Radiohead Tour Dates and Gigography

Berlin Arena (Velodrom) - Berlin, Germany
November 13, 2003 with Asian Dub Foundation
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Setlist
01. 2+2=5
02. Sit Down, Stand Up
03. Where I End and You Begin
04. Lucky
05. Backdrifts
06. Myxomatosis
07. My Iron Lung
08. Pyramid Song
09. Talk Show Host
10. In Limbo
11. Go to Sleep
12. Dollars and Cents
13. Sail to the Moon
14. The Gloaming
15. There There
16. Paranoid Android
17. Idioteque

Encore 1:
18. You and Whose Army?
19. The National Anthem
20. No Surprises
21. How to Disappear Completely

Encore 2:
--. Airbag (*)
22. A Wolf at the Door
23. Everything in its Right Place

(*) they only got through the very beginning
of the song - while singing 'in a jack
knifed juggernaut', Thom decided that he
didn't want to play it
Show Notes
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Reviews
There are 5 reviews for this show.

ELI:
Submitted on: NOVEMBER 14, 2003 01:34:33


Well, I guess I have the honour of being the first one to review this awe inspiring show. I still have tears in my eyes just thinking about last night. They are my favourite band ever, when Thom sings its like my soul is totally exposed..and its even scary how much power and influence their music has on me. I might sound like an obsessive freak, but Im sure radiohead fanatics know what I mean. I saw them in hurricane this year for the first time, and as someone said before, nothing beats the first time. Only because of the sheer shock of actually SEEING these geniuses at work. This time,I could concentrate more on the music and thom, as I could see them perfectly, and it was beautiful. Thom just lives in his own world when hes on stage, and its quite a site to see. He seems so calm and relaxed, but full of spite and agression to fit his songs, he has so much power and energy in that small body of his. The highlights for me were..wow..too many to name..everything from OK computer as its my fave album of all time and sail to the moon and everything in its right place and sit down stand up..oh see..i cant stop naming them because..it was all so amazing. I almost cried twice, and my hands are still shaking. Radiohead fascinates me. As the lights went out after the awesome second encore..I realized it was over..it just seemed so surreal with its beauty,the music, how the band enjoyed themselves, thoms fragile magical vulnerable indescribable voice..as u guys can see..ive got a whopper of a crush on him. Hehe. He just OWNED the show..oh man..ill stop rambling on. Everytime I have a chance of seeing them, u bet i will. when thom forgot the words to one song, or when he decided not to sing Airbag cause he didnt like it, it just made it all soo much cooler somehow, I really cant explain it. The only downside of the concert were these two drunks next to me who kept on asking me stupid questions like wheres the song from and how old I was...PATHETIC..i felt embarrased for them, and they made me miss two songs...but while id normally be pissed at that, on a radiohead concert;anything goes and ill still be ecstatic. There really is no other band that moves me like they do..and I love them with all my heart because of it.


MICHAEL:
Submitted on: NOVEMBER 15, 2003 01:51:10


This wont be a song by song review, I cant even come up with a complete setlist, its just not possible to remember 20+ songs in the correct order. But anyway, Thursday night at the Arena in Berlin, a nearly packed house, Asian Dub Foundation was a nice opening act (would love to see them solo, in a small club) and at around nine, Radiohead took the stage. As apparently quite often on this tour they started it of with 2+2=5, which just rocked the house. After a few more songs from Hail to the Thief, they performed stuff from Kid A and Amnesiac, also a few OK Computer songs. The sound was brilliant, quite amazing for such a huge arena. For me it was the first time seeing Radiohead live and I really was amazed how great a live band they are. Not just a great band, which creates great songs in the studio, but a band that is able to perform their complex songs to perfection on stage. The lightshow they used fit perfectly, not too much, but just right to support the varying moods the songs go through. Thom Yorke, as usually I guess, jumped around like crazy, quite a sight. And even though I would have preferred to see some of the stuff, especially the ones in which they use electronic sounds in a non- rhythmical way, in a smaller, more intimate venue, for the most part it was a fantastic concert. Just hearing favorites like Paranoid Android or National Anthem with such a full, rich sound is an experience. Surprisingly they performed Talk Show Host, which was very nice, just like Sit down, stand up and There There. And for the encore, actually the second encore, they made me absolutely happy, by performing one of my favorites. They went into something that would have been Airbag (which would have been great too), but after a few seconds Yorke stopped the band and said This is the wrong song And than they performed, for one of the few times on this tour, as far as the posted setlists go, Wolf at the door, and I couldnt stop grinning. Wonderful way to close the show, considering that Everything in its right Place, seems to have become the standard last song. Yorke on the piano left first, after a few well deserved bows, the rest followed until only Jonny Greenwood was left, crouched over all his electronic gadgets. For a few minutes more, he played with the sound, finally left the stage and the music slowly faded away. Quite a way to end a great evening, I personally cant wait to see them again, hopefully very soon.


ANDREAS:
Submitted on: NOVEMBER 15, 2003 02:26:54


It was a nice show, but the stadium rather reminded me of a consumption temple...

