Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

UNO Lakefront Arena - New Orleans, LA USA
October 2, 2003 with Supergrass
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Setlist
The Gloaming
There, There
2+2=5
Where I End and You Begin
Exit Music(For A Film)
My Iron Lung
Myxamatosis
Paranoid Android
Sail to the Moon
Kid A
Knives Out
Climb up the Walls
Like Spinning Plates
Go to Sleep
Idioteque
Fake Plastic Trees
Sit Down, Stand Up

1st Encore
You and Whose Army?
National Anthem
A Punchup at a Wedding
How to Disappear Completely

2nd Encore
Airbag
Everything in its Right Place
Show Notes
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Reviews
There are 39 reviews for this show.

DAN:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 03:43:02


Amazing.


T:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 05:06:49


As someone who has only recently gotten into Radiohead (thanks Z!) and who is not familiar with all of their material, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the entire concert. Even the unfamiliar stuff sounded wonderful and carried with it a tremendous amount of energy. I loved the way the music could have such a modern, technological feel, but still be wonderfully human and organic. An excellent show.


CHOOCHOO:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 05:59:03


one word, incredible. the greatest band walking the face of the earth finally came back to new orleans. i have seen many great bands but none can match what i saw last night. i have been anticipating this show since i bought the tickets in july. they blew the roof off. the only complaint anyone could ever have is they didn't play long enough. you never want it to end. 23 songs of pure brilliance. please come back soon radiohead. never stop making records. i want more. forever!


KID B:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 06:20:00


The Beatles. The Stones. Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin. At one point they have all laden with that argumentative label "the best band in the world" (funny how the country that invented rock 'n roll can't catch a break here). Add another Brit band to that list, if you haven't already. That's right, friends--Radiohead is the best band on the planet, although they may or may not be from it. Other artists may transcend genres, cross over, mix musical styles, but how many can create something that actually sounds like a wholly original and new creation? Sitting (no, standing) in Lakefront Arena in New Orleans last night I felt as if I was witness to the evolution, or some epiphany of God, or at the very least a music that resembles less of what we can comprehend and more like an alien life form I can't figure out but simultaneously can't turn away. And in short order the cloth of human emotion is wrung dry and I am left both drained and invigorated by the power of 5 people, one band, who graced all of us with their presence. And if you're reading this and have never seen, it is a PRESENCE. But enough theoretical BS. My highlights:

The Gloaming: the precursor of things to come. Not your traditional opening number but then again, Radiohead is not your traditional band

2+2=5: I got that chill--and you know that chill--during the buildup with everyone singing. Then the release...

My Iron Lung: The first Radiohead song I heard after which I thought the band wasn't human. This was reiterated after tonight's performance. Absolutely awesome during "And if you're frightened..." bridge; band dropped out, Thom sang on, and then the blast of sound to re-welcome everyone back in

Exit Music: In 20 (over 10 hardcore) years of attending concerts I've never heard an arena so quiet, almost reverent, as during the beginning of this song. Which is good, so you could actually appreciate its fragile beauty

Knives Out: So great to hear this. Nothing poetic to say, just so fucking good

Climbing Up The Walls: Remember the line earlier about wringing out human emotion? I actually felt it personified with a punch during this one (it was out of happiness and shock so I forgive her)

Like Spinning Plates: Thom on piano and a lullabye to sleep. I could have drifted away on the notes

Fake Plastic Trees: I told a friend I might cry before this song was over if they played it. I got teary-eyed in the first verse.

Idioteque: Thom in full spasm, the crowd falling in union with him, lights going everywhere--anyone out there think Radiohead would play a rave?

How to Disappear Completely: Once again, Thom on an acoustic, but with that haunting backdrop supplied by electronic music extraordinaire Johnny Greenwood. Sad to hear him sing "In a little while/I'll be gone" knowing it was true...

And now, so am I. Thanks for reading.


JOE DAKIN:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 07:03:47


i think the setlist listed is a little bit off but it was amazing.

speechless.

It was my first time. Repeatedly got chills. I am born again.


ERIK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 07:22:16


most incredible show ever. blew my mind away. i had the best spot in the whole show. 5 feet directly in front of thom yorke, with nothing seperating us but the security barrier between the stage and the crowd. every song was incredible, the sound was incredible. words can barely describe the impact a radiohead show has on you. towards the end of the show, my girlfriend got sick from how hot it was down there, and the security guards allowed us to climb over the barrier. i followed after her and stood up on the barrier with the crowd cheering. i looked thom yorke straight in the eye who was looking back at me. it was incredible, when i got down into the "security moat" i looked back up at thom and waved to him, he nodded and winked back at me. incredible feeling!

this was a once in a lifetime experience.

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!!!


