01. National Anthem
02. Morning Bell
04. Karma Police
05. Knives Out
06. I Might Be Wrong
07. Exit Music
08. My Iron Lung
09. No Surprises
10. Dollars and Cents
12. Fake Plastic Trees
13. Pyramid Song
14. Paranoid Android
16. Everything in its Right Place
-- Encore 1
19. You and Whose Army
20. How to Disappear Completely
-- Encore 2 --
21. Climbing Up the Walls
22. Street Spirit
--Encore 3 (Thom Solo)--
23. True Love Waits
[thanks to James,
Justin & Sean for the setlist]
Thom sang the beginning of Baby Your A Rich man " How does it feel
to be one of the Beautiful People" Before Everything in its right
place and was cracking up barely able to sing it. Very funny and perfect
for Hollywood. I saw Kyle MacLachlan, Andy Dick, Dave Navarro and Carman
Electra at the show. [thanks Doctrow]
Soundcheck set list:
[thanks Sean D.]
1. Knives Out
5. Pyramid Song
6. You And Whose Army
7. Like Spinning Plates
8. I Might Be Wrong
9. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
11. Morning Bell (Kid A)
12. National Anthem
I got to the show
fairly late, after the Beta Band had finished. Outside there were a
lot of fans waiting around, eating food, or talking to each other. As
I finally got seated, DJ Kid Koala came out and introduced himself.
It was around 8 pm or so.
A friend had told
me earlier that the Hollywood Bowl had a curfew of 10:45 pm, which is
why the media wanted the fans to know that the show started earlier.
Anyways, going back to DJ Kid Koala....he did a fairly interesting set.
For those people at the show who grew up watching American children's
educational programs, I recognized one or two "songs" (e.g.
counting to 12) from Electric Company, and a quick sound/sample from
the Muppets Show. At some point he played PULK/PULL Revolving Doors,
which did illicit very little response from the crowd (although I recognized
it right away). A couple of minutes later, he put on Fitter Happier
and mixed it along with a few other records. The rest was fairly boring,
despite his "funny" introduction that he also does weddings
and other special occasions.
Radiohead came on
around 8:50 or so with National Anthem, followed by a great version
of Morning Bell. Based on the numerous bootlegs and gigography listings
that I knew I was expecting some sort of similar order of the songs.
Instead the band threw us all off and proceeded with Optimistic (I recognized
the drop D tuning on the guitar when they played one of the chords).
Forgot what was after that, but they didn't do Packt Like Sardines (quite
My Iron Lung was very
well done, and Knives Out was the best I've heard....the counterpointing
guitars with Ed and Johnny's during the solo just blew me away. When
AIRBAG was played, Thom substituted the verse "In a Neon Sign...scrolling
up and down" with "in a fast, german car" (so he sang
that twice....possibly by accident.
Another cool point
was during Paranoid Android, after "kicking squealing gucci little
piggy", he uttered "oink oink".
Well there were just
too many other tidbits to recount, but the band closed with Street Spirit,
and just when we thought the curfew was in full effect, Thom kindly
came out and mentioned that the following song was one that they were
kicking around a lot in, and proceeded with a brilliant rendition of
True Love Waits.
Other highlights include
Pearly* and Exit Music (which I happen to have experienced for the first
time tonight live). A good variety of Bends through Amnesiac songs....missing
a few good ones, but most of the key ones were played. The crowd was
more well behaved, letting Thom sing Fake Plastic Trees rather than
making unnecessary noises.
By the way a friend
went to the men's room, and on his way out he saw Brad Pitt and Edward
Norton going in. No stargazing for me!
by Gerry Duggan
The bar was set extremely high for the band as I'd seen them three times
previously. Once at the end of OKC, once at the Greek Theatre in Los
Angeles in support of Kid A, and just a few weeks ago in Santa Barbara.
