1) National Anthem
2) Morning Bell (Kid A)
5) In Limbo
6) Packt Like Sardines...
7) You and Whose Army?
8) No Surprises
9) Dollars and Cents
10) Knives Out
11) Permanent Daylight
12) Karma Police
13) Pyramid Song
14) Paranoid Android
16) Everything in its Right Place
17) I Might Be Wrong
18) Fake Plastic Trees
19) The Thief
20) How To Disappear Completely
21) Talk Show Host
22) The Bends
23) Motion Picture Soundtrack
Thanks to Colin for
The band played Can's 'The Thief'
by Adam Balast
Radiohead was in full spirits along with some great windy weather. Opening
the evening with " national anthem " - Good opening energy, Jonny was
a little quite with the radio effects. Over all High energy. Morning
bell - Thom seemed to enjoy it, the rest of the band seemed to be transfixed.
Air bag - quite powerful, but Jonny played more keyboard then he did
his guitar. Lucky- standard playing, yet Jonny gave it some emotion.
. In limbo was amazing, space and doors were colliding into a rolling
groove, very cool. Pact Like Sardines- Traffic induced and very heady.
You and whose army- Very sincere and moving. Kind of like watching gladiators
duel to the death. No Surprises- what can I say but urban sprawl. Dollars
and cents - >From the very start this song was intimidating. Very purple
yet familiar. Knifes out - Ed, Jonny, and thom really locked into a
jam ( standing like a triumvirate ) , this song is heavy, kind of weirded
people out. - great!!!! Permanent daylight - they really matured this
song, it really helped keep the unique vibe this show offered. Karma
police - Steady and warm, like an old friend. Pyramid song - It was
dedicated to the people on the lawn ( maybe that's were the black eyed
angels flew). Paranoid android - brought back the feeling of Ok computer
that we all know so well. Idioteque - New sounds were shared with the
audience and movment from the crowd could not be controlled. -- Awesome
I would comment on the encores, but a security Guard ( minimum wage
employee ) Began harrasing us for our MD recorder. - stress Though talk
show host was neo- beatnick super super cool. Thak you Radiohead, for
by Ken Ko
In short Radiohead's
performance was nothing short of brilliant. The stage lighting was done
perfectly and was very colorful at times. Example is Dollars And Cents,
when the stage at one point was drowned in blue flashing lights, where
the band members were not terribly visible, but overall the visuals
were spectacular and were matched with an awesome sounding instrumental
Some of the highlights include Thom doing some funny motions with his
hands to generate crowd noise in between verses during "You and
Whose Army". Towards the end of "Everything In Its Right Place"
Thom leaped from the stage and went into the crowed around the first
two rows of Section 103, and he was mobbed by fans to meet/shake his
hand/receiving hugs from girls! Huge round of applause goes to the security
guard that night who was able to bring Thom back to the stage unharmed.
When Colin started the bassline of No Surpises, he had the bass distortion
on, so his guitar sounded like the bass intro tone of National Anthem!
It was quite funny, but Thom just said "well that sounded nice.
Let's start that one again". Colin went back to the section near
the drums and obviously depressed the distortion pedal/settings. For
some reason the xylophone or glockenspiel mix was much louder than the
other instruments and it was very interesting.
The crowd was very energetic and extra points go to Radiohead for energizing
the band even further during the "rock" guitar crunches during
Paranoid Android, and got the crowd crazy during a dazzling performance
of Idioteque (which sounds better and better each time I hear it live
from many bootlegs).
I have to admit the crowd was very boring with regards to music response/clapping.
European audiences have always clapped collectively with catchy and
favorite songs. I tried to jump start the crowd by clapping along with
the intro beat of "Everything In Its Right Place" but most
people didn't feel like doing it.
Typical Californian show crowd.....there were a few inflatable beach
balls bouncing around in the crowd, but as they reached towards the
stage, they were promptly taken away by security. I was surprised not
to hear Street Spirit, but was glad to hear Fake Plastic Trees that
was rendered beautifully, with Johnny's guitar part sounding more like
the keyboards on the album version. Johnny got the crowd really wild
when he was doing that muted syncopated strum on the guitar part towards
the end of Morning Bell (and I could see it more closely as I was 11
rows from the front and he was facing our section).