JAMES:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 07:34:41


Superlatives don't do it justice. It's the morning after, and I'm still trying to describe it in an understandable language. Oh well. They threw a curve and opened with The Gloaming, with everyone going wild. Great pleasant surprise. They played almost everything from the new album, which is to be expected, but they made my night with Exit Music, Climbing Up the Walls, Kid A, How to Disappear Completely at the end of the first encore, a beautiful piano rendition of Like Spinning Plates, and my personal highlight, Fake Plastic Trees, for sentimental reasons. Thom went crazy during Myxomatosis, National Anthem, and Sit Down. Stand Up. He seemed happy and was having fun the whole time. Colin, too, was jumping around at his spot by the drums. Johnny was in his own little world with his machines, and Phil hammered out a precise, business-like beat for the duration of the show. I loved the live version of Everything In Its Right Place, and although I wish I could have heard Talk Show Host, Karma Police, and Street Spirit, you can't have it all. When it was over, we walked outside, cool October air in our face, eyeballs bulged, all thinking the same thing: wow.


KATIE:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 07:40:52


So after driving 3 hours, standing in line for another hour, we finally get inside the intimate venue. I saw intimate because last time I saw them it was outside in New York with 10,000 other cool people. Supergrass came on...and then that was over. So now everyone's anticipating the band. The lights go out and so it begins. The Gloaming starts up and it's beautiful. There were a few minor sound problems but half the time I couldn't tell if it was on purpose or accident...that's the great thing about their music. They played a good majority from Hail to the Thief...rightfully so. I'm glad I saw them before this show because they played a lot more OK Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac. This show deff. had more energy due to the song selections. And Thom Yorke, despite how old he is, still looks like a 13 year-old from far away, but one of the most brilliant 13 year-olds i've ever come in contact with. Peace out.


KELLY:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 08:06:35


This was my first Radiohead experience and the word "amazing" just doesn't do last night justice. The tickets were a birthday present from my 40-ish mother who came. (She's still trying to find out what I'm all about.) I remember putting in Kid A on our drive there and she looked at me and said "what is this?!?!" I told her that was what she was going to be hearing later on that night. Suffice to say, she didn't enjoy the show as much as I did. (She is a Coldplay fan though because of me and I think she was expecting something more like that.)
I swear, there moments it felt like a spiritual experience. "There There" rocked and it made my night when they played "How To Disappear Completely." "Where I End And You Begin" and "Idioteque" were highlights, among the many others.
I danced my ass off, screamed my lungs out, and clapped my hands to the point where it hurt - but it was all worth it.
I need to see these guys again.


DAVID:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 08:20:58


It's amazing how the environment in which you attend a concert can have such a profound impact on your perception of the band, or even the quality of the music. With Radiohead, however, you could watch them play in the belly of a whale and you would walk away with the same dumbfounded look on your face as I did last night. Not that you would likely walk once trapped in a whale's stomach, but I digress. Supergrass was an interesting choice for an opening band. They were tight, but fortunately brief. Thom introduces himself with an almost gregorian chant of "nawlins, nawlins, nawlins", and then informs us that it is indeed the witching hour. Like the last reviewer, I stood in a field of 45,000 people in front of the Statue of Liberty last time I saw these guys, and it was as quiet there as it was last night during the first 2:30 of Exit Music. How many times do you hear people get "shushed" at a rock show? I love it. Player of the Game? Phil Selway...dude's a beast. While Thom danced like a sprite in the forest, I saw people actually worshipping this band. I worship God, but I am so glad that He placed people like Radiohead on this Earth with the pure talent and drive to continue to create the beautiful, trancendental, music that makes me dance like no one's watching. I had to teach a class full of high school sophmores today on three hours sleep. While they did their busy work, I played OK Computer to help them focus and allow me to zone out and reflect on last night. They begged me to put in Nelly. Poor Kids.


ADRIAN ERNESTO:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 08:59:31


Wow! F--king Amazing! To tell you the truth U really didn't know what to expect, they totally blew me away. Highlights, Ed and Johnny banging away on the stand up drums during "there there." Thom dancing around like a joyous child during almost all the songs. Such a relief. Seeing Thom having fun out there on stage. And the way that the band seemed grateful from the response from the crowd. A truly great band. My favorite song they played has to be "National Anthem" When that song came on I freaked out, and did my Thom like dance on the floor. I had great floor seats, great view. The songs from "hail to the theif" even better live.
One question, there was a song where Thom was at the piano and he had the lyrics taped to the piano. What song was that? Anyone know? Please e-mail me.
Go see this show, they played a lot from Amnesiac. One of my faves.
No words to describe one of the best shows II've ever had the honor of witnessing.


JOHN PICKETT:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 09:02:07


My very first show and what a performance!! These guys have sooo much fun and the crowd along with them. The best part were the encores. What a life altering experience.