Each time, they were much better live than the time before. I suppose
I shouldn't be shocked that tonight was the best live musical performance
I've ever experienced. The set list is posted above, so I'll just write
down a few thoughts. They roared out of the gate with the National Anthem,
and maintained a blistering, infectious energy for the full two hour
set. Thom smiled, joked, introduced a song as "Freebird", dedicated
another to Monty Python, and even pulled up his shirt...a little something
for the ladies. Colin's jigging made me feel good about my own dance
moves during Idioteque, and Johnny LEAPED back onto the stage to start
one of the encores. At the end of "Everything In.." Thom grabbed a mic
and held it our over the audience. It was a mic set to capture Phil's
drums, which Johnny replaced after Thom left the stage. Johnny literally
spent most of the night headbanging. I might be Wrong saw Johnny headbang
his way all the way across the stage to where Ed was. It was Hollywood,
so at the beginning of Pearly * Thom sang a line or two from another
well-known tune wondering what it's like to be one of the beautiful
people.... Props to Kid Koala, who was fan-fuckingtastic, (he even sampled
a horn flourish from "The Holy Grail") the Beta Band was great, and
I enjoyed them very much. I've never heard live music sound so good,
The Hollywood Bowl's sound equipment must be the best in the world.
A well-rested, and invigorated Radiohead demolished my lofty expectations.
You could hear a pin drop during the quietest moments of "True Love
Waits" (acoustic). I've never seen that many thousands of people respectfully
take in a quiet tune like that. A testament to that song, but also to
the fans, who I think knew that they hearing something special, even
if they didn't know the song. Usually there is at least one retard barking
about something during a song like that. Not tonight. The band really
just seemed like they never wanted to come off the stage. They were
THAT good. CAPITOL: RELEASE THE RECORDING OF THIS NIGHT AS A DOUBLE
LIVE ALBUM! EVERY FAN SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO HEAR THIS SHOW. Much thanks
to W.A.S.T.E. for doing the lottery that afforded me the chance to get
My friend and I arrived fairly early, taking our seats in time for the
Beta Band. Let me preface this by saying that the Bowl is a terribly
overrated venue: the seats are uncomfortable, parking's a nightmare
and worst of all, the acoustics blow. Prior to Radiohead, I'd only ever
seen classical concerts there and one loathsome Barry Manilow show (Mom's
bday, don't ask). The Beta Band definitely got the short end of the
stick as far as sound was concerned and after Dry the Rain we got up
to check out the overpriced merch figuring it wasn't going to get much
better. By the time we got back, Kid Koala was spinning, the sound was
better and his set was pretty cool.
About ten minutes after he finished, Radiohead came on. What can I say?
The last time I saw them was in Oxford, circa 1992. National Anthem,
their first song, was amazing. My friend later told me that it took
him a half-hour to recover from it, tears and all. I didn't get choked
up until Exit Music (no pun intended). In spite of the generally sucky
acoustics, Radiohead sounded incredible--credit where credit is due.
I should add that we were in W.A.S.T.E. seats in section E, so the lucky
people who were dead center may have enjoyed better sound.
Thom's voice was extraordinary: ethereal, powerful and haunting. Phil,
who I had previously considered unexceptional, blew me away. Jonny was
having a blast with his modular synths and other gadgets, while Ed and
Colin were as good as I expected. Thom wasn't very chatty and I sensed
a bit of disdain for the crowd (natch...it's L.A.) but I was there for
the music not the banter. He was fairly amusing during You and Whose
Army though, making funny faces into the piano-mounted cam and later
he worked in a nice dig about California's lack of power and water...I'm
sure he didn't strain himself on that one.
Anyway, back to the music. Knives Out and I Might Be Wrong were wonderful,
so much better and more compelling live than recorded; Exit Music, Fake
Plastic and Pyramid Song were very emotional...wish I'd brought my blankie.
Paranoid Android, National Anthem and Idioteque had me in paroxysms
of delight. I totally get Thom's head shaking, convulsing routine now,
which is to say that I was doing it too; we were all doing it, it just
felt so right. I admit that I was a bit disappointed that they didn't
play Talk Show Host, The Bends, Nude, Lift, Packt or Like Spinning Plates
but you can't have everything. Pearly was a nice surprise and True Love
Waits (Thom solo) was a lovely way to end the show.
All told, a great experience. The crowd was decent although not overly
enthusiastic until the encores. Again, it may have just seemed that
way to me as I was off to one side. Finally, seen and noted: Salma Hayak,
Elijah Wood and some guy who looked eerily like Andy Dick but wasn't.