On album I have to admit that Kid A is not terribly invigorating, but
Radiohead capture the essence of the music live and interpret the songs
to the point where it blows one's mind and leaves one awestruck. There
was much band synergy on stage, as I've heard the definitive version
of Permanent Daylight to date, and The Thief was done very well (since
I've heard the Nijmegen FM broadcast from last year I knew the song
I've only seen Radiohead twice in my whole life (first show was October
20, 2000 in Los Angeles) but I thought this performance was better than
last year's. I guess they've had a chance to define their sound for
the Kid A and Amnesiac material, and it sounds tighter than ever. It's
a pity that the band won't revisit Pablo Honey material, but considering
the band's song list to date it would be impossible to cover all the
I hope some fans will bring huge signs to the venues and request True
Love Waits. That is a song that needs to be played more often!
by Jason McAllister
These were among the
adjectives being tossed around to describe the Radiohead show as we
sat in my car, waiting for an hour to exit the Shoreline parking lot.
It was my first Radiohead
concert, and I was truly blown away. The band absolutely nailed almost
every song. The "Kid A" stuff was incredible -- I was curious
how those songs would translate in the live performance, and was amazed
at how complex and compelling they turned out.
The performances were
just masterful. This is truly a band on top of its game. It's so exciting
to witness a group of musicians who are in total control. Many of the
great shows I've seen (Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins
come to mind) left me with that same sensation -- "this band has
mastered its art, and is using its powers to ROCK MY WORLD!"
I'll leave it to others
to describe the songs and the set in detail. (BTW, thanks to everyone
who posted reviews of the Red Rocks, Gorge and Vancouver shows! I enjoyed
reading them and they really pumped me up for this show!) I'll just
mention that the last four or five songs of the main set were the pinnacle
for me. They had a great continuity, like we were being taken on a journey.
What talent, what
passion, what technical brilliance, what emotion! And did I mention
that the sound was perfect? Kudos to the band and crew for such crystal-clear
acoustics. They lost control of the feedback a couple of times, but
that only served to remind me that this perfection is not coming from
a record, it's coming from those 5 dudes wailing away down on the stage.
I was especially impressed
with Jonny. I focused my binoculars on him several times, and man that
guy is a hell of a musician. His guitar work ranged from tender to monstrous
(sometimes in the same song, e.g., "Paranoid Android"), and
his keyboard and electronic layers were lush and beautiful. He played
multiple instruments on almost every song, bouncing back and forth and
never missing a step. (The other band members were also fantastic, amazing,
etc. Jonny just stood out for me, maybe because I was unaware how much
of the overall sound he is responsible for.)
My wife is a lighting
designer, and she made some interesting observations on the lighting.
She saw lots of symbolism in the light show, as each song had its own
display that was tailored for that song. The lighting, to her, represented
different aspects of modern society. For example, one song featured
horizontal lights that were like flowing power or communications (like
electric and fiber optic lines). Another had vertical lines, like a
jail cell. Another had stark yellow lighting, like in a big parking
lot. Later in the show, the lights started wide at the top and funneled
down to a point at the bottom, like a spaceship landing. And later,
the lights were forming stars and constellations. It was like Radiohead
came to expose our world and then remove us from it?!? Maybe this is
all crazy talk, but it fun to discuss during the slow crawl through
the parking lot.
The sky is the limit
for Radiohead. Their execution last night was flawless. Their only boundaries
are their imaginations. Is there any reason to think that there won't
be 5 more great albums? 10? I've always been more of a casual fan, but
after last night I am ready to step up and join the cult.
LONG LIVE RADIOHEAD!
by Andrew Pettit
The day finally came,
and it was everything that I had expected. The moment I
arrived at the venue I had to check out my Fourth Row seats and check
Beta Band. They were pretty good. I personally am a fan, but nobody
watch it seemed like which is a shame. Of course "Dry the Rain"
highlight. Those guys were a great warm-up act for what had yet to come.
the Beta Band was through, out came the lights, high-tech equipment,
rabid fans. Radiohead took the stage by storm with National Anthem,
the audience in the palm of their hands for the rest of the evening.
never seen such a spectacle. Thom went off during every song. He gave
everything that he had in every song, and pushed himself to the limit.
amazed us all with his incredible sound and intensity. And of course
Colin, and Phil's persistence just put the evening in orbit. Overall,
the most overwhelming performance I had ever seen. Words can't explain
of what I saw, and the people that were their that night know what I
talking about. PLEASE COME BACK TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SOON! WE LOVE
The scene was suitably
surreal as Radiohead took the stage at the Shoreline - the cloudy, sunset
sky was filled with airplanes taking off and landing at the nearby airport.
