01 National Anthem
02 Morning Bell
05 Packt like sardines in a crushd tin box
06 Knives out
07 Exit music (for a film)
08 Climbing up the walls
09 No surprises
10 Dollars and cents
11 Street spirit (fade out)
12 I might be wrong
13 Pyramid song
14 Paranoid android
16 Everything in its right place
-- First encore--
17 Karma police
19 You and whose army
20 How to disappear completely
-- Second encore--
21 Talk show host
22 The Bends
Thom dedicated "No surprises" to the Bush family. -Johnny's face was
perpetually covered by his bangs -"Pyramid song" was played on an upright
piano. -Every song was incredible, but "Idioteque" just about took the
cake. Towards the end of the song, Yorke started spastically jumping
up and down and around the stage and got the entire audience to follow
suit. -After playing only a few bars of "Pearly," Thom was in mid-line
when he said, "stop." The band immediately followed orders. Thom explained
that the snare drum was too loud. It was hilarious. They started over
a moment later. "Pearly" rocks, by the way. -"How to disappear completely"
was dedicated to the kids in Genoa. [thanks Justin Owings]
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by Chris Griffin
A rather intimate setting for the first show of the second leg of the
US Tour. A security person informed us there were roughly 7000 in attendance
at the "Meadow at Stone Mountain," which is a state park that
surrounds a big-ass stone mountain on the outskirts of Atlanta. We arrived
shortly before 7pm and the parking lot was already very full. A lot
of people probably came early to get their spots in front of the stage
and soak up some sun rays.
Beta Band took the stage at 7:15 or so and played till roughly 8pm.
They were good, but I was sorry they felt they had to dress up in their
airplane outfits and full length togas as it was 85 degrees farenheit
with about 100% humidity. Kid Koala DJed for 20 minutes or so before
being unceremoniously cut off mid scratch- don't know what happened
there, and kid koala must not have either judging from the look on his
Radiohead hit the stage right at 9pm with a blaze of red lights and
the raucous bassline of 'national anthem'. Decent applause for the opener,
but the fans really perked up for the second song 'airbag'- not surprising
considering OK Computer songs received the biggest applauses all night
long. 'Morning Bell' after that and then 'Lucky'- which was when everyone
realized how incredible the sound quality was: clear and crisp and mixed
beautifully. Only the high humidity prevented goose bumps from surfacing
on my arms.
After 'lucky', highlights included 'no surprises', 'dollars and cents',
'idioteque', and 'paranoid android'. I didn't particularly like 'packt
like sardines in a crushd tin box'(sounded too loud for how quiet it
is on the record), and 'knives out' (the song just doesn't go anywhere-
a criticism of the song not really the performance). The band seemed
in good spirits; they waved to everyone and Thom played along to the
crowd during 'you and whose army' as he peered into the piano-cam (quite
frankly, the angle made his head look like a penis)as he exorted us
to be the army and the cronies. Per usual Thom amde multiple references
to European/World politics that I doubt anyone picked up on. "So
did you see what happened in Genoa?" Probably the wrong crowd to
ask that to, Thom.
The stage has a backdrop of these shutter-like white lights. As was
the case during the OK Computer tour, blues, purples and reds dominate
the show. There are two large widescreens elevated 30 feet or so in
the air on both sides of the stage. The screens broadcast live images
from the stage and are able to produce some good effects (fades, distortion,
Two encore sets- Karma Police, Pearly (had to stop after 30 sec and
start over because "snares are too high") and the 'bends'
(finished off the show)- those three were the highlights of the encores.
I pray we don't have to wait another 4 years for the lads to return
Chris Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What could I possibly say. Thom Yorke has brought music full circle
where it all began. A writer and performer unlike any other. I can't
make comparisons but to mention Lennon, Jagger, Plant and Roger Waters
speaking of Yorke. History repeats itself.
Radiohead couldn't have played a more fitting venue than the Meadow
Mountain for the Atlanta date. The whole evening was just perfect. Oh,
to brush shoulders with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills back stage. They
great taste in music and friends.
I guess your wondering if I'm going to give you a set list........no.
that familiar with Radiohead. But I did recognize around seven numbers
have had frequent air play since '93. And the show they put on has won
over as the newest Radiohead fan. I can't think of a concert that I've
to in the last five or so years that made me feel this good about todays
music. It really lives!
The bottom line is...........you really just have to see Radiohead in
concert, rather it be in person or video. I got lucky. Being there in
was probably a good thing for me. But I'm going to keep an eye out for
footage of the band.
That whole thing with Thomes' mobile keyboard coming and going with
different numbers was really intense. And his facial expressions in
camera mounted on the keyboard just drags you right into the song with
They have two screens that broadcast the members to the whole venue.
production of this broadcast is unbelievable. That's probably where
I got the
idea that there should be a film documenting this tour.
by Tuckley Williams
The venue really was great in a nice wooded area kind of away from everything
and anything. After Beta Band put on a great show, and DJ Koala passed
the time away Radiohead came out blazing guns. As the setlist shows,
they were ready to rock the crowd into a frenzy before settling back
down. True to what other people have said about shows in N. America,
the band really does look happy and enjoying themselves onstage. Everyone
was smiling, and rocking out. Apparently the band had a hell of a time
setting up, and soundcheck lasted for over an hour due to complications.
But you would never know during the show as the loud rockin songs were
clear and free of unwanted distortion, and the slower songs were incredibly
clean to the point where you could hear Thom breathing in between verses.
The band seemed to enjoy taking the crowd on a roller coaster between
extreme highs (Airbag into Lucky) and then back down with Exit Music,
and the crowd always seemed to respond appropriately. I told my friend
Thom tends to get shall I say touchy? and isn't afraid to stop a song
midway if he doesn't think it sounds right, and right on cue, he cut
Pearly short 30 seconds into it and yelled at Phil and Ed (who was helping
on the drums)about the snare. Best part about that was that they, and
Colin and Johnny all smiled and looked at him as if to say 'joke is
on you mate, relax and play guitar'. So they kicked back in and all
was good. Always a nice surprise to see Pearly. But the overall sentiment
was that the sound was amazingly clear, the band was infectiously happy,
and no one wanted the show to stop. Radiohead definitely has a bad rap
about being depressed, miserable hermits who hate the position they
are in as "rock saviors". But at this show they ate it up (and the crowd
with them) and showed that it is quite enjoyable being rock stars.