01 National Anthem
03 Morning Bell
04 Karma Police
05 Packt Like Sardines in a Crushed Tin Box
06 Bullet Proof
07 Talk Show Host
08 Climbing Up the Walls
09 No Surprises
10 Dollars and Cents
11 Street Spirit
12 I Might Be Wrong
13 Pyramid Song
14 Paranoid Android
16 Everything in its Right Place
17 True Love Waits
20 You and Whose Army
21 How to Disappear Completely
22 Cinnamon Girl
23 Fake Plastic Trees
Morning Bell - A song for the morning after. Appropriate for the last
shwo in North America. (I believe he meant until the Hollywood Bowl.)
Bullet Proof - Thom stopped half way through the first verse and said
something to the effect that he had forgotten the words. He asked the
audience how the words go and said, "fuck it, I'll just make it up."
Talk Show Host - "This is a song for movie stars on a bad day." Pearly
- "This is a song for people who like to whiten their teeth. I suppose
maybe I should start whitening my teeth so that I can fit in better
here." Cinnamon Girl - "This is meant to be a compliment." Fake PLastic
Trees - "And now we're going to play this song..." [thanks James]
Wow! The whole ride home I felt like I was in shock. I had just seen
best live performance by any band I had ever seen.
The Santa Barbara Bowl is a beautiful little theatre in the hills of
Barbara. It was a very pleasant night, very warm actually.
The Beta Band was fun, the crowd was very respectful. Radiohead came
after about forty minutes and kicked off with the National Anthem. All
members seemed to be in a very fine mood. Airbag was next, which was
loud, only there were a couple mechanical problems in the middle. Thom
said hello to the crowd before introducing Morning Bell as, " ..the
that's about the morning after, something we'll be singing tomorrow
tonight is our last performance in the states." He ended the song
five times on the keys. After, he smiled and said, " they deserved
Bulletproof was a highlight as Thom started the first chorus he stopped
entire band saying, " what's the words to that fucking song?"
laughed. Johnny tried it out on his microphone, then they started over,
everyone cheering. Thom dedicated Talk Show Host to the celebrities
crowd, saying," this one's about being a celebrity on a bad day".
I Might be
Wrong rocked! Johnny and Colin were having a blast! The crowd was loving
every moment of it. Idioteque was unbelievable as Thom rushed the crowd,
pumping them up with his fists. Wow! I love that song! The first encore
started with Thom singing the unbelievably beautiful True Love Waits!!
getting kind of choked up. Thom sang it so beautifully. Pearly came
after Lucky, which was a blast for Thom. By the way, Phil was terrific
throughout the show, as usual! How to Dissapear was haunting and tremendous.
Thom's voice just rang throughout that theatre. The second encore began
Cinnamon Girl ! Thom said, " This song's dedicated to Neil Young.....it's
meant as a good thing...I hope" The whole band was rocking in a
The show ended with Fake Plastic, the crowd pumping their fist in the
remained respectfully silent in the quiet parts, alike the whole show.
show was incredible. I could not believe my eyes. Celebrities in the
included John Frusciante, Rose McGowan, whom I met outside, A.J. from
Backstreet Boys ( HA) and, actually, when I went to put my camera back
car before the show, a small-time lady named Madonna happened to pass
a few of her friends. Strange, huh? Anyway, gotta go. Great Show
even though i am not a "true" radiohead fan, ( i smoke weed)
i attended the
Santa Barbara shows on the 29th and 30th. first of all the venue was
and there were really no bad seats. second of all, the band seemed to
top form through both nights. all the songs seemed to run together,
everytime a song would be going i would say to myself "this song,
solo was a highlight", the lighting was beatiful and seemed to
be the colors
that i had always imagined in my head for the songs. every song was
as i could imagine them being, paranoid android was a favorite, bulletproof
made me go home and play the song about twenty fucking times, street
was unbelievable, pearly and the guitar solo in that song was defintately
something to remember, and of course the second night true love waits
only thom and his guitar, and all the people there seemed to know the
to an unrealesed song it was beutiful, the beautiful songs filling up
gorgeous night on the side of a mountain, of course there were some
fucks there, but oh well, then again there was a sixty year old man
the show, danced to every song and knew all the words. and lastly the
young cover "cinnamon girl" was unbelievable, especiallly
the end thom going
crazy with his guitar and on vocals, but really all songs were something
remember, and im glad i went to santa barbara and saw them two nights
row, even though i cant spend any money for about a month. all i really
to say is if you can go, then go
by mike shayotovich
Not enough is being said about the Beta Band. These guys are fantastic
musicians and seemed a perfect complement to Radiohead because of the
wide array of sounds they were creating. People need to get serious
about checking out their catalogue, especially 3 E.P.'s. It's not a
wonder that they were chosen as the opening act. They well deserved
The stage lighting is another aspect that isn't getting enough
attention. I had never seen Radiohead before and I had read as many
reviews as I could. Somehow the visual barrage is never fully given
justice in relation to the show. The genius behind the lighting design
on this tour deserves to be applauded. Sometimes it's as though the
lights become another member of the band on the stage, taking on
movement and action and adding to the sound that is being produced.