As venues go, the Shoreline suffers from inadequate volume for those
in Lawn Seats. Also, the technical geniuses running the show failed
to turn on the right projection screen until about ten minutes into
the set. However, these technical deficiencies could not detract from
the overall experience of Radiohead's spectacular performance. With
two new albums to draw from, the setlist was largely comprised of cuts
from Kid A and Amnesiac. The band also dished out many crowd-pleasing
torch songs from Ok Computer and a scant two songs from The Bends. The
evening was entirely Pablo Honey-free, which is fine with me, really.
Luckily, we did get two spectacular B-sides: an amazing rendition of
Permanent Daylight and a dark, twisted version of Talk Show Host. Thom
even bopped his way through a cover of Can's 'The Thief' during the
first encore. Overall, the highlights of the show for me were: Lucky,
Packt Like Sardines, Permanent Daylight, Pyramid Song, Idioteque, Everything
in its Right Place, How to Disappear Completely, The Bends and Motion
Picture Soundtrack. Many of these tracks have been seriously reworked
for live performance (especially Packt.it's totally unrecognizable and
unbelievably cool). Surprisingly, the slower, moodier tracks like Pyramid
Song, How to Disappear and Motion Picture Soundtrack came off even better
than the more rocking tracks, as the lush instrumentation and Thom's
intense vocal splendor enraptured the massive crowd. The setlist was
ideal, as the only song that I would've loved to hear that wasn't played
was Let Down. Another complaint is that the T-shirts at the show were
the same ones that can be had on W.A.S.T.E.
by Ashlee Best
Only one word to describe this show...MIND-BLOWING! This is the best
concert I've ever seen from beginning to the three encore ending. The
opening band, Beta Band, sounded great and didn't seem to mind the empty
seats in the pavilion. I ran into the bassist, Richard, after the show
and he told me they had "fruit shaped cushions" for the crowd; however,
they didn't want them landing in an empty seat, so they kept them. He
also said their shows usually have video screens and a light show. Their
second cd will be released on July 16th and they will be in the Bay
Area again sometime this Sept. or Oct. at the Fillmore. As far as, Radiohead,
I can't stress enough the warmth, energy, and sincerity they exuded
from every pore. The venue was PACKED, everyone stood for the entire
show. I feel Radiohead succeeded in playing everyone's song. What I
mean is, usually you go to a concert and have a certain song that you
really want to hear, well some how I feel Radiohead pulled it off. Personally,
I feel very blessed - I heard two of those "must hear" songs. The crowd
even sang along with Fake Plastic Trees. When it was over, I felt refreshed.
Everyone was talking about how great is was and I didn't see anyone
without a smile. How can I get a recording of this show?? Sincerely,
by Dave Davis
We arrived at about
7:45, the parking was pretty quick and I could already see the hordes
of people assembled on the "lawn seats." Since I didn't get my tickets
on the 1st day, we got stuck in the lawn seats as well. The venue was
pretty big, and when the general admission lawn begins to fill in, the
crowd size is pretty decent. Everyone had blankets and sleeping bags,
as well as backpacks full of food. The security was really lax, they
patted us down in a poor imitation of American cops - but I didn't see
them searching any bags or backpacks. We brought only a pair of binoculars
and our coats. Finally getting in and finding a suitable seat on the
lawn, we sat down to wait for the opening act. There was some nice atmosphere
music playing, and I assumed it was the DJ that had been spinning before
the shows. Then, at around 8:45 or 9:00, the crowd began to cheer for
who I thought must be the Beta Band. Well, I must have missed the Beta
Band altogether, because I was still sitting down when I heard the bassline
of National Anthem kick in! I jumped to my feet and sure enough, they
were already on stage and having at it. Even though I was a long way
from the stage, the venue had two large screens erected on either side
of the place. The video on the screens was from onstage cams mounted
in various places - you know what I'm talking about if you watched the
recent TV broadcast show. The screens helped me a lot since the guys
looked like little ants from where I was sitting. I don't know if it
was due to where I was sitting, but the sound mix seemed rather bad.
