- National Anthem
- Morning Bell
- Karma Police
- Exit Music
- Packt Like Sardines
in a Crushd Tin Box
- Permanent Daylight
- No Surprises
- Dollars and Cents
- Fake Plastic Trees
- I Might Be Wrong
- Pyramid Song
- Paranoid Android
- Everything In Its
- Street Spirit
- You And Whose Army?
- How To Disappear
- Talk Show Host
- My Iron Lung
thanks to Andrew Walker for the setlist.
"Packt" as "a song about a car crash" and "Airbag" as "a Christmas song
about a car crash." And when Thom hit the floor for ""Android," it looked
like he tripped over the monitor into a somersalt. After the song was
over, he quipped that he was sporting "the classic rock moves." [thanks
thom was infront of the front speakers during the song he attempted
to walk back to the mic but when he did this he failed to look behind
himself and... plunged to the ground falling harder than a _____ i was
at the show do not let anyone tell you different the guy fell on his
ass HARD! and when he tried to get up he fell again!!!! it was very
funny someone then yelled out "learn how to walk" after the song ended
it was quite rude and got no response from anyone [thanks Cvolino]
by Jeremy Zilar
by MTV News
by Connor Wilson
I just got back from the Radiohead concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
in Denver, Colorado, and I can honestly say that I have never been to
a better concert. After finally getting tickets six hours before the
show, I ended up with awesome seats-- second row, center. Giant rock
formations in all sorts of hues surrounded the amphitheatre, creating
a magical atmosphere. Before the show, I saw Phil sitting in the audience,
and he was kind enough to give me an autograph. Beta Band was fairly
good, and they seemed genuinely happy to be there which only added to
the experience. When Radiohead finally came on, the place went wild.
The band was in high spirits, and they looked thrilled, especially Thom
with his giant smile. Every song was spectacular, especially "Exit Music",
"Paranoid Android", "Idiotheque", "Lucky", and "Morning Bell". The band
also did a new version of "Pakt Like Sardines" where there were no metallic
clangs, and the beat was much faster. During the first verse of "Exit
Music", a fan yelled out "You're beautiful Thom!". Yorke then placed
a finger to his lips, motioning for silence. The audience starting cracking
up, and this led to Thom laughing, and he missed a few words. During
"Paranoid Android" Thom was on his back playing the guitar, rolling
around like a madman. Another great part was when the drum machine wasn't
working right; after solving the problem, Thom came back to the mike,
saying "fucking machine". The best part of this show, however, was how
much passion the band brought into all the Kid A songs. I love Kid A,
but the songs sound very desolate on cd. Not true tonight, because the
band turned "In Limbo", "How to Dissapear Completely", and "Idiotheque"
into ballad as inspired as anything off of OK Computer. All in all,
Radiohead put out an awesome show with wonderful charm, experienced
musicianship, and true enthusiasm that Colorado hasn't seen for three
long years. I only hope that Yorke and Co. decide to visit the Rocky
Mountains on a more regular basis. Connor Wilson
by Ian Hogan
Not so much of a review
as much as thoughts and impressions. Everything was fantastic. The band
was in great spirits and Thom was clowning around constantly. I had
5th row tickets; the first 20 rows at Red Rocks are usually general
admission, but sure enough they ended up being reserved so I was a very
Beta Band came on
around 7:30 and played through about 6 songs or so. I'd never heard
them before but I quite enjoyed them. Long delay after the Beta Band
left, with the wind at Red Rocks picking up and storms moving overhead,
causing some concern.
The lights went dark,
and Radiohead came onstage right around 9:00 and the whole place exploded.
Launched directly into National Anthem, which lit the place up had a
tremdous amount of energy behind it. Was really quite surreal.
As has already been
noted, some male fan shouted "Thom, you're beautiful!" at
the top of his lungs during Exit Music, which cracked Thom up, causing
him to miss a verse while turning away from the mic laughing.
During Paranoid Android,
during the freakout part at the very end of song, Thom stumbled backwards
over his guitar amp/monitor and fell down, then briefly tried to play
his acoustic while on his back. :) Once the song was over, he stepped
up to the mic and jokingly announced something to the effect of "That's
why I shouldn't try those stadium rock moves".
Connor is right on
about the Kid A and Amnesiac material. Really is so powerful live and
without all of the often muddling electronica bits covering it up.
