Friday, June 8, 2012

Concert Review: Radiohead

I had the immense pleasure and joy of seeing Radiohead perform live this past week, June 6th, at Blossom Music Center. It was a  beautiful summer night for a show, warm and breezy. Radiohead played an epic two hour show, coming back for not one, but two encores! They sounded better than ever, adding a second drummer to the mix (Portishead's Clive Deamer.) They didn't just play a rehearsed show. They played from the heart. The energy was palpable. Soulful and intense. They changed up the set list and added new songs from the previous shows. They debuted "Like Spinning Plates" that night. A favorite of mine! We were treated to old favorites like "Paranoid Android" and "Exit Music For A Film," as well as new tracks like "Identikit" and " Staircase." If the music itself wasn't enough, they outdid themselves with the visual light show. They had 12 different screens floating above the stage, each focused on a different band member. Flashing lights and floating screens provided for a bit of sensory overload, but in just the right way. At one point, Thom repeatedly said "thank you" into the mic and it echoed and reverbed out into the crowd and into the evening, above the dusk sky. Thank you, Thom! What an amazing experience. For a minute there, I lost myself.

The Set List:

15 Step
Kid A
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
I Might Be Wrong
The Gloaming
Like Spinning Plates(tour debut)
Morning Mr. Magpie
Climbing Up the Walls
Lotus Flower
There There
House of Cards
Give Up the Ghost
Exit Music For a Film
Paranoid Android

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