At times Thom's vocals would become too loud and harsh, overcoming the
rest of the mix. And the sound seemed to "warble" at forth at times.
Other times, certain instruments seemed to be mixed too low. The overall
volume of the set was very low compared to what I am used to for a live
show, but this could also be because of where I was sitting. The show
was amazing, and as always the band sounded great together. My wife
was once again surprised at what a great live show they put on. Thom's
vocals were clean and strong, and he seemed to be in quite a good mood.
Pretty talkative and even cracking a crooked smile every once and a
while. Some comments that I managed to scribble down: In Limbo introduced
as "a song about someone trying to get you back from somewhere you're
stuck, and you're very very stuck." Packt dedicated to "everybody stuck
in traffic, every day of the week." You and Whose Army was "for the
Holy Roman Empire." After each verse in this song Thom would get up
from the piano and tease the crowd, lifting his arms and making them
cheer before he ran back to make the next verse. No Surprises was dedicated
to "Michael Moore who runs the WTO, because his life is gonna get increasingly
difficult." Thom stopped the song right away after hearing a bad note,
and asked if they could start again. Knives was introduced as "some
light relief." After Permanent Daylight, Thom said "Yeah, we've almost
lost it!" The Bends was introduced as a song about "being in a rock
band." I was a memorable show! -- dave davis
by Katie Delwiche
WOW!!!! WHAT A SHOW!!!!!!!!
I want to see it all over
again! That was the best night of my life!
The show was so awesome.
I arrived at about 6:30, an
hour before it started, because I had reserved seats.
Everyone was getting really excited and by the time
the Beta Band came on, people were shouting,
"RADIOHEAD!!!! PLEASE!!!!" Poor guys. But they were
great and were well appreciated. Kind of
electronica/rock/funk stuff... hard to explain. And
in one song, "She's the One," they had these cool
chipmunk-vocals. They played a short set, then left
the stage (to much applause). I took the time between
their show and Radiohead's show to buy some shirts...
About half an hour later, RADIOHEAD took the
stage!!!!!! The whole audience stood up and started
screaming!!! We didn't sit down throughout the entire
concert. THe guy next to me went, "HOLY SHIT!" WHich
I thought described it all quite well. They started
with National Anthem, which was AMAZING. Really loud,
really powerful... everyone was getting stoked. It's
the best song to start a show with... The bass line
just filled the whole amphitheatre. I can't even
describe it. Thom was in a great mood. He went
absolutely nuts during Idioteque, dancing around the
stage!!!! LOVED IT!!!! THe audience couldn't be held
back during that song... definately one of the
highlights and INCREDIBLE live! I had pretty good
seats... the second row of the second section, right
in the middle. Just close enough to be able to see
facial expressions and to see how they played chords.
Colin seemed really happy... especially in National
Anthem. He was allover the place. Ed also seemed
happy... he was great. During Paranoid Android he was
really getting into it. :) Phil was back there with
the drums doing a great job as always. And Jonny was
phenomenal... when he wasn't hunched over the box for
sounds and effects, he was playing guitar like mad or
playing the keyboard. I am convinced that he's the
best guitarist out there. WOWWW.
The SHoreline was
a great venue. The lights were
great, and it was just beginning to get dark when they
took the stage.
1. National Anthem:
full of energy, the crowd loved
it, no brass section of course but it still sounded
2. Morning Bell (Kid
A): wow. THom sat at the
keyboard and he seemed to really enjoy singing this
one. I was in complete awe. Beautiful. Just
beautiful. The ending was terrific (walking, walking
walking walking, walking etc..) At this point it was
starting to sink in that I was seeing Radiohead!!! it
was almost like a dream... but I knew I was awake.
3. Lucky: extremely
powerful. The lights were
great... when it said "pull me out of the aircrash;
pull me out of the lake" the lights flashed orange and
everyone went nuts. It was beautiful.
