radiohead tour archive: the gigography

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January 1998
13
Izumicity Sendai Japan
14
Faze Nigata Japan
15
Matumoto-Shi Syakai Bunkakaikan Nagano Japan
17
Akasaka Blitz Tokyo Japan
18
Kokusai Forum Tokyo Japan
19
Diamond Hall Nagoya Japan
21
Clossing Fukuoka Japan
22
Kousei Nenkin Kaikan Osaka Japan
23
Akasaka Blitz Tokyo Japan
24
Akasaka Blitz Tokyo Japan
28
New Zealand Expo Centre Auckland New Zealand
29
Queens Wharfs Events Centre Wellington New Zealand
February 1998

01-02-1998    Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
setlist: fitter happier
lucky
talk show host
karma police
my iron lung
planet telex
exit music
creep
pearly
let down
paranoid android
bulletproof
climbing up the walls
airbag
no surprises
bones
just
fake plastic trees
thinking about you
the bends
subterranean homesick alien
street spirit

02-02-1998    Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
setlist: fitter happier
airbag
talk show host
planet telex
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
nice dream
paranoid android
bones
the bends
banana co
climbing up the walls
fake plastic trees
no surprises
just
lucky
motion picture soundtrack
let down
lurgee
street spirit
pearly
the tourist

04-02-1998    Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
setlist: airbag
talk show host
planet telex
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
bishop's robes
paranoid android
creep

subterranean homesick alien
the bends
climbing up the walls
fake plastic trees
no surprises
bones
just
lucky
let down
nice dream
street spirit
you
the tourist

06-02-1998    Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
setlist: lucky
talk show host
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
planet telex
bishop's robes
paranoid android
the bends
lurgee
climbing up the walls
airbag
no surprises
bones
just
fake plastic trees
let down
creep
street spirit
nice dream
creep
the tourist

08-02-1998    Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia
setlist: fitter happier
airbag
karma police
talk show host
exit music
my iron lung
paranoid android
the bends
high & dry
banana co.
climbing up the walls
planet telex
creep(partly)
fake plastic trees
no surprises
just
lucky
bullet proof
pearly
subterranean homesick alien
street spirit notes: Thom, much to the surprise of not only the audience but the rest of the band, stopped Creep after the first chorus by simply not singing and grabbing his acoustic guitar. He then started Fake Plastic Trees with no explanation. This was a shame as it was sounding magnificent [thanks Tim Phillips].

10-02-1998    Entertainment Centre, Perth, Australia
setlist: fitter happier
airbag
talk show host
planet telex
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
banana co
lucky
paranoid android
the bends
bulletproof
you
subterranean homesick alien
no surprises
bones
just
fake plastic trees
killer cars
climbing up the walls
polyethylene
street spirit
let down
creep
the tourist [thanks Michael Haydock]

March 1998
28-03-1998: Aerial Theater at Bayou Place, Houston, USA [with Spiritualized]
setlist: airbag
talk show host
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
planet telex
subterranean homesick alien
lucky
no surprises
just
climbing up the walls
fake plastic trees
pearly
lurgee
bones
paranoid android
nice dream
banana co
street spirit
the bends
the tourist

29-03-1998: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, USA [with Spiritualized]
setlist: airbag
talk show host
karma police
exit music
my iron lung
planet telex
bulletproof
nice dream
just
paranoid android
climbing up the walls
electioneering
no surprises
fake plastic trees
the bends
lucky
nude
you
bones
street spirit
April 1998

01-04-1998: Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
exit music
airbag
talk show host
karma police
my iron lung
the bends
bulletproof
lurgee
bones
just
climbing up the walls
pearly
no surprises
fake plastic trees
paranoid android
lucky
planet telex
how to disappear completely and never be found
street spirit
let down
the tourist

02-04-1998: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
talk show host
planet telex
karma police
exit music
just
banana co.
lucky
paranoid android
the bends
nice dream
the trickster
climbing up the walls
no surprises
fake plastic trees
bones
my iron lung
nude
let down
street spirit
lurgee

