adriaan@ateaseweb.com

03-08-01

Molson Park, Barrie/Toronto, Canada



01. national anthem
02. morning bell
03. airbag
04. my iron lung
05. exit music
06. packt like sardines in a crushd tin box
07. karma police
08. pyramid song
09. no surprises
10. knives out
11. dollars & cents
12. paranoid android
13. street spirit
14. idioteque
15. everything in it's right place
--1st Encore--
16. lucky
17. you and whose army
18. talk show host
19. nude
-- 2nd Encore--
20. how to disappear completely
21. pearly
22. the bends
--3rd Encore--
23. the tourist

Thom dedicated Airbag to the oil companies. He dedicated Packt like Sardines to all the people who got stuck in traffic on the way up (which meant a lot). It was a full moon and a very clear night. In the middle of the set, Thom pointed to the moon and said "Isn't that beautiful? Ok, here's the plan. Everyone start saving money now. In 50 years, we'll all be able to afford to go live there. Because this place is fucked." Thom said that "Big Ideas" was a request from a guy in the front row. He introduced Talk Show Host as a dirty song. During all of You and whose army Thom was mugging for the piano camera, which had the crowd in hysterics. He said that The Bends was a song "to put everyone off ever being in a band." [thanks John] During 'The Bends' thom said "i wish it was the 60's, i wish we were Oasis, I wish....." [thanks Matt]

the band hesitated before starting talk show host and thom asked them "okay then which one are we playing? we'll do the dirty one second.." (meaning nude). also they made some mistakes during nude which made thom prompt "third verse" while looking at ed who seemed lost.. when i mentioned their performance of nude to colin later that evening he was really
embarrassed and said they were still practising..

some soundcheck notes: (no order) like spinning plates (!) the band were obviously still rehearsing this because it was mostly thom on piano calling out chord changes while the rest of them tried to keep up. it sounded very cool, quite similar in some ways to the recorded version though it seemed thom was actually singing words the whole time.

idioteque - thom kept shouting for more snare and then forced jonny to stay afterwards and fiddle with his drum machine till it was just right. but during the performance he kept gesturing to jonny for more of this or that, though jonny never turned around. they also played bulletproof... in the soundcheck which was gorgeous. [thanks Vanessa]



By KIERAN GRANT (for Jam!)

If Radiohead have lingering doubts about their latest album, Amnesiac, they might consider unleashing a live recording of last night's show at Molson Park in Barrie to settle the score.

An exaggeration, maybe. But for all the mixed reactions to Amnesiac -- specifically, the ongoing squabble among supporters as to whether the album is yet another work of art-rock genius or an overblown EP with three good tracks on it -- the Oxford, U.K., band's newest work held up remarkably well alongside previously road-tested giants from last year's KIDA, 1997's O.K. Computer, and '95s The Bends.

With last year's stunning, scaled-down show at the Air Canada Centre still a fresh memory, Radiohead expanded the tone of that appearance to fill Molson Park's leafier surroundings, and wash over a sold-out crowd of 25,000 (capacity was scaled back from the venue's usual standard of 35,000, making things notably more comfortable in the crowd).

Of course, the vast-open space meant that the group had to observe at least one concert tradition in the form of two jumbo screens. Even those visuals got an inventive treatment: Numerous tiny, immobile cameras were planted around the stage, and the scratchy, claustrophobic black-and-white images they transmitted looked more like footage from a security tape than from a splashy rock show.

With the band cranking out a tense set in the middle, it was a bit like simultaneously watching a live concert and a German art film. Only during the encore, for a version of Amnesiac tune You And Whose Army, did frontman Thom Yorke finally acknowledge a camera -- back to the audience at a piano, staring straight into its lens and therefore into the eyes of everyone watching and cooing a creepy serenade.

Yorke, for his part, seemed more at ease, less self-conscious, than in the past. That is to say, he still looked as if his head was going to explode, but he seemed relaxed about it, shifting and twitching like some electrified gear while guitarist Jonny Greenwood, guitarist-singer Ed O'Brien, bassist Colin Greenwood, and drummer Phil Selway -- the latter two having evolved into a surprisingly fluid, deceptively funky rhythm section -- worked buzzingly around him.

From the first flex of opening tune The National Anthem, the band set a pace that was sustained for the duration of the two-hour-plus set.

And, having locked into a watertight harmony, the band was even free to swing out a bit within that, whether on the fuzz-bass propelled Pakt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box and the anthemic, singalong hits Karma Police and Paranoid Android, or the loping, ghostly jazz pulse of Pyramid Song.