Regarding the whole
"Radiohead doesn't want to play rock music anymore" theme
that I see so much about in reviews and comments, they seemed very excited
about everything. Before launching into some of the more upbeat/rock-ish
stuff from the Bends or OK Computer, Thom would mutter "Rock!"
sort've kiddingly at the crowd with a sly smile, but you could tell
that they were all jazzed to be playing it. I'm sure the mp3s will attest
if and when they get posted (anyone?!?!) :)
My friends and I had
a great time. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Only regret is
that they didn't play all night long and cover just about everything
from Pablo Honey to all the B-sides, but that would have been a mammoth
show indeed. :)
by Lucin Gilliland
The concert was BRILLIANT!
I have a different take on one thing though. It looked to us like Thom
tripped over one of the speakers on the stage floor in front and accidently
fell while playing Paranoid Android. He tripped, did a nice graceful
roll, lingered on his back a bit and came up playing without missing
a lick. After the song he made a comment about the fall, something like
"that is the trouble with those things".
The band members seemed to be having a great time. They were all smiling.
Colin Greenwood was bouncing up and down looking like a kid at Christmas.
Maybe he always does that but his enthusiasm was contagious. During
one tune, (I apologize but can't remember which) while Thom had his
back to the audience while playing his piano, he was turning his head
around and giving smiles to us between verses-it looked like he was
flirting. Some lucky fan managed to give Thom a hug before she was hauled
away by the bouncers.
I have never been to such a great concert. The music was absolutely
spectacular. Another element that enhanced the show was the lighting
effects. As backdrop there were several columns with intermitent rows
of three or four long white lamps. These would flash (along with a full
complement of other white backdrop lights) at just the right high and
loud climatic notes of the guitars. WOW!
The sound guys did a great job too. Red Rocks is situated on the slope
of the foothills to the Rocky Mountains. When the wind kicks up the
sound in the upper rows can get blown away. Although it was calm before
the show, clouds and wind came rolling over the mountains behind us
right as things got underway. The stage crew covered all the equipment
( and there was a lot of equipment!) with giant tarps that the wind
would catch, causing them to billow up high above them. We didn't know
it then, but about this time several tornados touched down at the Denver
airport (maybe twenty miles east of Red Rocks) causing damage to some
of their radar. But even with all that wind to play havoc with the sound,
the sound was just spectacular. (I guess you can say that these guys
are more powerful than a tornado.)
We sat close to the sound and lighting boards (row 16). The light board
man had some lovely incense burning throughout the show. You know the
sense of smell can recall events to mind more than any other sense?
After the show I spoke with the light man, Andi. He was very friendly
and humble. The name of the incense is 'Nag Champa'. He was kind enough
to sign my tickets for our sons, (aged 11 and 9). He suggested I get
the chief sound engineer to sign them as well. He was incredibly nice
as well and commented on the trouble with the Red Rocks wind. He actually
was apologetic for "blasting" the lower rows. I say it was
perfect; if that was blasting then bring it on! I wish I would have
seen Phil in the audience ...my guys would have loved his autograph
too cause they love what we got - thanks to Andi and Jim!
Ok, I didn't mean to go on so much. One last thing, the show was so
good that it compressed time for me. Two hours seemed like 40 minutes.
I am going to do my best to see them on this tour again. I hope they
had as much fun as it seemed; maybe they will play here again.
Last night's show in Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheater was the (first
Radiohead and) best show I've ever seen. "Today we escape..." For three
years the Colorado crowd awaited the band's reappearance; with fat gray
clouds misting down on us from just overhead we were chilly and anxious
by the time the first strains of our National Anthem electrified the
dusky air. Not for long; I never imagined the power of live Radiohead-
Yorke's voice is sensuous, the sound and light swirled around and through
our heads like some genius magic. "Fake Plastic" and "Paranoid" were
my favorites of the night. To gaze towards the lit-up hazy sky between
enormous red rocks for "Come on rain down on me- >From a great height"--
unforgettable! The crowd seemed a bit resistant to the less familiar,
they liked to sing along. Even so, the metaphysical energy vibrating
from the east (on-stage) was unmistakable. "For a minute there, I lost
myself..." The night was 3 million years in the making. ~Adrienne Christy
by Daniel Higley
Last night at Red Rocks
in Morrison Colorado, for those of you that were lucky enough to be
there, it was truly a beautiful night. From start to finish it seemed
the entire band was having lots of fun and seemed to enjoy the loud
screams and beautiful Red Rocks. Tom looked to be a little drunk, and
he was very silly, responding to the crowd's roars with his playful
encouragment. I had seen the band three weeks ago at Rock am Ring, and
this was a completly different expirence. Having met Tom at the german
festival and seeing them pissed off the entire night, this show was
extra special. The set list was pretty similar to other shows, and I
was very happy they included "Fake Plastic Trees". All the songs sounded
really good, except maybe for "Packt like Sardines..." that one was
just missing something...but I think Kid A and Amnesiac sound great
live, and hopefully we dont have to wait a few years for new material.