ANDY:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 09:14:34


This was such a great show, and Thom was nice enough to come out of the tour bus afterwards and talk to a bunch of us and sign our tickets and vinyls and such. After reading so many reviews about how he's impersonable, I thought it was great that came out and gave us the time of day.

We, of course, giggled like schoolgirls the rest of the night...


ALLISON:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 09:31:47


indescribable. i've spent today (the day after) on cloud nine.. i'm up on a cloud and i can't come down. i almost don't believe it happened. last night, we got lost for an hour and showed up at 5... only to hear a friend of ours talking about the floor tickets that were on sale. we got our tickets at 10:01 the day they came out, but they were for balcony. i don't know why they had floor on sale last night, after the concert had been deemed "sold out" for weeks.. but they did and i'm sincerely grateful.

i've never been to a concert with such an amazing crowd. we all clicked, discussed not only radiohead.. but everything. we all had so much in common.. and the one overlying theme of the night: surreal. i stood from 5 to 8.. and the whole time we were simply happy. i couldn't complain.

supergrass was ok.. insanely think accents, but you have to love it.. it's not the kind of stuff i'd listen to on a normal basis, but it was a good way to pass the time.

then radiohead.. i can't emphasize how centered it all was. everyone was smiling.. and satisfied. i think the band recognized it, too. they fed off of the crowd last night, and we fed off of them.. so the energy just got higher and higher and higher. the music transcended all barriers.. i felt it. i could feel myself feeing the music. and that's not a common thing.

best songs of the night:
sail to the moon: personally, this song has always had a place in my heart..

a punchup at a wedding:
great followup to the national anthem.. i think it sounded perfect.

idioteque: who would doubt it?

how to disappear completely: undoubtedly the highlight of my night.. i wasn't there.. it wasn't happening.

i guess that's enough for today.. i'm going to work.. glowing. :)
::allison::


PATRICK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 10:08:07


This was my first time seeing radiohead and I must say that it is a complete outer-body experience. I have been to alot of concerts and this one would have to be the best. The only problem were some drunk, drugged up assholes sitting behind us talking throughout the whole show. A little advice, if you go to a concert, do not constantly talk throughout the whole thing. Cause you'll be pissing off everyone around you. Especially during a song like Exit Music. You inconciderate bastards. Concerts here should be like the ones in Japan, complete silence. But all in all, the best show I've ever seen.


SEAN:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 10:11:29


What can I say? Awesome show. The minutes between Climbing Up the Walls and Fake Plastic Trees was among the best of my life.


MARK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 11:25:06


Beautiful show. First time seeing Radiohead. I'd been diligently studying their setlists for the past couple of months, but this one blew me away. Nothing could have prepared me for the beauty of Exit Music, Climbing Up the Walls, Knives Out, Like Spinning Plates, and My Iron Lung... The opening with The Gloaming was a little unspectacular, but There There started to build the crowd up and by the end of 2+2=5 they had everyone in a trance. From then on, it was pure bliss. My only complaint: 2 hours isn't long enough, dammit!


BEN:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 14:08:17


I had never seen Radiohead before, and I really liked the show, but I couldn't enjoy it to it's full extent because of these two old people in the pit that griped me out because the crowd accidentally moved me in front of them. If you're reading this, you know who you are. People that don't like the "action" of the pit should go sit in the seats. That having been said, I think the highlight of the night was Idioteque. Thom doing an idiot dance and directing us to do the same was really a treat. It's weird that Radiohead can be such an awesome band and attract such horrible people.


S62 (JAMES PROCTOR):
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 14:43:36


Absolutely godlike... I have never felt such a connection with a band live, nor have I felt such immense power and emotion flowing throughout a group of people. I'm speechless... Radiohead = God


ARLENE:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 15:29:41


After years of reading other people's reviews and seeing other people's pictures from shows, it was really strange and exhilarating to be standing right in front of Ed, with Thom and Jonny clearly in view. The show was excellent in my opinion, even though as others have stated, Thom didn't say much to the crowd. Still, he was full of energy, and it was great seeing him doing his crazy dances in person. Also, I don't know if anyone else noticed, but during one of the songs he would mouth something to Ed between verses (during "knives out" maybe?). Speaking of Ed, it was great standing on his side, since he occasionally interacted with the crowd and would randomly jump up and down to pump himself up.

I tried not to have too many expectations regarding which songs they played, but I was really happy they played LSP, How to Disappear, and Airbag (which I really didn't expect)! All in all there isn't anything negative for me to say...this is thusfar the best concert experience I've had, and it was well worth the long drive.


JAMIE:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 16:04:44


Wow. That's almost all I can say. Just fucking wow. After 7 years of listening to this band almost nonstop, no recorded work could have prepared me for what was absolutely the most emotionally draining experience of my life. I definitely don't mean that in a bad way.