04-04-1998: Salem Armory Auditorium, Salem, Oregon, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
talk show host
planet telex
karma police
exit music
just
banana co.
lucky
paranoid android
the bends
bulletproof
the trickster
climbing up the walls
no surprises
fake plastic trees
bones
my iron lung
let down
pearly
street spirit notes: the tourist was on the setlist, but the band didn't play the second encore. Halfway through "lucky" Thom just stopped the song and had some guy in the audience kicked of the venue for hurting other audience members.  After he was gone they band started right exactly where they left off. (thanks Peter) Thom said "Kick that guy out, yeah you.  This guy has been hurting people the whole show, hey, tell you what, if you want to hurt people come up here and hurt us and we'll show you how it feels." (thanks Siulcisum) in the middle of the concert, thom said, "this is a song called creep" and the whole crowd went wild and cheered like mad.  then, he said, "oh, no, not going to play it" and moved into another song [forgot which one, Peter Dundon].

05-04-1998: Paramount Theater, Seattle, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
talk show host
planet telex
subterannean homesick alien
karma police
exit music
just
banana co.
lucky
climbing up the walls
paranoid android ("This song is definitely for Bill Gates")
the bends
no surprises
fake plastic trees
bones
my iron lung
lurgee
you
street spirit
pearly
the tourist notes:  Jonny accidentally played the opening lick of you, when lurgee was on the list.  This was after Thom announced that the song would be from their first album.  After the lick, Thom said, "wrong song mate." 'you' was played after 'lurgee' though...

06-04-1998: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
subterranean homesick alien
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
bullet proof
no surprises
lurgee
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
talk show host
fake plastic trees
let down
the tourist ("This is a song for all the people out there, who take the pictures, buy the merchandise, and read the books, but don't know what the fuck is going on.") [thanks Alex]

picture rodney gitzel (drop-d magazine)review by denise sheppard (jam! music):
Photos in the following review are all by Rodney Gitzel, from Drop-D Magazine.
It was the show that almost didn't happen. The full-to-bursting Coliseum (having sold out in 20 minutes flat) was filled with thousands of enthusiastic fans all eager to get closer to their heroes of Radiohead.  When the cause celebre took the stage, thousands of floor-level youth surged forward to get closer to the group's enigmatic frontman, Thom Yorke. Barely a minute into the show's opening number, "Airbag", Yorke stormed away from the microphone and began waving his arms wildly, yelling towards guitarist Ed O'Brien. (Pictured on the right by Rodney Gitzel, from Drop-D Magazine)picture rodney gitzel (drop-d magazine) The band stopped the music in mid-chorus and waited, confused, until the guitarist spoke Yorke's wishes to the crowd. "There are a lot of people getting squashed," he said, obviously exasperated "...so if you want us to fucking go off we will. Please don't. We really, really want to play to you." Surprisingly, the audience listened and obliged. Yorke put back on his guitar and started the whole show over from chord one. The five-piece plowed through a second version of "Airbag" while the frontman kept one eye most specifically on the crowd.
picture rodney gitzel (drop-d magazine)Guitar legend Jonny Greenwood (Pictured on the left by Rodney Gitzel, from Drop-D Magazine) was set up stage right as usual, surrounded by effects pedals and endless amounts of gear; the one difference in the traditional Radiohead setup was a Rhodes piano and small keyboard just next to the drum kit; one which Jonny took his place behind during the group's second number, "Karma Police" and later traded off with other band members throughout the night.  "'Karma"'s performance was well-recieved but the show's opening glitch stuck with the group right through until their third number, "The Bends"; Yorke spoke no words but sang volumes as his emotional alto rang through the cement venue.
The Coliseum's normally flattened sound was nearly flawless, a testament to a group who quite obviously spent time and money choosing equipment capable of capturing their every nuance.
With desperate vocals pouring out of Yorke's tiny, twitching body, "The Bends" was a highlight not only for the fans but also the band who seemed finally completely present during the song's performance.
Similar feelings echoed in the delivery of "Just" and "Iron Lung" where the band surged full force until Yorke stood on the lip of the stage, leaning forward to give a crowd surfer a closer look at his middle finger.
Contrary to all other shows on the West Coast leg of this tour, Radiohead performed few new numbers; a short, moody instrumental piece ("Meeting In the Aisle") accompanied the band as they walked onstage.
 It was a full 11 songs into the set until Yorke -- who had barely spoken a word all night -- finally mumbled "I play this song in C major" and subsequently did exactly that, playing "Lurgee" from "Pablo Honey", holding onto a single chord while the band offered up complex performances around him.
 Radiohead's spine-tingling performance of "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" proved to be another highlight, showcasing Yorke's electric alto which hung in the air for what seemed an eternity.
picture rodney gitzel (drop-d magazine)The group recieved a five-minute thunderous ovation, eventually returning for a passionate encore of the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack number, "Talk Show Host", and quite possibly the best, most emotional performance of "Fake Plastic Trees" that the adoring Vancouver audience has ever seen. The night ended with a scant few final words from Yorke. "Thank you very much for coming to see us. Safe journey home."
Like most geniuses, he may not be an easy man to get along with, but Thom Yorke is a gentle man, a thoughtful man and a brilliant musician, indeed. Photos in this Vancouver review are all by Rodney Gitzel, from Drop-D Magazine.

