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Radiohead live in Santa Barbara – Live Report

After last night’s show in San Jose (which many fans consider the best set of tour so far), Radiohead are right back at it tonight at the Santa Barbara Bowl. By the looks of things the band will be on about an hour earlier tonight at 7:30 to accommodate the venue’s curfew.

We’ll be live updating this post as the setlist comes in or you can follow the @Radioheadlive twitter account. The band has soundchecked Planet Telex, Identikit, Twisted Words, Supercollider, Myxomatosis, Codex, and The Gloaming.

Setlist
01 Bloom
02 15 Step
03 Morning Mr Magpie
04 Staircase
05 Codex
06 The Daily Mail
07 Myxomatosis
08 The Gloaming
09 These Are My Twisted Words
10 Pyramid Song
11 Supercollider
12 Lotus Flower
13 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
14 Feral
15 Little By Little
16 Idioteque
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17 Separator (with false start)
18 Nude
19 Identikit
20 Planet Telex
———
21 Give Up The Ghost
22 Reckoner
23 Paranoid Android

And that’s it for tonight. Supercollider gets its second airing of the year as does Planet Telex. Big one up next – Coachella on Saturday night.



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51 Comments

  • I can’t wait for this show.

  • the venue has a curfew? what a loser

  • I’m here and excited!!

  • Vercetti, it has a curfew because it’s surrounded by houses.

    • lol i was just joking making the venue like the one kid in the group who has a curfew and gets abused

    • Ah. I gotcha.

  • stream please !

  • this taper deserves a medal

  • This is the best stream this tour by far!

  • Listening to the stream tonight … Jeeez they sounds really on the ball since they came back from their one month or so break … lots of the KOL stuff sound a hell of a lot less sloppy and even the old songs sounded great.

  • dallas had the best set list so far… + the red pants!

  • Live streaming? You’re my heroes. Have a friend from here in Toronto who joined our fellow RH nutbars in California for the Santa Barbara show tonight, just as we did a few years ago. Couldn’t make this tour, but thanks to you, I still got to share in it. Thank you!

  • This got to be the worst setlist ever. C’mon, we all like the new struff, but this time they went to far. Only one song from each: OK Computer. The Bends, Amnesiac and Kid A? This is not fair for us long time fans.

    • One of the best setlists yesterday followed by one of the weakest today. As you said, they should try and play a minimum 2 songs per album. It’s really like a kick in the face of fans everywhere.

  • Radiohead, please, play San Diego!

  • A reminder…

  • Wow! I went to San Jose last night, but live in LA. I picked the right show this time. No Karma Police, no There There, no Everything in it’s Right Place, and no older B-sides? I like this setlist, but I loved the setlist from last night. San Jose had the right mix of songs that spanned most of their career.

  • Yeah, this setlist was completely weak. My ninth time seeing them and this show was kind of disappointing. In light of it being cold and completely rainy I’m surprised we weren’t treated to something more. However, because it was so cold I kept wondering if Thom was favoring songs that didn’t require him to play guitar bc i imagine its hard to play with frozen fingers. That would explain no Karma Police, There There, etc.

  • Not that bad of a setlist. While it has its issues, that rendition of Supercollider was excellent, sounded better than the single. And Twisted Words? That was great. Those are two of the ones I want to see the most at either Ohio show! Granted, my last two shows (Dallas and Broomfield) had a good helping of old songs, so I imagine my old song appetite is properly more sated than most. Oh, also Planet Telex!?! I want that sooooo bad! It sounded so great tonight too!

    And this streamer deserves more than a medal, he needs a parade or something. I didn’t think we’d ever get a stream of that high quality, I really want to know what he used to stream this. I imagine some smartphone… but what smartphone has a mic THAT good?

    • I think it was me that was posted here for the stream. I used an iPhone 4S. I’m so glad I could stream for fans that missed the opportunity of going in person. I loved the venue. So intimate.

