01. The National Anthem
02. Morning Bell (Kid A)
04. Karma Police
05. Knives Out
06. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
07. Exit Music (For A Film)
08. No Surprises
09. Dollars And Cents
10. I Might Be Wrong
11. Climbing Up The Walls
12. Talk Show Host
13. Pyramid Song
14. Paranoid Android
16. Everything In It's Right Place
18. My Iron Lung
20. How To Disapear Completely
21. You And Whose Army
23. Fake Plastic Trees
by Francois Pouliot
Les points forts de la soirée sont nombreux. Un show visuellement
intéressant par des jeux d'éclairage efficaces et des
"web-cams" qui nous permettaient d'être très
intime avec Tom... surtout lorsqu'il était au piano! J'ai été
très impressionné par les versions LIVE des chansons de
Kid A et de Amnesiac. La plus surprenante fut certes celle de Pack Like
Sarines In The Crushed Tin Box.... WOW! Mes moments magiques furent
durant Idiotheque pour l'énergie déployée sur scène
et l'enchaînement des pièces How To Disapear Completely
et You And Whose Army. Ce furent des moment "planants" pour
nous transporter dans le monde des rêves! Un seul mince regret
et de ne pas avoir eu la chance d'entendre Street Spirit ... ce sera
pour une prochain fois je l'espère!!!
by Chris Clark
DISCLAIMER- The following
is an honest, critical review from someone with a
little bit of experience who might know a little more. It does not contain
blubbering about loving Radiohead to pieces or claims of Radiohead being
"the most influential band of all-time". This is a concert
review based on
the concert that took place in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau on August
2001- not on previous shows and or recordings or anything else.
As far as I know,
there is no such thing as Radiohead doing a bad show but
if there is such a thing as a bad Radiohead show [in comparison to others
done by the band] then the Montreal show on Sunday may be an example
Maybe "bad" is too strong of a word for arguably the best
live act going,
but it was definitely sub-par. It should be noted that the lacking was
no fault of the band themselves who were more than impressive with both
their enthusiasm and skill- as usual.
The unusual, however,
came with the very first note of the set-opener, 'The
National Anthem', and maintained throughout to the end of the third
COLIN WAS TOO LOUD! Now of course it's hard to be too loud for a track
'Anthem' but it was soon more than evident that the sound boys let us
on this one. As the band carried on into 'Morning Bell' the rest of
crowd carried on into denial as Colin's bass drowned and squashed, making
some notes utterly inaudible. Again, this was not his fault. The band
no idea how screwed the sound was and apparently the audience didn't
I guess I know how it is though. You finish paying for the ticket, you
and you anticipate and you build up the show in your mind. Finally,
comes you've already convinced yourself that it has been the greatest
of ever before it's even begun. Well sorry kids, you got gypped.
I'm not saying that
it destroyed the whole show- far from it. Tracks like
'Packt' and other louder tracks from the set and encores were basically
undisturbed. 'Climbing Up The Walls' was spectacular and Sunday night
easily the greatest performance of 'Idioteque' I have seen or heard
anywhere. Songs like 'No Surprises' and 'Everything In Its Right Place',
however, suffered under the loud thudding bass. 'How to Disappear' was
The highlights of
the show were definitely the final two encores. After a
great interactive performance of 'You And Whose Army?' with Thom taunting
the crowd through the piano-cam, the band was already to kick into what
most certainly going to be 'The Bends' based on the stage set-up and
set-lists from the tour. That is until someone yelled to Thom from the
Thom - "Huh?
Did someone say cheers???"
Ed - "No, they
Thom - "Oh, you
wanna hear 'Just'? OK."
And with that the
band switched up guitars and ripped into a show-stopping
performance of 'Just' that blew the crowd out of the water and sent
screaming to the top of their lungs. Amazing. Again, they put down their
instruments and headed back-stage.
It looked like nothing
was going to be able top that one until they came
back out for the third encore and final song of the evening. 'Fake Plastic
Trees'- a flooring performance that included two broken strings for
who somehow figured out how to carry out the track without missing a
It was a brilliant finish to a good night at the Parc.
