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02-06-01

Rock im Park Festival, Nürnberg, Germany


01. national anthem
02. morning bell
03. lucky
04. talk show host
05. in limbo
06. my iron lung
07. packt like sardines in a crushd tin box
08. exit music (for a film)
09. no surprises
10. dollars and cents
11. airbag
12. you and whose army
13. karma police
14. i might be wrong
15. pyramid song
16. paranoid android
17. idioteque
18. everything in it's right place
--1st encore--
19. street spirit
20. just
21. the bends
22. how to disappear
23. climbing up the walls


airbag was dedicated to the Manic Street Preachers. everything in it's right place was introduced with MSP lyrics: if you tolerate this, you're children will be next

by martin tetzlaff

First I was a little bit bored by acts like K´s choice, Outcast and Alanis
Morrisette....the Manic Street Preachers were the first band with the label
"ROCK"! They were brilliant.
There were not so many people in the stadium because it rained like hell.
Radiohead were in a good mood. They didn´t play wrong notes(and if so...not
so many as the day before at the Rock am Ring). There were to very big
monitors which were there for the fans of the other acts and bands to show
the people that were not in front of the stage what´s going on on stage.
Radiohead used this monitors to create art on it. Special views what Phil
was doing or Jonny(what is one of the most interesting things one can watch)
There were so many distorted pictures........the played with the band
images. Really nice and I was concentrated on the music instead of watching
the band.
The worst thing of this day was that so many people ran away as Radiohead
began to play. I don´t know what this could mean. But they must be more
interested into Papa Roach and or other new metal crap. I think Radiohead
make music that isn´t understandable for everyone. Many people must have
expected songs were they can shake their bits.
So the crowd wasn´t the best.
The songs:
The National Anthem - a good version but I think it is not the best coice to
start a show. Maybe Idioteque would be better....
Morning Bell - I really like this song - I enjoyed this song already 2 times
last year in Berlin so I expected the Amnesiac version. But Morning bell is
always a good one ......
Lucky - I knew the setlist of the Rock am Ring gig and so I was a little bit
disappointed that they seem to copy that list. Instead of Lucky I wish a
song like Electioneering that kicks the people´s butts. A good old
traditional.
Talk Show Host - the only b-side that night. I really like that version. I
wished this moment that they maybe could play Kinetic or old b-sodes like
Maquiladora or Polyethylene. After that song I understood that Radiohead
didn´t want to rock the people´s asses but to put a contrapoint in contrast
to all the other acts.
In Limbo - This one was one of the best moments of this night. Instead of
the old version where Thom played the tambourine he played guitar with Jonny
and Nigel Godrich appeared like a ghost and played the tambourine in the
background of the stage. He stood there at his place beside Phil and Ed and
as this wonderful song ended he disappeared like a ghost. A really good idea
to take him on stage. It created a special athmosphere.
My Iron Lung - The first song many people seemed to know. Many wannabe´s ran
down the stairs of the grandstand where I saw Radiohead in distance of ca.
75 meters. Very rocky and it should never miss at a show.
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box - I just knew the Amnesiac
version.....and this one is definitly a version to put on a single as a
b-side. I like this bass sound by Colin which reminds me of the bass sound