  • Definitely not a set for the casual fan, but I was very happy to be able to hear some of the newer songs I hadn’t yet (Codex, Staircase, Supercollider, Separator, and especially These Are My Twisted Words, which I was wanting to hear more than anything). I feel for the fans who wanted to hear some oldies, but I also commend the band for playing the songs they are more into now. As Thom said, it’s a small venue and one of the few times they feel they can get away with playing some of the more intimate songs and the stuff they’re in the mood for. Plus, people still got Paranoid Android, which the last two shows hadn’t. And Planet Telex was amazing with completely mesmerizing lights. Also, Weird Fishes in the rain was simply wonderful. In time, we will look back at this set fondly for how unique it will seem…

  • You guys are cracked in the head, seen RH four times since Hail tour and this setlist looks fucking epic

  • for everyone who complains about the setlist…it’s not 1995, 97 or 2001. they don’t take requests. they play what they want and make the album that they want. you can either go along for the ride or not. i saw the atlanta show and it was amazing. everyone has their dream set list, sure…but it’s not a greatest hits reunion tour. it’s a tour supporting an album…that album is going to dominate the set list. not just for radiohead but for most bands. if you can’t get into kol or in rainbows…then you’re not a long time continual fan, you just like the older stuff. which is fine, but they’ve moved on. for me though, i would’ve been thrilled to hear planet telex. one great song off of that album would be enough. we got street spirit in atlanta, which i love.

    • Agreed. And “kick in the face to fans everywhere?” it’s more like a kick in the face to casual fans. die-hard fans are the only ones that know tracks like supercollider, daily mail, twisted words, etc. santa barbara got a rarities set. i admit i’d be a little surprised, but if you’ve ever seen the band play before you’ve almost certainly seen them play the hits. this is something new.

    • First of all I don’t think a band should “kick in the face” any person who buys their records or tickets to their shows. Once said that, one should not say things from ignorance. Sure we all can make statements of what we like or what we don’t (freewill is inherent to all human beings), but to make assertions based on suppositions just breeds intolerance. I find the distintion between hardcore and casual fans fair. I happen to be in the latter.

      Since The Bends ( I must confess Pablo Honey never got me) I’ve been avid for all Radiohead material, got all the singles, special edition albums, gone to many shows (including two almost private at the Hammersmith in London), and I know all the songs, demos, b-sides and rareties concerning Radiohead.

      As you can clearly deduce, the loyalty or harcorness towards a band has no mandatory direct relation with the likeness of any given era of their music. I I’d kill to hear songs from The Bends, Ok Computer or Kid A, but that doesn’t exclude me from loving the new material.

      So I can firmly say again: “Only one song from each: OK Computer. The Bends, Amnesiac and Kid A? This is not fair for us long time fans”. I completely agree with “gravvves”, and I’m actually going to two shows, hope to be lucky.

      PS. Please pardon my english, obviously it is not my first language

    • Get out of your mom’s basement and go do something Troll-y, i mean Tony.

    • totally agree, if they are not a real fan, please take your ipod play disco songs and walk away and post good comments only.

    • First of all I don’t think a band should “kick in the face” any person who buys their records or tickets to their shows. Once said that, one should not say things from ignorance. Sure we all can make statements of what we like or what we don’t (freewill is inherent to all human beings), but to make assertions based on suppositions just breeds intolerance. I find the distintion between hardcore and casual fans fair. I happen to be in the latter.

      Since The Bends ( I must confess Pablo Honey never got me) I’ve been avid for all Radiohead material, got all the singles, special edition albums, gone to many shows (including two almost private at the Hammersmith in London), and I know all the songs, demos, b-sides and rareties concerning Radiohead.

      As you can clearly deduce, the loyalty or harcorness towards a band has no mandatory direct relation with the likeness of any given era of their music. I I’d kill to hear songs from The Bends, Ok Computer or Kid A, but that doesn’t exclude me from loving the new material.

      So I can firmly say again: “Only one song from each: OK Computer. The Bends, Amnesiac and Kid A? This is not fair for us long time fans”. I completely agree with “gravvves”, and I’m actually going to two shows, hope to be lucky.

  • Yes, that was my stream!!!!! I am so glad I could do this for everyone! I love Radiohead.

  • For some earlier videos of the show go to upstream.tv and search for TKOLRadiohead2012 or sjanes

  • Ustream not upstream

  • I really hope they keep the ‘there there’ —-> ‘feral’ —->’idioteque’ combo they were doing before when I get to see them

  • worst…setlist…ever

  • I would be intensely dissapointed if I paid what they’re charging for tickets this year and came away with this set list. Wow, that’s awful.

  • Funny, I went to both San Jose and Santa Barbara and thought that Santa Barbara was a better show. Here are the songs specific to either show:

    SAN JOSE:
    Kid A
    National Anthem
    Amazing Sounds of Orgy
    Climbing Up The Walls
    Karma Police
    There There
    I Might Be Wrong
    Everything In Its Right Place

    SANTA BARBARA:
    Codex
    These Are My Twisted Words
    Pyramid Song
    Arpeggi
    Supercollider
    Nude
    Give Up The Ghost
    Paranoid Android

    • exactly. i’d want to hear both of those setlists, which kind of proves that you have to try to catch 2 shows on this tour if you want to get everything you want. this band’s catalog is what… 20 years deep at this point? that should be expected if their shows are going to have any variety at all.