08-04-1998: Max Bell Centre (Max Bell Arena), Calgary, Canada [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
no surprises
street spirit
my iron lung
planet telex
bullet proof
lurgee
the trickster
fake plastic trees
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
polyethylene (part 2)
nice dream
banana co.
lucky

10-04-1998: Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
subterranean homesick alien
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
no surprises
lurgee
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
fake plastic trees
let down
pearly
the tourist notes: During exit music some asshole yelled something really loud, the croud laughed and thom got pissed, when he began the next line, he had more of an attitude, as if he was trying to regain the crowds attention. They stopped my iron lung when the singing comes in because Jonny had to retune, then they started over. While Thom walked backwards during pearly he stepped on his cord and it came out, he was banging on it trying to figure out what was wrong then realized the cord come out, but took another guitar anyway. Thom dedicated paranoid android to Bill Gates "The Most Paranoid man in the Universe".

12-04-1998: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
subterranean homesick alien
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
no surprises
lurgee
the trickster
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
how to disappear completely and never be found
fake plastic trees
pearly
the tourist
notes: the trickster was played again: "we get a lot of requests for this....but it's a real bastard to play".a bastard to play". About a minute into talk show host at the line 'floating upon the...', Thom fluffs the words up, and sits down at the front of the stage, while the band continue to play. They then restarted the song, and back at the same line again, Thom stops, hits the microphone stand goes "Shit! Does anyone know the fucking words? I sure as hell can't remember them!" The audience all helped him along, and they got to the end of the song, at which point possibly due to some crowd surfers he picks up his microphone stand, starts waving it at the crowd and ends up trashing it! The reason Thom got pissed and flipped someone off is because some asshole sprayed water all over everyone including Thom and his guitar.  Thom echoed the thoughts of many people with his nearly ten second middle finger thrust (as he and the band continued the song)The rest of the gig went really well, plus a performance of how to disappear... and someone lighting a firework sparkler during fake plastic trees and the guard took it and thom gave the person the finger and mouthed fuck you. Second encore listed as bulletproof and let down, but was not played. paranoid android: "this song is currently being dedicated every night to bill gates, the most paranoid man in the universe"[thanks Daniel, distance, Michelle, StuPiD, Steve and Max]

