my moment of transcendental ecstacy was very rudely interrupted by a security guard whose physique frighteningly resembled that of the proverbial female Phys. Ed. instructor. She very inconsiderately demanded to see our ticket stubs, to be sure we were in the right section....which made no sense, since everyone in the first ten rows or so just piles up as close as they can get. We did as we were told, and she sent us on our way. We finally settled in stage left, directly in front of Ed O'Brien (he's incredibly tall!) as the band started "No Surprises". They got about 8 bars into the song, when Thom stopped playing to relish in the crowd's very audible satisfaction, and then said: "Ok, they're turned on now. Can we start it again?" The band did accordingly, and the audience responded with even more enthusiasm. The music sounded great...just great. We really settled into the incredible atmosphere with ease. Everyone was really enthused, digging the music and minding their manners.

The guys were very warm and humble and engaging with the fans. Thom in particular was in high spirits, and let me tell you: that guy is simply an enigma. He's got an unparalleled ability to naturally affect and impact the emotions of everyone around him. He swayed and convulsed with all the ferocity and charisma of a man possessed. He was never at a loss for a one-liner or quip in between songs. He sarcastically dedicated "No Surprises" to the "...nice folks in the Bush administration...", and just before "Paranoid Android", he and Colin started randomly saying: "BLEEP!" to imitate the computerized blips that lead into the song on OK Computer. Man, Colin just cracked me up all night long! He was dancing around like a total dork during "Idioteque", and I think I even caught him making shadow puppets in the spot lights at one point! They were all having a great time playing, and we were all having a great time listening.

Some other highlights include: Phil rocking out righteously on "Dollars and Cents", Thom screaming into the soundhole of his guitar on "Climbing Up the Walls", Jonny playing keyboard and guitar at the same time on "Street Spirit"...pretty much everything Jonny did was awesome...One great surprise came when just Thom and Colin came onstage after a brief intermission, and Thom said: "Back in Britain, we used to have this show called Name That Tune...if you can name this one within the first few bars, you're pretty well off then. If you care to try, give us a holler." He then sat down at the piano and started playing a beautifully arpeggiated, hauntingly familiar melody, with Colin following along, looking off a reference score...and then everyone realized at once that it was "Like Spinning Plates"!! Excellent! I was completely blown away by this rendition of the song. Hopefully they'll keep it in their live repertoire for the next time I go and see them!

I, in all honesty, can't determine what my favorite song of the night was..."Lucky" was just incendiary, the lighting was amazing. "Paranoid Android" was totally epic, unforgettable. "I Might Be Wrong" completely burned the house down. "Talk Show Host" was a pleasant surprise, and "Pyramid Song" damn near induced hallucinations! But I think, after over two hours of great music and three encores, the song which best manifested the intangible longing and excitement of the experience was "Street Spirit", which spelled the culmination of the show. Indescribable...it was just rad.

Impeccable musicianship and great songs aside, what really makes Radiohead such a distinguished live band is the depth of atmosphere they are able to create to complement their musical style, and they seem to create this atmosphere out of thin air. Right now, Radiohead is the only band that matters. They are the only band that is really defining this moment in history through music, which is what rock music is all about; harnessing that intangible force and materializing it in the form of a universal language. Thanks so much guys.


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