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30-07-01

Meadow at Stone Mountain, Atlanta, USA


01 National Anthem
02 Morning Bell
03 Airbag
04 Lucky
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
15 Idioteque
16 Everything in its right place
-- First encore--
17 Karma police
18 Pearly
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 face.

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, etc.)

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 to Atlanta.

Chris Griffin (cdgriff@mindspring.com)

by Raptor907@aol.com
What could I possibly say. Thom Yorke has brought music full circle from
where it all began. A writer and performer unlike any other. I can't really
make comparisons but to mention Lennon, Jagger, Plant and Roger Waters when
speaking of Yorke. History repeats itself.
Radiohead couldn't have played a more fitting venue than the Meadow at Stone
Mountain for the Atlanta date. The whole evening was just perfect. Oh, I got
to brush shoulders with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills back stage. They have
great taste in music and friends.
I guess your wondering if I'm going to give you a set list........no. I'm not
that familiar with Radiohead. But I did recognize around seven numbers that
have had frequent air play since '93. And the show they put on has won me
over as the newest Radiohead fan. I can't think of a concert that I've been
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 person
was probably a good thing for me. But I'm going to keep an eye out for film
footage of the band.
That whole thing with Thomes' mobile keyboard coming and going with the
different numbers was really intense. And his facial expressions in the
camera mounted on the keyboard just drags you right into the song with him.
They have two screens that broadcast the members to the whole venue. And the
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.