Ive seen the band now one three different continents and this was by
far the best show by them, probably they best concert i,ve ever witnessed.
Lets hope the RAdiohead live at Red Rocks DVD is on its way....!!!
Well i do have to
say that i loved the show, and the thing that i keep thinking about,
is how much fun they had playing the show. I was amazed a how much that
effected the experience. it was truely great to watch people doing what
they love to do, and pulling it off with great ease. WOW. I enjoyed
watching the chemistry between Thom, Johnny, and Ed. The show seemed
to have a few technical difficulties, but nothing too noticeable or
without a laugh. I cant seem to get "DOLLARS AND CENTS" out of my head.
Anyway... Red Rock has to be one of the best places in the world to
watch a show or play a show. I heard a rumor that Trey Anastsio from
PHISH was at the show. I have friend who had third row tickets, who
said something about that. He also took some great pictures of the show.
I hope they enjoy the rest of the tour... Jeremy Zilar
In the glorious world
of live RH shows, one has to assume that one thing remains constant
- you'll see some of the best music ever written, played imaginatively
by the best live band in the world. Let's start with that & report
on some variables...
Red Rocks is an amazing
venue .....rock formations that would make stonehenge proud, great sight
lines, clean sound, and best yet, lax security at the entrance (my friend
and I got in without tickets(!) by simply saying we were looking for
the will-call office - As it turned out, we had tix, but didn't end
up having to get them).
The weather tonite
was almost as intense as the band...calm then windy by biblical proportions.
Did anyone tell the weather that it's summertime? Amazingly, almost
as soon as the band started, the inclement winds stopped. Either RH
quelled them, or their music took our minds to a higher plane...
We got a fantastic
place up front & at one point considered asking Jonny, who was in
a T-shirt only, if he wanted to borrrow our jacket. As usual, though,
the band blew through any external stimuli & took us deep inside,
safe from the angry wind, right from the start of National Anthem.
The band was in incredible
spirits, seeming both happy to be at such a cool venue & putting
something a little extra on for the U.S. - it's been too long... they're
back to save the universe!
Thom was going CRAZY
on several songs, jumping out in front of the crowd on numerous occassions,
roaming from side to side, and getting so into the moment on Paranoid
Android that he tripped on his monitor. He crashed onto his side right
in the middle of one of the guitar frenzies, but didn't miss a beat.
Ed, who seemed in a great mood all night, looked amused watching Thom
jamming from the floor. After the song, Thom said, "That's why
we'll never do stadium shows!"
The summer setlist
is great for fans. The new songs really become human & whole, shedding
most of the computer distance found on the record, & seeing the
band de-construct & put them back together is amazing. How many
rock bands start their show with one of the lead guitarists on a sampler
that looks like a ham radio? I don't need to explain the spinal cracking
brilliance of the old songs to anyone who's seen them before, but the
slate of OKC (Exit Music, Par And, Lucky, No Surprises) and Bends-era
(St Spirit, Bones, Talk Show Host, FPTrees) STILL kill & retain
ALL of their original power. I think My Iron Lung was the best I've
ever seen last night.
Notably absent from
tonight's show was Knives Out, with a rocking Permanent Daylight pulled
into it's spot. What a windfall! I'm going to say it - I hope you're
sitting down - I think Knives Out is boring, and given a band with so
many twist & turns & endless brilliance, a bit of a toss off.
But fuck it, it's RH & if they do play it, I'm not going for a coffee
The only tough part
about the recent shows is balancing between the urge to close your eyes
& get within the songs & yourself, & the possibility of
missing Jonny tinkering with his radio or playing the weirdest, coolest
shit ever, Thom vaulting soul-first, eyes-closed, into the beautiful
& hardcore melodies, Phil propelling all sorts of unexpected &
unforgettable fills (Dollars & Cents!) into already crazed songs,
Ed playing all order of majestic & eerie parts (Dollars & Cents
again!) & Colin holding it all down with his electric, stand-up
& funked up keyboard bass & melody support.
So many options, so
little time - life's never easy. Of course, assuming you've actually
put in the effort to be there, any road you pick in this case is the
See you at the next
-- Jeff & Mike