Makuhari Messe | Chiba (n. Tokyo)| Japan | 17-04-04
Review by Bryan: radiohead played an amazing show
back in august in chiba marine stadium, and I was afraid that the
sound inside the vastness of makuhari messe (basically a concrete
convention center used for trade shows) would be sub par compared
to the outdoor venue they used last time around...the doors opened
at 3, the show began at 5:15 with a solid 2+2=5. the setlist was
well balanced and full of absolute winners (lucky, fake plastic,
just, where I end, karma police, etc.) "fake plastic trees"
was especially appreciated by the japanese crowd, and most of them
seemed to get the words right to that one. other highlights include
thom wincing at the camera perched on his piano and then laughing
during "you and who's army" causing them to repeat a verse.
the haunted demeanor and sampled japanese radio signal of "climbing
up the walls" contorted into the intro for "national anthem"
in what was easily my favorite part of the show. I would pay for
a bootleg just so I could hear that again. had this been the first
time that I saw radiohead live I'm sure that I would have left it
completely mesmerized. surely they were very very good on saturday,
but I have seen them perform better. I left feeling that the first
night was an average radiohead show. that being said, it goes without
saying that an average radiohead is still better than most anyone
else at their very best. still, I felt very lucky to have a ticket
for sundays show...
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