4. Airbag: When Thom
said they were playing Airbag we
all went nuts! I'd always liked this song on the CD,
but it was never one of my favorites. But let me just
say that it's phenomenal live. When he sung "...I am
back to save the Universe." I was in awe. THe whole
song was awesome.
5. In Limbo: (THom
said this was "about being stuck
and someone's trying to get you unstuck but you're
really stuck.") It started kind of differently than
the Kid A version and I think some of the audience was
confused... but sounded great. I was really getting
into the Kid A songs.. they have a completely
different feel to them when they're played live, but I
was amazed by how amazing they sounded... really
interesting and complex and completely beautiful....
6. Packt like sardines:
(Dedicated to all the people
who are stuck in traffic every day.) I'm a reasonable
man get off my case get off my case.... very different
live. But wonderful.
7. You and WHose Army:
THis was a highlight of the
show. The audience absolutely loved it! Thom sat at
his piano with his back to us diagonally, and we kept
screaming, so between verses he would turn to the
audience and gesture with his arms to the crowd for
more screaming!!!!!! (You and whose army (screaming)
You and your cronies (screaming) etc.) Thom was
loving it and he was getting so into the crowd...
smiling and having a great time. THis was SO great!
8. No surprises: Very
emotional and beautiful. This
song sent chills up my spine. It was a little
different in the balance of the instruments, which
made it even more interesting. More Kid A. I didn't
know how the kid A stuff would turn out live, but I
was surprised at how great it sounded. THe songs take
on a life of their own.
9. Dollars and Cents:
WOW!!!!!!! THIS SONG is one of
the best live... the live version really does it
justice. One of my favorites on Amnesiac... the
audience was kind of surprised at how different it was
from lots of the other stuff. The vocals were
amazing. Beautiful. "Even when he turn the water
blues..." THom raised his arms in a V. Just
incredible. If I had died right then and there I
would have been happy.
10. Knives Out: (Thom
introduced it by saying, "This
is a song about eating people.") Jonny's guitar was
amazing. Another high point of the show.
11. Permanent Daylight:
WOW. I guess most of the
audience didn't know the song because they weren't
very enthusiastic... the audience was actually pretty
dull, in my opinion. Not many other people were
singing along or clapping... but by the end of the
show they were getting better. But this song blew me
away. Jonny and THom were playing their guitars
locked in a 2-guitar thing... completely rocking
out... From start to finish the song was overflowing
12. Karma Police:
The audience loved it... FINALLY
some other people were singing along... Karma Police
is so powerful. By the time it got to the part "FOr A
minute there I lost myself I lost myself," We were all
screaming. To hear this beautiful music and see what
an amazing effect it had on everyone brought tears to
13. Pyramid SOng:
As soon as they brought the piano
out again, I was shouting PYRAMID SONG!!!! And I knew
that's what they were going to play... Dedicated to
the people on the hill... THom said that the people
right up front were a little too close for comfort.
"There's a video camera right here." And there
were... cameras everywhere... right in the bands
faces.. Pyramid song was beautiful. The lights were
blue... amazing.. like you were in the river itself.
and the piano chords were eerie and haunting.
Extremely touching... I remember thinking to myself,
"this is really happening." I was really seeing my
favorite band live. It was the most incredible, mind
blowing performance I have ever seen. Or heard. I
never wanted it to end.
14. Paranoid Android:
The audience LOVED this too!!!!!
Another huge group singalong. Jonny was SO INCREDIBLE
on guitar! The "off with his head" part was great...
the audience couldn't stop moving and I was screaming
the words.... And the raindown part was beautiful. Ed
and THom's vocals were spine chilling. Lighters in
the air, arms reaching toward the sky... audience
swaying... I closed my eyes for a minute and just
basked in the beauty of it. Paranoid android is
incredible with the way it can take you through so
many emotions in one song.