I've seen quite a
few bands and in them quite a few great performers-
R.E.M., Pearl Jam, NIN, STP, U2. I've seen Radiohead now three times
three different cities in the past year. Friday night in my hometown
Barrie, ON was the best show I've seen them do and the best show I've
anyone do. Sunday night in Montreal was the worst show I've seen them
It was a good night, not a great night.
by Ian Nathanson(for
Very few bands can boast a loyal fan base who are able to grow with
a group that is dead-set on plugging new material, rather than revisiting
their past glories.
Then again, there
are very few bands like Radiohead.
Barely any convincing
was necessary for the 20,000 who congregated last night at Jean Drapeau
Park, on Montreal's Ste. Helene Island, to be seduced by the Oxford,
England quintet, whose latest foray in a category-defying genre of (for
lack of a better term) rock eschews your basic catering-to-radio formula.
Hence, to think Creep
or High and Dry would even be touched during the band's two-hour set
-- drawn largely from last year's seminal Kid A and its kid brother
Amnesiac, released this past June -- missed the exercise completely.
Or did it? Against
the weight of such electronica-based monsters as Packt Like Sardines
In A Crushd Tin Box from Amnesiac and Kid A's Everything In Its Right
Place, second-encore surprise Fake Plastic Trees (from 1995's The Bends)
almost seemed far too commercial. Yet to drop it in as a show-closer
once in a while doesn't hurt -- for the fans' sake, anyway.
But then, Radiohead
always have been chock full of surprises. Compared to the dour treatment
frontman Thom Yorke, multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood, his bassist
brother Colin Greenwood, guitarist Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway
came across vis-a-vis the Grant Gee-directed flick Meeting People Is
Easy -- filmed during Radiohead's 1997-98 OK Computer tour -- last night's
visit was far more upbeat.
Musically, and visually.
Two giant screens
on either side of stage showed every move, every smile, every wince.
The collage of players resembled, at best, an European art film, at
worst, a well-placed security camera. Yorke in particular had fun with
the "piano-cam," pointing out all the insects on the white
keys before launching into a riveting Pyramid Song.
Riveting doesn't tell
the half of it. From the opening one-two-three punch of The National
Anthem, Morning Bell and OK Computer's Airbag, the star of the show
was, in essence, the band.
Yorke's vocals rang
crystal clear among the park audience, Jonny Greenwood's guitar, keyboards
and sonic effects hit all the right grooves, Selway's time-perfect drum
beats, with O'Brien and Colin Greenwood rounding out the precise rhythm
section, struck all the right notes, in all the right places. Faults,
if any, would only stir minor quarrels.
Fact is, much of the
new material -- with honourable mentions to the rockin' I Might Be Wrong,
Yorke's head-about-to-explode techno-crazy Idioteque and ethereal You
and Whose Army? -- was greeted with the kind of loud cheering usually
reserved for the likes of Karma Police and that epic-of-all-epics, Paranoid
Android, which garnered likely the loudest response on the audience-meter.
With all the trappings
of a bona fide live show -- bouncing strobes, illuminating fluorescent
bulbs and a coat of many screen colours -- there was little doubt that
Radiohead have raised the bar on live performance.
Let's hope that Radiohead
-- and perhaps Montreal turntablist extraordinaire Kid Koala and Scotland's
The Beta Band -- will be full of future surprises in the years to come.
Wow! What can I say? They rocked!!! They played everything from old
to new, which kind of surprised me. After reading interviews and stuff
online it seemed to me that they aren't too fond of their old work.
I guess I was wrong!!! "National Anthem" was a perfect opener,
it really got the crowd going early! "Talk Show Host" was
definitely another welcome surprise!! They rocked the park with "Paranoid
Android". Playing ''Just" out of the blue because a fan requested
it was incredible! That song was flawless!! And what a perfect choice
to close the set, "Fake Plastic Trees"!! Geez I can go on
forwever! I loved every song they played!
If I could add two disappointments, it would be that they didn't play
my favourite song, "Subterranean Homesick Alien", and they
kinda slowed down "My Iron Lung" and "Paranoid Android",
but don't get me wrong, the good points of this show FAR outweighed
the bad! Great show, guys!! It was by far the best concert I've seen!!!