Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Spectrum - Oslo, Norway
September 9, 2001
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01. The National Anthem
02. Hunting Bears (Thom: "Hello")
03. Morning Bell
04. My Iron Lung (Thom looks at moshers in crowd: "You've got the wrong gig")
05. Karma Police
06. Knives Out
07. Optimistic
08. Exit Music
09. No Surprises
10. Dollars and Cents
11. Airbag
12. Street Spirit
13. I Might Be Wrong
14. Pyramid Song (Thom: "And now it's... Pyramid Song")
15. Paranoid Android (Thom: "thanks very much. the trouble with the music industry at the moment is that there are large numbers of twats who take large amounts of cocaine and think they are incredibly wonderful....making sort of dodgy lifestyle videos, you know....lots of this (gesticulates with hands), lots of mercedes, you know.....we should all aspire to it apparantly. Well this song is for them.")
16. Idioteque
17. Everything In Its Right Place (Thom: "Thank you. Goodnight")

18. Lucky
19. Pearly* (Thom: "This is a dirty song about people who use sex for dirty things")
20. You and Whose Army
21. How to Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
22. True Love Waits (Thom: "Thank you... for those of you that don't know that last song is called True Love Waits. This song is called The Bends")
23. The Bends
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There are 2 reviews for this show.

Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:25:23

Rain, rain lots of rain. Wind that seemed to have taken a wrong turn on the way to Siberia. At least the show was indoors.

The day started off well. Ran into Mr Yorke in the hotel lobby, he having just arrived from Stockholm. He smirked at my minotaur fleece, remarking that it was a shame it wasn't waterproof.

The venue is a chunky little indoor arena with very steep seating. The floor is given over to those standing. I made my way over and met with a few other devotees to listen to the sound check. Always a chance they will be practicing something new. We patronised the adjacent sports bar whilst awaiting the hour of reckoning.

Inside I took my place centre-right of stage (between Jonny and Thom). Anti Pop Consortium came and went. Will be interesting to hear them again in Belfast as Laika is the only support band I have heard more than once and they sounded great second time around.

The tension built for the main attraction. They did not disappoint in any way. The storming start of 'National Anthem' followed with the debut rendition of Hunting Bears. A superbly balanced set was delivered with very little comment from Thom, apart from dedicating 'Paranoid Android' to the cocaine snorting wannabees of the music industry. 'Idioteque' almost brought the house down. The main set ended, with a real buzz of anticipation left in the audience as to what would appear as an encore.

As it turned out, no-one was disappointed. 'Lucky' got the adrenelin pumping again. And 'Pearly*' makes a superb live track, on a par with Just. The audience loved Thom's play acting during 'You and Whose Army'. Off for a second time, Thom returned alone to perform the extremely poignant 'True Love Waits' which was received with ecstatic applause. The evening was rounded off with the cleanest and most 'rock' version of 'The Bends' I personally have ever heard.

Overall, a stunning performance, and one which the band appeared to enjoy as much as the audience.

Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:26:06

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read in the newspaper early this summer that Radiohead was comning to Norway! It took me about half a second to decide that I was going to be there - no matter what would happen. I had never been to a Radiohead concert before, and I would never get a better opportunity to go to one than this.

And there I was, two months later, in the rain outside Oslo Spektrum, looking for entrance 4...

Entering the Spektrum felt like stepping out of the body. It was incredible to get inside, look at the stage and know that Radiohead would be playing there in about an hour. As we approached the area in front of the stage, Anti-Pop had already started their act, and in the beginning I thought it sounded kind of cool, but I pretty soon got tired of them.

Radiohead entered the stage about 8.30 and started with The National Anthem as usual. It really is a perfect song to start with, establishing the good feeling among the crowd and the special and wonderful Radiohead atmosphere from the first moment. The setlist brought no surprises, exept from Hunting Bears, which ended The National Anthem. I think it was a very good way to include that track into the set.

Among 23 perfectly performed songs, I think My Iron Lung, Exit Music, Dollars And Cents, Paranoid Android and True Love Waits were the highlights. It was also cool that they played Pearly, which I haven't heard live before. It was a big surprise that they did not play Talk Show Host and Packt Like Sardines, and personally I was hoping for Fake Plastic Trees. But who can complain? As long as their show doesn't last for 10 hours, there will always be a great amount of good songs left out.

The only disappointment was that the Spektrum was not sold out, which I absolutely cannot understand. The newspapers suggested that there were about 6000-7000 people there, which isn't that bad for Norway, really.. But I don't care that much, as long as I was one of them.

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