Chalk it up to a sound mix that was leagues ahead of the open-air standard, but Jonny Greenwood's presence came across as vividly as Yorke's, his clanging guitar patterns resting just above the other instruments and becoming another voice in the process.

Short of echoing the usual, slavishly positive reviews that greet Radiohead each time they've played these parts, this is a band who, having long since entered their prime, have raised the performance bar on themselves once again.

A keeper.

Prior to a brief set by Montreal turntablist Kid Koala, Scottish openers The Beta Band offered an ideal companion set earlier in the evening, easing their way through half-a-dozen electro-folk-rock sketches, including best-known tune Dry The Rain -- wisely included for the newcomers in the crowd -- Inner Meet Me, Dr. Baker, and Squares.

By Colin Hatfield

The Radiohead show at Molson park was amazing. Beta Band was alright, and Kid Koala was good, using some sick Radiohead samples among others, but Radiohead, as always, delivered the goods, and the goods was solid gold.

They opened up with National Anthem (no suprise there), but then continued with Morning Bell and My Iron Lung. I was trying to keep track of the songs and the order, but after another 15 songs (that's right, 15!!!) I lost count, gave up, and continued enjoying the show.

Thom was in a playful mood, wandering around the stage, staring with his arms at his sides at the 25000+ crowd that went nuts everytime he walked to thier side/snag a song/ spoke etc... The setup had two huge LED sets that displayed different camera angles of the band super imposed over each other during the set. During You and whose army, it went to just one image where we saw Tom's face as he sang over the piano (his back was to the crowd, which he indicated with his thumb). Smiling google-eyed into the camera as he sang, 25000 people saw the lighter side of Thom. Very enjoyable.

For two hours and fifteen minutes, including 3, count 'em, 3 encores Radiohead performed, calling upon amazing song after song. I don't know the order save a few, but these are the songs I remember being played:

-National Anthem
-Morning Bell (Kid A version)
-My Iron Lung
-Airbag
-Karma Police
-Lucky (personal favourite)
-No Surprises
-Paranoid Android
-The Tourist
-Dollars & Cents (personal favourite)
-I might be wrong
-knives out
-packt like sardines in a crushd tin box
-Pyramid Song
-You and whose army
-Pearly
-Everything in it's right place
-How to disappear completely and never be found
-Idioteque
-Optomistic
-Street Spirit
-The Bends
-Big Ideas (Nude) (another personal favourite
-Talk Show Host

That's 24 songs, an endurance run for the high energy performance I saw. They closed with The Tourist, the one song for the third encore. It's a weird song to close with but I think they did it for the crowds and securities benefit as the place was packed and everyone had been riled up the entire night.

All in all, Radiohead reconfirmed my belief as being the best live performing band in the world, a title I gave them when I first saw them at the ACC. To this day, I curse myself for not having gone seen them at Maple Leafs Area or Arrow Hall for the OK Computer tour with my friend. The lesson: when Radiohead is in town, make sure you get the day off, because it's the best show going.

By Ted Mitrousis

I went to Radiohead at Molson park.. We got there
around 1 pm. They said the doors will open at 3 but
didnt till like 4. Then we got to the other gates to
where They would play. When we got to the final gates
i heard Radiohead playing, "like Spinning plates"
Sounded great, They played more at the sound check.
After every song the crowed cheered. And finally when
the doors opend at 6:30 we got in. I was like 10-15
yards away from the stage Great view. Beta band hit
the stage, I think they sucked! I just didnt like it
at all. The DJ kid something was pretty good, he
played some of "Pulk/pull revolving doors" the crowed
loved that. Finally at 9pm Radiohead hit the stage.
They started off with the usally "National Anthem". My
god it was CRAZY and such good sound!. It sounded
perfect. The crowed really got into it. Then they
played "Morning bell" Once again Perfect. After that
was "Airbag" This was 1 highlight of the show i
thought, everyone was singing along and going nuts.
More highlights were "Idioteque", "Paranoid Android".
Idioteque made everyone jump and dance just like Thom
did, To me Paranoid Android was the best song of the
night. It was Just perfect, the lights the guitars the
drums everything! When Radiohead played Nude i was
going nuts, i love that song, and knew they didnt play
it much. Overall it was the best concert i have ever
seen, it was just amazing. If anyone misses a
Radiohead concert you should feel sad, its just
something so great and worth every bit of traveling
you have to do, I had to drive 6 hours and I would do
it again!