I am rendered speechless beyond this.


CHUCK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 18:12:23


I really don't think I can put into words just how incredible this show was. From the opening notes of the gloaming to final word "forever" scrolling across the screen, Radiohead proved, without a doubt, that they are the most inventive, creative, and original band in the world. The skill displayed by the band as they played different instrument after instrument with tight perfection and reckless abandon was truly awe-inspiring. Some of my favorite moments:

2+2=5--Gave me chills
Exit music--I've never seen that many people be completely silent out of sheer reverence.
Paranoid Android---Wow
Like spinning plates--I've never really cared for this song, but Thom's version was beautiful.
Idioteque--Thom's dancing electrified the place.
Knives Out--Thom kept glancing at the offstage cameras mouthing "catch da mouse"
You & whose army?--Thom's silly faces made a great song even better
Airbag--What a great surprise! I didn't expect this one
Fake plastic trees, Sail to the moon, National anthem, My Iron Lung....I could go on & on.I only wished they would have played Lucky & Pyramid song.Still.. the best show I've ever seen!


MIKE:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 18:22:58


Wow ladies and gents, my first Radiohead show. There is no word in the english dictionary to describe how kick-ass Radiohead was so I'm forced to make one up. Delexcellent. Yeah that's right. The show was absolutely delexcellent. It was truly thrilling to witness the band's chemistry onstage as they communicated through the sacred language of rock n' roll. There was a vibe floating around that night that made things just perfect. Like the way time seemed to stop at the end of "Fake Plastic Trees" and all you could hear was Thom lulling the audience into a rock-n-roll lullaby. Everything was just in its right place. My friend and I had wicked seats even though we were on the balcony on the right side of the stage (1st row is not too shabby ladies and gents). I distinctly remember images of a 30 foot Thom Yorke staring down at me from the monitor directly above us as he played "You And Whose Army?" and then looking at him the next minute as he's flailing around onstage like an epileptic. I shouted to my friend, "JESUS CHRIST! HE'S ONLY A LITTLE GUY!" Song after song just kept getting better and better. Radiohead once again proves they are the best band in the galaxy and re-assures my faith in rock-n-roll.

HIGHLIGHTS:
"Exit Music (For A Film)- Wow!!! Definitely my favorite part of the show. My only regret is my g/f wasn't there to share the experience with me. It was sublime.

"My Iron Lung"- Good lord! I think i pulled a "rock" muscle on this little number.

"Fake Plastic Trees"- Oh Thom! Why must you break my heart? Haha! I'm man enough to admit it i squirted some tears on this one!

"Go To Sleep"- I thought i was gonna have a seizure when Jonny started fuckin' around on his guitar at the end of this song.

"How To Disappear Completely"- I think Keanu Reeves said it best in The Matrix when he said, "Whoa..." That's kinda how i was during this song.

Radiohead doesn't tour the U.S. enough!!! COME BACK AND ROCK THE DIRTY-DIRTY ONE MORE TIME, FELLAS! Oh yeah and one more itty bitty complaint- NO "KARMA POLICE"?!?!

P.S.- Supergrass sucked...


BRASHER:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 03, 2003 20:06:40


My second time...as good as the first.

Twice is definitely not enough.

It never gets old.

I would have followed them to Florida and Atlanta if I didn't have other obligations, such as school and a job.

Joe Dakin is a cooter.


MAUREEN:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 04, 2003 07:15:49


When my friends ask how the show was I cannot reply because there will never be a way to describe the experience of seeing and hearing Radiohead. Five senses are not enough with which to take in RH. I felt overloaded...like I could only absorb so much and there there existed no way to express the joy and beauty we experienced as Radiohead made musical love to the crowd.

Never have I enjoyed every single song of a concert so deeply. Some of the most intense moments were:

Myxomatosis - shake Thom shake
Kid A - a brilliant beat and mix-up
Idioteque - a must-hear for me...if there had been room, I would've given Thom a race for the maniacal dance award
Fake Plastic Trees - I blew through the ceiling

Driving home to Arkansas, I felt like I had just left a love behind, not knowing when we will ever meet again. A two-hour orgasm is hard to come by, but Radiohead knows how to deliver that bliss without so much as a single touch.


MUSICK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 05, 2003 07:15:07


Man, what a show.

I have seen many great shows in the past ten years. I have seen bands that completely blew my mind in mulitple ways. Radiohead topped that, hands down.

The lights went off, and people went completely nuts. The deafening sound of the crowd as the five boys from England walked out was only drowned out by the starting synth-bass line of "The Gloaming". That song was so awesome live.

I won't go into details about the show, but I will say that though I loved the Hail to the Theif album before this show, the more electronic songs to me didn't have much energy on the recording. Seeing them live completely changed that. The highlights of the show for me were "Myxamotosis", "Punch Up at a Wedding" and "Kid A".