of Exit music. I think it sounded better than the Amnesiac version.
Exit Music - I will never understand why this calm and fragile song works
live. So many people shut up and listened to Thom.
No Surprises - routine.
Dollars & Cents - I missed the backing vocals of Ed. On the record one can
hear so many voices of Thom which Ed could sing. So why don´t they do it
live?
Airbag - Another song people really know.....especially those who bought Ok
computer and listen to the singles, Exit music and the opener......I waited
for Jonny making such noisy sound like on the MPIE version. But it is one
of my all times Radiohead best of´s.
You And Whose Army? - gear exchange....Why do Thom and Jonny exchanged their
gear??? Thom was holding his hands around the micro to create such a sound
like his voice has on Amnesiac....hmmm.....maybe this is the reason for the
exchange.........
Karma Police - the "Creep II".....people who were near to fall asleep ran
down the grandstand again and jumping around.....I like this song, but
Radiohead have to take care that people reduce them on this song. So I was a
little bit disappointed of the people....all these wannabe´s......why don´t
they celebrate all the songs???
I Might Be Wrong - really rocky.....one of the highlights. Jonny at his best
and the proof that Radiohead are one of the best live bands in the world.
Not so clinical like this music robots Limp Bizkit or Bon Jovi. This one was
really good. Finally a new song to play.
Pyramid Song - All the day along they showed the Pyramid song video for
advertising the new album on the monitors. Maybe 10 times. Everytime between
all the gigs. It was really strange. I really like Colins bass.
Paranoid Android - maybe "Creep III"......really good.
Idioteque - This was definitly the highlight of the show. I was exstatic
during the song. People beside me must thought I was going crazy because I
screamed the lyrics so loud. This song was too good and now I know why Thom
is convinced that you don´t need guitars to rock.
Everything In Its Right Place - Here Thom always sings something Jonny can
record. This time Thom murmured something about James Dean Bradfield of the
Manic Street Preachers. Then he started to play the chorus "If you tolerate
thing your children will be next" of the Manic Street Preachers. It was
unbelievable for me. Thom sang one a song of one of my all time faves.
YEAH!!! For those who don´t know this song. It is a very sweet melody with
very dark lyrics. So it was a sweet introduction and then this dark and
bombastic song. Thom forgot the right lyrics a lot of times so they had to
play a very different version of this song. On the monitor I could see Ed
sitting on the ground and playing with his effect pedals. I couldn´t hear
what the sounds were.
Encore:
Street Spirit - I am not a fan of this song. Really. But the people were
happy and I think I should give this song many chances.....hehe....
Just - First time I saw this song Thom playíng his guitar part with an
acoustic guitar.
The Bends - Finally this song. They didn´t play it last year in Berlin. It
is rocky , hot , and one of the best Radiohead song ever.
How To Disappear Completely - I was convinced that this wasn´t the last song
because the curfew was at 11 pm and the song started at 11:45 pm. I watched
at my clock and was mind off. But I celebrate this one. Promised!
Encore 2:
Climbing Up The Walls - Before Radiohead came back to play this wonderful
song me and many people at the grandstand sreamed for the next encore. We
screamed our lungs out and when some of us were close to give up because
they still were not on stage I screamed much louder. Then Jonny(and his
white Honda shirt) came and I knew the party goes on.