15. Idioteque: I couldn't
believe the setlist... Karma
police, pyramid song, paranoid android, and NOW
IDIOTEQUE!!!!!!!!! I'd say that this was probably my
favorite song of the entire show. Definately. THIS
BLEW ME AWAY. The whole band was going wild! Thom did
his dance around the stage... he was so happy! I LOVED
it! This song drove the audience to it's peak of
mental instability. We were going insane. "I LAUGH
UNTIL ME HEAD COMES OFF... I SWALLOW TILL I BURST
UNTIL I BURST UNTIL I..." I WOULD HAVE DRIVEN THE 5
HOURS BY TRAIN/BUS again any time... just to hear
this!!!!!!! "MOBILES SQUIRKING MOBILES CHIRPING TAKE
THE MONEY RUN TAKE THE MONEY RUN TAKE THE MONEY..." SO
INCREDIBLE!!!!! I felt like I'd explode.
16. Everything in
it's Right Place: Once again I was
amazed at how different it sounded live. COmplete
(the band modestly
left the stage)
17. I Might Be Wrong:
THis song was hauntingly
beautiful. THe best part was Jonny's solo chords at
the end of the song. I can't begin to describle it.
When you see this song live you'll see what I mean.
18. Fake Plastic Trees:
THIS WAS SOOOOOO great! The
audience was ecstatic! It amazes me how powerful a
song so simple can be. Thom came out with his
acoustic guitar and started playing it and we went
nuts. When he got the to parts where he said "It
wears me out..." the audience would go dead quiet and
just stand there, awestruck, listening to it. ANother
huge highlight of the show... I've always loved this
song. I was SOO happy to hear it live! It sounded
19. The Thief: WOw.
I didn't know the song, but it
was great. They had this intense energy once again
and the cover was amazing. For this one, Thom didn't
have his guitar and was just singing...
20. How to Dissapear
Completely: THe audience was in a
daze... everyone was just standing there entranced,
rocking back and forth... people were closing their
eyes... just appreciating the complete beauty and
genius of what they were hearing. Incredible.
21. Talk Show Host:
THIS WAS INSANE!!!! i LOVED IT!
Thom was jumping around with his guitar...
everything... the vocals, guitars, was incredible.
This is one of my favorite songs of all time... to see
it live was awesome. More than awesome.
22. The Bends: (THom
introduced it as a song about
"being in a band.") I am at a loss for words. Jonny
was wailing on his guitar... he's incredible... just
completely going at it... THis song has so much
energy. It grows to a beautiful ending... "I wanna
live, breathe, I wanna be part of the human race!!"
At that point the audience was screaming along at the
top of their lungs. Or maybe it was just me?
23. Motion Picture Soundtrack: easily the most
beautiful thing I've ever heard. Radiohead is truly
genius. I wouldn't trade that night for anything in
the world. At this point we were so awestruck and
full of emotions that we were completely silent. I
can't explain the feeling. It's like being everywhere
at once. And wanting to cry and laugh all at once.
The band was in great
spirits, and it really spread to
the audience! At one point Thom actually went down
into the crowd to the first and second rows!!!! He was
hugging girls and shaking hands... I was amazed that
he returned to the stage safely... but thank god that
he did! Damn... I wish I'd been up in the second and
first rows! He was really getting into it and playing
with the crowd during You and Whose Army... I loved
that. And it would have been worth it just to see him
dancing around during Idioteque!!!!!!!!!!! When the
band left the stage the second and third time, the
crowd was clapping and screaming and going insane, and
they were having fun by clapping with us... they left
the stage one by one, and at one point, Thom left last
and we all broke out screaming... he kind of turned
around and lifted his arms again... more screaming!
Then he'd turn again and raise his arms for more
screaming... to different parts of the crowds. He
After the second encore some people started to leave
but we were still going nuts, and then they came back
for a third encore!!!!! MOTION PICTURE
SOUNDTRACK!!!!!!!!!! What a way to end the show! I was
so awestruck and so happy that they were playing it...
it was beautiful. Phenomenal. I'm running out of
words. But when Thom said " I will see you in the
next life," it completely blew me away. THis show
confirmed that Radiohead is the most incredible band
out there. I will never forget that show. I can
honestly say that I was never more moved and that was
the best night of my life. That show, under the night
sky, was the best thing that has ever happened to me.
THank you RADIOHEAD for the most amazing show I have
ever seen!!!!!!!!!! thank you for reading this! You
are very patient! :) I just wanted to share such an