The visuals were the best I've seen, topping what I once thought couldnt be topped (Tool). They had waves of colors behind them, constantly shifting colors and flowing with sparkles of stars flashing. They had about 8 camreas, being mixed quite well on two huge LCD screens.


ST. ALPHONZO:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 05, 2003 12:30:42


Amazing show, best show ive ever seen next to ween/col. claypools bucket of bernie brains and Tool. Highlights were 'how to disappear completely' 'my iron lung' 'sit down, stand up' and 'idioteque', Thom's satire is up there with Roger Waters' and Zappa's, im still blown away, be sure to check them out if you can. The only thing that ruined the show was the off beat clapping and the yelling from all the drunkens.


HAYLEY:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 05, 2003 17:13:54


Utterly Amazing. My friends and I drove 8 hours from Dallas to see the best band on earth and it was completely worth it. standouts: fake plastic trees(brought tears to my eyes), you and whose army?, my iron lung, idioteque, go to sleep, oh hell the whole show was fucking incredible. Definitely will cherish that night for years to come


MARK BURNETT AND TRAVIS MCDANIEL:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 05, 2003 18:13:51


We drove seven hours from our home, arrived at the arena at 11:30 pm Wednesday night. We were the first ones to arrive. We slept in a tent and waited in a sleeping bag by the barrier at the front of the line from 6 am until showtime. We saw Colin arrive in a taxi and gave him directions to the band's entrance. Nineteen hours of patience paid off, as we were the first two people on the floor. We chose the best spot to be--halfway between Thom and Jonny. I cannot tell you how long nineteen hours seems when you are staring at your watch the entire time, but I can tell you that what we saw on stage Thursday night was worth every second. To see Jonny work his magic from up close is something that I'll never forget. To see Thom's facial expressions--to see and hear him get pissed off at the sound guy during "Where I End and You Begin" and to hear him say to Jonny at the beginning of Airbag, "I love this song"--these things are priceless to me. Ultimately, we were rewarded with Jonny's setlist and a pic from Thom's stand, but the real reward is the feeling I get when I hear these people play music. Thanks so much to the greatest band in the world for a spectacular show.


BMW:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 06, 2003 04:41:02


we drove 9 hours from San Antonio,TX for the show and it was worth every second. i can't desrcibe how wonderful it was to actually see RH perform live. all I can say is thank you Thom for the excellent job and thanks for playing my g/f favorite "Fake Pastic Trees" w/acoustic. I've never seen a band have such control over a crowd.


ADAM:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 06, 2003 13:50:43


Coming into this show I didn't really know what to think. My favorite band, my rite of passage, and the band that has had a significant impact in my intellectual development, was coming to a New Orleans, which is in very close proximity to my hometown of Baton Rouge. What is it like to see your hero? Would my dreams of Radiohead be deflated?

The day approached ominously. A strange mixture of emotions ran through my consciousness. How can the band in the flesh hope to match the albums? Why cant they remain the idiosyncratic juxtaposition of emotion? Why do they have to come, why do I have to have my notions burst?

I left school on Wednesday night with my friend Aaron. To pass the 3 hour drive to Baton Rouge, where we would be spending the night, we indulged ourselves and participated in the commonly held clich of repeatedly listening to the band before the event. Something stirred inside of me. Why was I analyzing this experience, holding it to be so sacred and demanding perfection?

I awoke the next morning around 5:30. I had waffles, eggs, orange juice, and satisfaction for breakfast. I said goodbye to my dad who was on his way to work around 6:30. This was going to be a day to remember.

We got to New Orleans around 8. Pulling into UNO, we were almost run over by an 18-wheeler, whose driver promptly found us and screamed at us about ruining his spotless safety record. A stagehand advised us to park behind the venue, with all of the other stagehands. We talked to Radioheads bus driver, exchanged a couple of glances with the sound guys and then walked past the security guard who yelled at us in the same fashion as the guy who almost killed us.

Aaron had balcony tickets, the unfortunate side effect of not guessing that W.A.S.T.E was selling the floor tickets. I approached the floor line at ramp 4, not really having ever experienced the concert wait, the long buildup to orgasm. I met some interesting people, with the assorted lives all delightfully contradicting each other. There were two college grads from Arkansas who had flown to California to see Radiohead in the Hollywood Bowl and then back to Arkansas, only to drive to New Orleans to see them again. After the concert, they were embarking on a seven week trip through Europe together. They had both played collegiate baseball at Arkansas. There were a couple of current college students from Alabama who were catching the show after ditching class. One was in between court appearances, after being accused by the police of various counts of making fake IDs. His charges will most likely be dropped, and hell make it into a law school of some sort. There were some New Orleans kids that were just lucky enough to stumble onto floor tickets. One of them got stoned and made a run to Wendys to get a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, which he promptly decided he didnt want to eat, and then gave to me. There was a point when I was sitting in the folding chair of the future-lawyer, using the sleeping bag of one of the Arkansas grads, and eating the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger of the New Orleans kid. Why would anybody be so generous for no reason? How could a fake-ID-making lawyer in the making like the same band as an ex-minor league baseball player? How could local New Orleans kids enjoy the same band as a quaint Japanese couple? Could the Japanese couple speak English, much less decipher the layered metaphors of Radiohead? What was the commonality between us all?