It was really nice to hear them. I had to console my friend Luisa(oxygen)
because as she stand in the first row in front of the stage some girls
screamed for Creep and she didn´t understood how they could scream this.
So I had to say her that this isn´t a reason to cry. She said that Thom and
all the fuys must be angry. And I said that it is not the amargeddon. It is
just a good band and this is no reason to cry.....but she still cried and
said "but this is Radiohead".......

martin tetzlaff



by Jacob Unwin

Well after having been down the front of the stadium for six-and-a-half hours in the rain Radiohead had to be good. They were of course. I hadn't been following all the other shows so I didn't have a clue what the setlist would be like. Before they came onstage there was 30's or 40's music playing from the loudspeakers for about 10 minutes. Then they came and played National Anthem, which rocked like crazy. It was amazing. Without the horns of course, but it still soudning brilliant. There was a rather large monitor either side of the stage which was used for showing people far back what was going on on the stage. For other bands. Not for Radiohead. Radiohead used them for showing blurry greeny, sometimes dark brown video feeds to create a really nice effect. There didn't seem to be that many Radiohead fans, although after reading the review about the Rock am Ring show, Rock im Park definitely had more. I was pleased to see Thom had his Apple-stickered guitar with him. He now has two actually. Up until now I've hated Morning Bell but after the show it's become one of my favourites on Kid A. I was really pleased to hear Lucky, that's got to be my all time favourite Radiohead track. They didn't spare any of the energy of the recorded version. It was heavenly. My Iron Lung was the first chance the "rock" audience got to jump up and down a bit. The light show during the sudden chord change in the song was brilliant, suddenly changing from moody red to flashing white. All in all the light show was fantsatic. I've never seen anything like it. Thom made a funny remark before the next song: "This one is for all of you sleeping in the tents out there tonight. This is packt like sardines in a crushd tin box." :-) It sounded very different to the recorded version, starting with the bass all fuzzy instead of the electro intro. And on to the first real highlight of the show. The beginning of Exit Music with just Thom playing guitar to a completely silent stadium. It was a magical feeling as if suddenly everyone in the whole stadium was a Radiohead die-hard. And then Jonny gets a xylophone onstage and it's time for No Surprises, which really pleased me. And then Dollars and cents, which was great too. Then before Airbag Thom says: "This one's for the Manics". I hadn't heard any of the Amnesiac tracks before and was really impressed with what I was about to hear: You and whose army? Then the first real sing-a-long, Karma Police, which got the best applause of the evening. After that I thought there'd be maybe another 3 or 4 songs, but not another 10! Limp Bizkit, who headlined the night before played 75 minutes, (no I didn't see them) so I was a bit worried Radiohead might be restricted by the time. If you've heard the mp3's of the Rock im Park show (www.air-radiohead.com/mp3_live.htm) you'll probably be wondering why the crowd goes "wooooOOOOOOHH" every now and again. That was Thom quickly turning his head to stare at the front rows. It worked really well and the crowd enjoyed doing it. I can't really remember much about I Might Be Wrong, apart from thinking it had a rocking beat. Throughout the day they were showing the video to Pyramid Song on the two monitors either side of the main stage about 10 times at least, so people knew that straight away when Thom played the opening chords on an upright piano. Just when I was thinking it couldn't get any better Thom says he knows we've had a shit day with the rain and thanked us all for staying out to watch them and that the next song was Paranoid Android. Blinding performance followed by an even better one of Idioteque with Thom holding the microphone stand downwards to the front rows during the middle bit as if he wanted to poke us with it, getting some great crowd noise. He also does some mad-fer-it dancing punching the air with his fist. Then he sits down behind the organ that he used for Morning Bell and starts singing If You Tolerate This by the Manics while Jonny fiddles around with his effects to weird up Thom's voice. They then launch right into a seven minute version of Everything In Its Right Place with Jonny going crazy on his effects. Seriously funky. Then after they left I thought, wow, that was brilliant. An encore would be cool though. And what happens, they come back, only to play Street Spirit, my second fave Radiohead song. Just beautiful. Then Thom says "Ready" and launches right into Just (!!!) the song with the best guitar solo ever, if not the weirdest. That really made my day, because I had heard they weren't playing that anymore. I was amazed that NOONE was shouting for Creep. Then there was a long bit with a high-pitched noise coming from one of Jonny's effects pedals and then the light guitar, the strings, it could only be How to Disappear Completely. Then they did. Or so I thought. No, they actually came back for ANOTHER encore. Clmbing up the Walls. After that concert I was awestruck, I couldn't believe that a modern day rock band could be bothered to bring so many instruments on stage, play for so long, play songs with completely different moods back to back and to make an amazing rock show out of it. 10/10 No contest.

by Graham Kelly

basically i can´t really add that much to the review of yesterday´s gig by stephan. the only real separate point i can make is that the weather was appalling and despite this a crowd of around 20 000 remained in the stadium. the entire weekend was really dominated by heavier metal bands, particularly popular were limp bizkit and slipknot, if i am to judge by the t-shirts and caps most of the crowd were wearing. i think therefore it´s fair to say that radiohead were playing in front of an awkward audience. there was no real booing etc, but the crowd never really seemed comfortable with the band, especially the new songs.this was mainly weather orientated i believe as the core 15 000 in the centre stuck out the entire set and called for the encores. thom introduced airbag as ´one for the manics´and then used french, german, italian and english ways to thankyou. he even made a special point of saying how they knew it had been a shit day and sounded really quite grateful that so many remained throughout. all in all an enjoyable gig, the songs were played well and the radiohead fans definitely got what they could of asked for from the band live and more (as usual it seems), but it was not by any stretch of the imagination a fantastic gig. quite simply because so many people there came for a completely different style of music plus were soaking wet and cold so the stadium just never really had the atmosphere i´ve experienced with the band live before. peter waller