Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Coliseu do Porto - Oporto, Portugal
July 26, 2002
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There There
Keep the Wold From the Door
Sail to the Moon
Up on the Ladder
I Might Be Wrong
Morning Bell
My Iron Lung
In Limbo
Talk Show Host
Climbing up the Walls
Pyramid Song
Paranoid Android
Everything In Its Right Place

First Encore:
The National Anthem
Where I End and You Begin
You and Whose Army
Fake Plastic Trees

Second Encore:
Sit Down, Stand Up
Exit Music

Third Encore:
Street Spirit
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Submitted on: MAY 24, 2003 18:45:38

Just back from a great holiday in Europe with the unimaginably amazing climax of attending both radiohead gigs in the Coliseu do Porto. The best holiday ever topped by possibly the best night of my life on the 27th, no joke!

Firstly, there is an error in your setlist for the 27th july gig. Between 'I Might be Wrong' and 'In Limbo' was 'Morning Bell'. Secondly, I have a very good recording of the gig on the 27th but don't know whether to upload it. Would anyone really want it? I don't have alot of webspace you see.

Finally, you don't appear to have any reviews of either Porto gigs so here are my offerings, edit at will [you cant expect me to brief about these enormous events]:

5pm. There was an excited buzz in the crowd that queued for hours in the sun outside the magnificent art deco Coliseum. Rumours of the new songs and the apparent success of the 2nd night in Lisbon mixed with the happy chatter flitting around in various languages.

9pm. Right up at the front we listen to the support that we dub twolaptopsandasampler. Its interesting soundmongery but could really do with some visuals to liven up the act in a live setting. Nevertheless a little of my imroptu break dancing does the trick...

10pm. Finally. The 'head take the stage and there is the engulfing sense of everyones anxiety being released. There is a noticibly large rack of guitars off stage to the left and an even more conspicuous 'lost in space'esque flashing console lurking near Johnny... The 7 new songs are eagerly enjoyed - new to the ears but with enough of that x factor to be instantly memorable. Thom is sympathetic to the audience, joking that there is 'not long to go now' followed by a hammy yawn. He appears to be on top form, or maybe its because we're only a matter of feet away from him that we relish his every expression. Some great seemingly deranged dancing [we know theres method to his madness] and smirking at the crowd. Later on, while Thom plays the piano intro to 'You and Whose Army' someone at the back persists in screaming. He interrupts the sensitive vocal line to have a little chuckle to himself and subdues the screamer with a look that just says, "thankyou but really, not now..." Some of the new songs are unintroduced including one with a great drumming outro from Phil. Those that are introduced are not without irony. Keep the Wolf From the Door: "This is a song about the plague, one of my favourite subjects." Myxomatosis: "This is also about the plague, its called Myxomatosis, whoo!" The night proceeds into more familiar territory, we in the crowd not quite believing our luck at hearing all the songs we have idolised on CD for so long. A privilege, climaxing in us all freaking out to 'Just'. As for 'fade
out', there couldn't be a more apt end to the night.

6pm. You'd be forgiven for thinking the crowd outside the Coliseu do Porto were the same as yesterday. We spot a few familiar faces from the night before, but there is a definite shift in the company today: I sensed that tonight would be special. spooky.

9pm. twolaptopsandasampler looks the same but at least he double clicks some different files tonight. This time I've got a seat about 10m from the stage and the sound balance is obviously better than up front near the barrier. Maybe thats why i enjoy the support more, appreciating his selection of samples. Still its a welcome site seeing him shut down his VAIOs only because we know whats coming next...

10pm. The 'head are back, with a force. 'There, there' really is a kicking song, a rollicking start to the evening and i was right, the crowd are up for a big night tonight. They lap up every new song, the list of which has changed since last night. I'd been looking forward to 'Punch Up at a Wedding' ever since i heard the title, but its not what the title immediately suggests! A veritably slow number in fact. A high point is when Johnny heads for his flashing sci fi console to steer the starship Radiohead through 'Sit Down, Stand Up'. It should also be noted that Colin was on something tonight, a fixed grin on his face and bouncing round like a [lovable] idiot. Whereas last night i felt i connected on a cosmic level with Thom and Johnny, tonight I'm partying with Colin and the ever good-looking-despite-seeming-to-do-little-on-stage Ed. I'm always partying on a cosmic level with Phil.

The set list has been expertly judged tonight when they pull out Paranoid Android right on cue, then follow it with Idioteque. Crikey, we were bouncing off the walls by that time (sic)! They play the usual trick of wandering off stage one by one as 'everything in its right place' retreats, but tonight we're not letting them off that easily. They've played us like puppets and we're hungry for more - 3 encores more. The now traditional rendition of 'Ole, ole, ole, ole' by the crowd seems to do the trick, and for the second encore Thom accompanies us on piano! They then give a wonderfully haunting performance of 'We Suck Young Blood', actually quite a beautiful song, before their intended exit music [sic], 'Karma Police'. But oh no. I knew tonight was special. The set lists on stage said that the gig was over, but every single body including those on stage were having too good a time. "This is gonna be a nasty shock..." said Thom. And as I looked around the Colisue do Porto, everyone on their feet, not wanting, just happy to be in the presence of those on stage, I knew this night could never be bettered. I do belong here.

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