The line started moving around 6:45-7p.m. I had waited nearly half the day for what was coming up so soon. I was 6th in line, and this was going to be beautiful. All that was standing between me was a gruff security guard and his bracelet applying, ticket-punching, and barcode-scanning minions. This seemed orderly enough, yet something went terribly wrong.

As the delightfully calm and collected Radiohead fans ascended the ramps en route to the fruits of their waiting, the Gestapo-like ticket collectors had an idea. They would form two lines, with no distinction being given to the place in line. The two lines soon formed into three, and then just a big crowd of loud, angry, and not as impressive Radiohead fans. Is this really the way we were to act? Were all of us with such a beautiful commonality to dispose of our manners and our decency just to be a couple feet closer to Thom, Jonny, Ed, Colin, and Phil?

Cooler heads prevailed to a degree. Some of the people who had arrived Wednesday evening to the arena and camped on the lawn reasoned with the short-sighted and seemingly unjust security guard. He made some considerations for those who had waited for the longest. I was allowed past, along with my girlfriend Lauren, and my close friend Ailia. Despite my good luck with justice, I had to set things right. There were people who waited as long as me, and they were being left behind. I turned around and reasoned with the security guard, demanding considerations for those who had been in line as long as I. I made special mention of the Japanese couple who apparently didnt speak English very well. After being brushed off somewhat, I saw some of those I had sought to help ascend the ramp, including the Japanese couple, whom I ran towards screaming You made it! There was good in us Radiohead fans. There was a reason Ive been looking forward to October 2nd for months.

After getting our tickets scanned, we made a mad dash towards the stage, securing a spot against the comfy black wall, a mere yard or two from the stage, as close as you can get. Lauren, Ailia, and I were directly in front of Jonny with a great view of Ed, Thom, and Colin. The venue was intimate, a mere 10,000 people in an enclosed dome. Looking around at the excited running silhouettes, I was reaffirmed. Even if Radiohead wasnt as good as I had hoped, even if they played sloppily, at least I was with 10,000 people who I could call friends because they saw what I did. They saw that this is the best band of the last decade, perhaps of all time in some minds. They knew what was in store.

After an hour of waiting, Supergrass came on and played a terribly boring set. They seemed half-drunk; they seemed half-sick and half-inspired. They missed their cues occasionally, and their songs really had no staying power. I cant really remember too much about the set because it was on par with any average bar band. The crowd wasnt really into their show at all. They seemed to feel that they were playing a poor show as well, and thankfully didnt play that long.

Then we were in the home stretch. The stagehands did their assemblies, took away the annoying organ that obstructed our views from the front, and gave us a couple of smiling glances as we screamed how much we wanted their job. Then, as my anticipation was building, I just thought of how they were all humans, that we are all humans, we all have this common link between us. We cant all be Radiohead, but we can do our best to change things. They inspire so many of us to live better lives, and yet they are the same as my dad, just going about their work. We all contribute.

The lights dimmed and then something else took over. The show opened with The Gloaming and then I realized that they were everything I had hoped for and more. They were just hard working musicians. Thom snarled fuck! towards Johnny, presumably because of some sort of mistake in Thoms cue to begin his lyrics. It helped me notice another thing in the band. It may just be inference, but Thom and Johnny seem to have a rivalrous relationship. Who is the bigger genius? At times, Johnny would appear strikingly similar to Beethoven in physical appearance and sheer concentration. The manner in which he sculpted such beauteous sonic landscapes from such obscure instruments as radios is unparalleled. Thoms vocal range was a delight in person, without equal in being able to convey such a wide array of emotion. This was especially highlighted by songs that had such a buildup, such as Exit Music (For a Film).

Ive also heard Thom speak before about Street Spirit, and how it really isnt him who sings the lyrics, it is something else, almost a spirit of sorts playing the song. There is a definite supernatural essence to this man, as though he is some sort of vessel for men to hear a tiny slice of Gods thought, as most great thinkers make men feel. There were certain images in the concert that reaffirmed this for me. For example, whenever the piano was rolled onto the stage by the stagehands, Thom would have his back turned towards the audience, at a slight angle that one could see the side of his face on the opposite side of where I was viewing the concert. From my vantage point, I could see the reflection of Thoms face in the piano, which was further accented by the smoke effects in the stage show. To say it was ethereal is an understatement. The conviction with which Thom croons his lyrics in such a private, intimate manner pierces your heart and makes you pine for a conviction and passion as strong as his temperament is for songwriting.