Review by Jane Stevenson (Toronto Sun): Thom Yorke must be taking rock star lessons.  
What else could explain the normally stage-wary lead singer-guitarist of Radiohead pumping his fist and leading a clap-along during last night's sold-out show at Maple Leaf Gardens?
Previously Yorke -- he of the gorgeous choirboy voice -- has delivered the British band's expansive, melodic music with a furious shake of his head and the occasional shy smile. While both of those moves were in abundance at last night's performance, which sold out in a mere 90 minutes, Yorke came further out of his tiny shell. His antics even led to a mosh pit, for God's sake -- albeit 45 minutes into the concert -- during a strobe-light enhanced rendition of Planet Telex from the group's 1995 album The Bends.
Normally a Radiohead show -- this is their third Toronto appearance since last June, when they released their critically-acclaimed album OK Computer -- involves the five man-group from Oxford, England, playing and the rest of us staring as if in a hypnotic trance.
This time, however, there was a slick lighting show and the aforementioned stages moves from Yorke accompanying Radiohead's mood-enhancing, melancholy music.
The set list was equal parts the expansive, progressive OK Computer and Radiohead's earlier, more accessible The Bends.
Song highlights included Karma Police -- the audience screamed during the chorus -- the rocking title track from The Bends, the equally intense Just, the dreamy Subterranean Homesick Alien -- on which Yorke played keyboards -- the fist-pumping Lucky and the clap-happy Iron Lung.
Co-anchoring the group -- just named among SPIN's "40 most vital artists in music today" (second only to Beck) -- was long and lean keyboardist-lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who bent over his instruments at what appeared to be painful angles.
 
 

13-04-1998: Molson Centre, Montreal, Canada [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
nice dream
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
no surprises
lurgee
pearly
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
big ideas (don't get any)
let down
fake plastic trees
the tourist (about "being fucked for the first time in life") notes: when Thom announced the last song of the show,the crowd started shouting "CREEP!, CREEP!...", to which Thom replied: "Fuck you, we're not playing it...it's a boring song, we're bored with it" [thanks Daniel. Andrew & the Broughs]

15-04-1998: Worcester Centrum, Worcester, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
bullet proof
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
no surprises
lurgee
pearly
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
polyethylene
let down
fake plastic trees
the tourist notes: paranoid android was again dedicated to bill gates and thom said "bill has satellites watching and controlling nuclear missles. he'll probably sue me for saying that but . . ." Let down: "This is dedicated to all you people making that clat, clat, clat sound with the seats.  It's a wonderful sound.""' [thanks Dave and Mark]

17-04-1998: Radio City Music Hall  New York City, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
karma police
the bends
exit music
climbing up the walls
just
bullet proof
lucky
my iron lung
planet telex
no surprises
lurgee
pearly
talk show host
bones
paranoid android
street spirit
nude
you
fake plastic trees
the tourist notes: Thom was pretty still and quiet throughout. Announcing talk show host: "This song is about being tired of performing". He dedicated paranoid android to Bill Gates again : "a man who could solve a lot of the worlds problems" and "he's the most paranoid man on the planet". nude [or big ideas (don't get any)] was a "song about believing you're actually wonderful when you know it's not true". [thanks Max]

18-04-1998: Radio City Music Hall  New York City, USA [with: Spiritualized]
setlist: meeting in the aisle
airbag
talk show host
karma police
exit music
planet telex
climbing up the walls
just
bishop's robes
subterranean homesick alien
my iron lung
the trickster
no surprises
the bends
fake plastic trees
bones
paranoid android
lucky
let down
polyethylene
lurgee
street spirit
how to disappear completely and never be found notes:  before the trickster: "You don't know how happy we are. We are so happy, that we are going to play a really obscure song!" No surprises was dedicated to the people in the banking system. Before paranoid android Thom mentioned that they had been "dedicating this song to Bill Gates", but that there were in fact, "plenty of people who like him out there", and that they were all, "paranoid, sad bastards." Thom introduced how to disappear... with "this is a new song...I do this to calm myself"

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June 1998
13 TFC @ RFK Stadium Washington, DC USA
13 9:30 Washington, DC USA
14 TFC @ RFK Stadium Washington, DC USA
15 West Capitol Lawn Washington, DC USA
December 1998
10 Palais Omnisports Paris (Bercy) France