The site filled up late - but the crowd was kinda enthusiastic when finally radiohead entered the stage and began to play 2+2=5. They didn't talk alot, but nobody seemed to care.
To me, one of the highlights
was "The gloaming", when Thom spoke "bush out...", into the microphone, and jonny mixed it in the whole track - great effect. I was very excited when RH played "Dollars & Cents" and "In Limbo", which is a rarity to see on live shows. The silence during "Sail to the moon" was mystic. In the course of "You and whoose army", Thom was fooling around with the audience by roguishly looking into the small pocket camera next to him - he seemed in very good mood this evening...

After starting the second enore with "Airbag" they suddenly stopped after
playing "...in a jack knifed juggernaut" and Thom apologized: "we cannot play this one..."; so they started "Wolf at the door", which was a good alternative.

All in all i enjoyed a nice evening and i regret, not to have tickets for the hamburg show on saturday.


MICHAEL MARRAY:
Submitted on: NOVEMBER 18, 2003 02:59:10


An excellent show, even if the venue was a little strange- the cycle racing track at the Berlin Velodrom had been covered over with black cloth, and formed a no man's land between people standing in the arena, and those seated upstairs.

Thom was in good humour, and it was nice to hear some older songs like My Iron Lung, Talk Show Host and Paranoid Android as well as the new Hail To The Thief stuff.

Thom injected some politics into the evening by chanting "Bush Out" several times before playing The Gloaming- a sentiment which seemed to down well with the Berlin audience.

The second set of encores began with Airbag, but about thirty second into the song Thom suddenly signalled to the other band members to break it off, and played A Wolf at the Door instead- which was shouted as a request from the audience. The next song was Everything In It's Right Place, and then it was all over....


BENJAMIN KNIGHT:
Submitted on: NOVEMBER 30, 2003 03:32:11


It was disappointing to find out that Thom Yorke was a human being after all, because for three albums now Radiohead have been skirting divinity. This magnificent music has been reaching for a Shakespearean unity of popularity and deep truth. Radiohead are our Beatles, becoming objective in their greatness, overarching uncertainties with their virtuosity, with the purity of their balance between tearing emotion and control, with the completeness of their artistic self-confidence, with the perfection with which they channel their creative currents. It is the matching of the strength of their discipline with the force of their passion that makes them superhuman. In their artistic output, there is no trace of the anxiety that makes up the subject of their songs, and no trace of uncertainty about the extent of their power or insecurity about the nature of their power. Radiohead are not a band to crash and burn by their own fire, victims of the dishonest clich of genius. They can cope very well. The mind of Radiohead seems untouchable, all their thoughts seem right, because the processes that create the music touch a reason that is transcendent and self-possessed. This right reason is, above all, above and behind the world and above and behind the music itself. Disliking Radiohead is like disliking Beethoven it doesnt matter what you think, they are great.

So it was disappointing to see them as real people, sympathetic and affable, playing normal guitars, dancing and jumping, grinning genially at their crowd, making unheard jokes to each other, making mistakes. On stage, they behave like a normal rock band, and they do so with a due professionalism; they play their music, they play it with passion and they hope you like it, and they thank you. Even more than these profanities, they are even prosaic enough to offer us theatre. Thoms hair was gelled into a suitable mess, he arrived in a tight white shirt and a tight leather jacket, both done up around his throat, which loosened as the first songs unwound. He obeyed the rituals, and let loose the passions of the mob. He gyrated and scooted across the stage, and, bent low into the faces at the front, he screamed and grimaced and pointed a finger to his head singing I twitch and salivate/ like with myxomatosis/ you should put me in a home/ or you should put me down. At the piano, he was hunched, forehead to the keys, with his face turned to one side in total introspection, but not before he had propped a cuddly toy up on top of the instrument and said, Nobody move or the bear gets it.

But there were still moments when the rituals became Dionysian, moments when that wicked god seemed to have entered the arena and turned mob cheers into the elemental screams of diabolical worshippers. This was the pendulum of Radiohead at full swing: the voice samples that swirled disembodied around your head in Everything In Its Right Place, the raindrops part of Sit Down. Stand Up, the Myxomatosis riff, the opening of There There when both guitarists took up drums to pound out a fast, reverberating rhythm. And then came the central, profound moment, the moment of religious intensity, when banal rock theatricals gave way to total art, to blaspheming fascist spectacle. As some final chords screeched out, Thom stepped to his microphone, he assumed the centre of the arena, and stood thirty seconds, motionless and expressionless, gazing above his audience, who matched his silence with a crescendo of noise. Then he spoke a word: Bush. A seconds breath, and: Out. A solemn moment. Bush. And an equal pause. Out. The phrase was repeated and intoned into a rhythm, and in the moment before 8,000 people joined the chant, he stopped and the computerised bass line of The Gloaming began. The song unfolded its layers, and in the final fade out, Bush Out could be heard, disembodied, above our heads. This is too subtle and too beautiful to be protest music. You know where you are with protest music it is more like what, for example, Asian Dub Foundation make.

Radiohead look freakish: Thom is small and squints enough to shut one eye, Jonny is gaunt and hunched and has an overbite that exposes his teeth, Colins head is too big, Ed is a giant, and Philip is clean bald and overweight. This grotesqueness is integral, for Radiohead are magnificent because they are daemonic.


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