Whenever the spotlight was singularly on Thom, such as in How to Disappear Completely, the crowd would fall to dead silence in awe. The same can be said of such titles as Sail to the Moon, when Johnny seemed to play impossible chords stretching innumerable frets, while Thom produced ungodly range from his voice. There was simply a look of amazement on the faces of those around me, seemingly saying is this really happening?

Idioteque was also a high point of the show, with the crowd convulsing to every beat. The energy level was enormous and very immersive. Sit Down, Stand Up also had a very high level of crowd participation. Thankfully, after such high excitement in the set list, the crowd was able to enjoy the rest provided by the perfectly placed Fake Plastic Trees and the time before the 1st encore. I found myself with Lauren and Ailia gyrating uncontrollably throughout the concert, and ended up with a pretty sore neck the next day. Ailia sent me this email shortly after the concert:

Dear Adam,
It was great to be up front with you and Lauren. Though you were just as excited as any of us impassioned Radiohead fans, you have the distinction of being one of the most open and sincere about your enthusiasm, regardless of how others perceive you. I noted we three were often jumping and gyrating in unison. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
God bless,
ailiA

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"It is only through hearing music that I know God exists."
-Salieri, -Amadeus



The band seemed to be very into the arenas cozy nature and there was a large amount of crowd interaction. With songs like Myxamatosis, Thom seemed to be jeering at the crowd somewhat with the lines such as cheering and waving and twitching and salivating. I wondered to myself what it must be like to put on such a good show and see all of these people waving and smiling in amazement at your performance every evening. There was also a mic cam in which Thom made many amusing gestures towards the audience. They seemed as I had imagined them from things like the Meeting People is Easy DVD. You cant really ever get to know a person from celebrity gossip or DVD documentaries, but somehow Radiohead seems genuine. Johnny seemed detached from the crowd, and was seemingly immersed in the music. Ed on many occasions was the crowd favorite, as he would often make gestures towards the crowd to get everyone excited. Colin was in the back just enjoying the music and singing along like any one of the fans. Phil went about his business and played his drums perfectly, and Thom was the eccentric running about the stage, looking at times as solemn as a man with his last breath upon his lips, and at others as joyful as a toddler.

They were all human, as I had detached them from being. They get tired. They miss cues. They feel all of the emotions that they are conveying, and they just happen to make immortal music. They penetrate every fiber of your being, and then they also as just a couple of guys that wed all count as our friends. They dont play a venue and tell you to go buy their new album. They dont play a venue just to get past it and on to the next. There is an emotional bond that forms, an attachment that well keep for the rest of our lives. To share such joyous music with so many people is the great gift of Radiohead, of honesty about humanity, and about the commonality that all men share. I saw no fights, I saw very little self-serving activity, I saw the best parts of the human spirit and 10,000 smiles as people left the arena feeling good about life again.

-Adam


PAUL BOUDREAUX:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 06, 2003 14:25:48


the show was obviously amazing, but afterwards, I waited outside with some friends, when thom came out, signed autographs, and chatted with us.

thank you thom.


MAXIMUS:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 06, 2003 17:38:10


i think paranoid android was played right after 2+2 and before 'where i end'. i believe myxomatosis was played later on... fake plastic trees was before idioteque and I really liked that bit, they started building the climax from that song then idioteque and i think sit down stand up was the highest point in the concert. we really need to get this setlist sorted out.

i was really toasted with the 'forever' sign they displayed in the screens at the end of the concert. now i will have to resume my meaningless life knowing nothing, absolutely nothing, will top radiohead in new orleans. forever.


GABE:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 06, 2003 18:18:38


happily drove six hours to see this show- and would've gladly driven more. after listening to these guy for years and finally seeing them live...WOW! a revelation. to those of us lucky enough to have seen them, savor the experience. like seeing floyd in 74-74 or zeppelin at their peak, we were a part of music history. radiohead is so far and away ahead of anything else out there it boggles the mind. ive seen thousands of shows and this one topped them all. the music, the sound, the light show- exponentially more perfect than anything ive ever had the privilege of being a part of. my sister in law is notoriously emotional and i chuckled when she told me she cried through the whole st. louis show. i laborously ate my words as i sobbed tears of joy throughout 'fake plastic trees'. recognize the importance of what this band is accomplishing!


TERRY:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 07, 2003 00:01:20


What I liked about the show was that it really showed how beautiful Thom's voice is. So many bands today don't even try to sing. And those haunting guitar sounds - incredible. I brought a friend who didn't really like RR that much. Needless to say, he was blown away.