Radiohead is one of those precious few bands that understands that
multimedia has many components that are intertwined to have a complete
effect. I don't know who came up with the camera angles for the side
screens, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was Grant Gee or one of his
disciples. Some of it has the same feeling as "Meeting People is
which I find to be visually stunning.
Of course we were all there to hear the music of Radiohead, let's not
kid ourselves. I really enjoy National Anthem as the opening song
because of the way it builds the band. Colin with that fuzzy bass line,
adding in a dash of Jonny with the spacy surreal effects, Phil with
jazz strokes on the cymbals, Ed on guitar, and finally Thom's voice
fulfills the suspenseful climb.
The best thing I can say about the two performances that I saw this
is that there is something for everyone. I don't mean just the music,
either. Everyone is getting something out of the show, whether it be
specific favorite song, or the sight of Thom jumping up and down, or
comfort from Colin's big goofy grin as he plays. Perhaps it's the
lyrics, perhaps it's the mood, perhaps it's just experiencing a good
concert. It's a very friendly Radiohead fan experience, but also a good
experience for fans of music, and that speaks volumes for the band.
Contrary to popular opinion, it is mine that not EVERY song sounds
better live. A majority of them take on a new life when performed live
and I can empathize with the fans who make these grandiose statements
about what a live performance of Radiohead is really like. When the
songs are better, it's almost hard to fathom because there's so much
going into them. Paranoid Android is a perfect example. Live, the
breakdown of the song blows away the cd track. It truly falls silent
graceful in the "raindown" section, but EXPLODES at the end.
I enjoyed hearing Talk Show Host, but I think the recorded version is
better. The contrast from bass to the guitar rift is somehow not as
audible live. Don't get me wrong, it is still an amazing thing to hear,
but it loses the ethereal animosity that gives credo to the lyrics.
disappointing at all was Climbing up the Walls which was mysterious
haunting, only to be topped by Street Spirit which I think is the single
darkest song to come out of music. It's beautiful to hear, but it
kindles a morose sensation that will take you over the edge if you don't
hold onto the handrails provided.
Dollars and Cents is surprisingly good live, but not so much as I Might
be Wrong which plugs in and tears it up much more rock and roll than
album version. The lighting on Pyramid Song created a blue serenity
it looked as though Thom and his piano were sinking into the depths
sea as he sang of jumping into the river. These green "eyes"
from the blue lights and as the song builds in the second half, these
white lights appear at the top that just make the scene complete.
Idioteque is another song that blows away the album version because
there's a disparity that you can't experience unless it's live.
Where Santa Barbara really got lucky was to have Thom appear alone to
start the first encore, armed only with an acoustic guitar. With little
hesitance, he began True Love Waits. The audience fell deathly silent.
The intense fans knew that this was a rare treat and the rest of the
people knew that something different was going on because nobody was
singing along (out loud at least). You could have heard the waves
crashing in from the Pacific Ocean. Pearly* was another treat that came
unexpected. I noticed that many people that didn't seem to know the
were extremely pleased with the song that emphasizes Radiohead's
beautiful use of guitars taken from the Bends/OKC days.
You and Whose Army took advantage of the cinematic camera angles to
Thom leaning over and into a wide angle lens positioned on the piano
looking up at him. It was a moment to behold as he crooned "cronies"
fed off the audience. I'll let others rave about Cinnamon Girl which
good, but this was one of the few shows where they didn't end with
Motion Picture Soundtrack. You know what? Who cares?
Fake Plastic Trees was so much better than it was Wednesday night at
Shoreline. It's not a surprise that they opted not to go back out and
MPS because Fake Plastic Trees was that good. It would have actually
been a step backwards, or at least laterally, to go back out after
finishing so strongly.
And as a Radiohead fan, I applaud them for it.And as a Radiohead fan,
applaud them for it.