    • Fair point. I anticipated that there would be enough variation between the two different shows to justify going to both of them (I got a lot of grief from co-workers for doing so, BTW).

  • Did anyone else notice that Jonny was more messed up than usual for most of the show? Colin had to play over by him and count out, and when Jonny was near Nigel, Nigel was telling him what to play. He seemed lost and hid in the back a couple times. That said, it was still a kick ass show.

  • I also agree worst setlist ever and Im a die hard fan. But its cool I love RH so they can do no wrong by me. . .

  • this was my least favorite radiohead gig i have ever been to. makes me sad.

    • my sentiments exactly. i can’t even count how many times i’ve seen them and this show paled in comparison to all of the others.

  • I was there. This was a very special concert – It rained all night and band really seemed to leave it all out on the stage by the time they were done. Pure joy.

  • I have seen several references to how people would not necessarily like this concert if this was their first Radiohead show. Well, it was my first Radiohead show, and I was there. To be honest, I totally agree with Mark Griffith.

    The nice thing about Radiohead is that they are constantly thinking, evolving, and changing their music. They don’t rest on their laurels. Over the years, Radiohead has changed quite a bit, and their current incarnation is much different than OK Computer Radiohead. Tonight’s show was the current version of Radiohead playing the songs that the like the most and that fit the best with their current image of themselves. We know that Radiohead is not a “play the hits” for the casual fan type. They are true to themselves when it comes to set lists, marketing strategies, touring, and all that.

    If you hated tonight’s setlist, you probably aren’t that happy with the band’s current direction. There’s nothing wrong with that. For me though, I am happy with the band’s direction, and as such, I liked the setlist a good deal too. I looked at the comparison between the San Jose and Santa Barbara set lists, and believe it or not, I preferred the Santa Barbara one.

    More than anything, Radiohead is a group of true artists (unlike many other bands). When I see artists perform, I want to see them perform “their” art, not the version of the art that the mainstream audience wants to see from yesteryear. The cool thing about the Santa Barbara show is that Radiohead apparently felt comfortable enough in the small venue to stay away from the hits a little bit and bust out the songs that they felt most represent the current version of the band.

    It’s hard to be disappointed with that.

    • A absolutely agree with you. Your comment is racional and respectful. About your point “If you hated tonight’s setlist, you probably aren’t that happy with the band’s current direction. There’s nothing wrong with that” I think it is just the same in all artistic manifestations. I could think of Pablo Picasso’s paintings. A true artist who revolutionized himself constantly. You can like a given period of his work more than another, but true art and genius are inherent to all of his catalogue. It’s up to the observer decide between the best-worst spectrum without resting quality or merits to the artist or to the observers attachment to it.

    • I completely agree… this was my first radiohead show and honestly It was perfect.

  • People saying bullshit that this setlist is for hardcore fans are forgetting that we’re all posting on a Radiohead fan page and that we’re all following every gig by the band over here. None of the people commenting in here are ‘casual’ fans so to speak.

  • WAS AT THE SHOW… MUST SAY IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING… I WAS DANCING MY ASS OFF THE ENTIRE TIME!!! sat right behind the pit :)

  • sat isn’t accurate… STOOD

  • if you don’t like the set-list do this go to youtube search Radiohead concerts circa 2001 turn up the volume and have your own concert. If you honestly thought Radiohead would play more songs from their earlier albums, then you haven’t been paying attention to the band. I hope you weren’t at the concert I know so many people from waste that stayed up each hour the night pre-tickets went on sale, and lost out to “casual” fans. Those fans would of loved this set list.

  • I loved the SB gig and while I would have liked a bit more old stuff I don’t expect it. Remember RH is perhaps the only band in the world of this size with such respect from critics and fans, while they push the art of modern music forward.

    Been a fan since I first heard “Thinking About You” on a Q Magazine CD back in beginning and I might be what you call a “casual” fan. I’ve seen them a handful of times, but never on the same tour. I actually think I might try to catch them more than once on the next tour, something I never considered before.

  • someone sold me a fake ticket to the show. still heartbroken. call this idiot jason 917.499.9696

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