RADIOLYNS:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 07, 2003 16:31:28


Same old radiohead... same unbelievable radiohead. I have seen them 5 times since '95, and they never seem to change. Thom still dances wildly across the stage, johnny still hangs his head fiddling with electronics or his keyboard, and Phil still hangs in the back playing the drums. The only change, is the size of their following crowd. I swear they havent changed, and yet every show i see seems to get better. Their music was absolutely mezmorizing, even more than 5 years ago. Their new songs were so enchanting; they sounded so PURE. Listening to them on cd doesnt even come close to the feeling you get when you are there. It was also the first time i had ever seen them in the U.S. All the other times i have seen them up north in Canada. For some reason i thought they would be different..im not sure why. Honestly i dont know what to say...i am not one to be speechless, but i really feel like i am. They were soo unbelievable...they were just so, so... Radiohead.


ADAM HALLOCK:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 09, 2003 07:37:41


My girlfiend and I flew to New Orleans early Thursday morning from Dallas. We arrived to the Arena by shitty, crooked, Nawlins' cab at about 1:15pm. We were dropped off in front of what, at first glance, looked to be a drap, ugly college arena. Upon gaining our bearings and feeling the comfort of knowing food and drink was within walking distance (subway! woooo!), we promptly took our place in the GA balcony line. We sat on the ground all afternoon, and attempted to pass the time by studying, taking bathroom breaks, etc. I walked around the arena a few times, looking for a secret entrance, maybe a glimpse of radiohead, etc. I saw their bus, and stood there looking at it for a few moments, when a very rude security guard barked at me from behind a fence: "You don't belong over here. The lines are on the other side!" I understood, but he still hurt my feelings. This was the typical vibe that we experienced during our stay in new orleans. Both within the city and on the campus, most everyone seemed to be very ignorant and rude, overtaken by the 80,000 dauqueri/pizza establishments (found everywhere!). I found it wierd that the arena staff allowed us to walk freely through the halls around the bathrooms. My girlfriend and I both took turns walking into the arena to use the bathroom, and then simply walked through an open door onto the arena floor. We were able to take some pictures of the soundcheck, etc... she said that she talked with one of the sound guys...neato...As the time went on, more and more straglers began showing up and analyzing the line situation...This is the one and only downer for me on this day: the stupid, idiot children in the front of the balcony line kept allowing people to cut!!!! This is a total display of disrespect towards the people directly behind them in line. We had been waiting there since 1 o'clock...and the amount of people in front of us in line was increasing....by the time it was close to gate opening, we were forced to pretty much 'cut' just to reclaim our position. This sucked....i thought the people in line, especially those that arrived early, would respect the fact that we are there early for a reason --> to get the best possible seat and view. Those retarted little shits --> you know who you are!! yeah...the ones who thought that it would be funny to toilet paper the floor line!! (grow up...we had a better view anyway..) were actually pulling their pants down and sitting on the bushes outside of the arena(for what reason...i don't know)...the one with the abercrombie hair cut and the 'two-headed man' whatever t-shirt....what a bunch of disrespectful losers!! line monopolizers! but...i guess you can't ask for perfect fans....there were a couple of people who i think thought they were at a pat green country bumpkin concert.....shotgunning beers...but no weed in sight....

the concert rocked....the drum break added to the live version of "the gloaming" caused me to ejaculate in my pants....sail to the moon brought tears to my eyes...kid a was very sweet...very groovy,

pefect lights, perfect sound, good setlist

but they didn't play my faves: scatterbrain, in limbo, but everything else was amazing.

saw them in 2001 at liberty state park in nj....this show was definitely more intimate...as drab as the exterior was of uno arena...the inside was pretty darn cozy...we were on the first row of the balcony, which to us was 50 times better than sweating it out, cramped and standing on the floor. for what? a crick in the neck and sore feet from having to tip-toe to see over people with afros? FOREVER



ANNA:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 09, 2003 09:35:28


I drove 12 hours to see Radiohead play, and it was well worth it. The energy of the crown was so intense, and that intensity was only matched by incredible music that was played. I become chilled just thinking about it.


VIV:
Submitted on: OCTOBER 27, 2003 04:44:54


Amazing! Being from Louisiana I was a bit afraid that the crowd would not be enthusiastic enough - man, was I wrong. The most electrifying concert I have ever been to and at least 50% of this was the crowd. They stood up at The Gloaming and didn't sit down until they realized Radiohead wasn't coming back for a 3rd encore. This band is incredible - I am amazed at how they took 2 albums (Kid A and Amnesiac) that sound as if they would be impossible to perform live and they made them such strong live numbers. I had goosebumps the whole time. It really was indescribable - just sheer joy and wish fulfillment for 2 hours!


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