Strider Posted September 4, 2008 Share Posted September 4, 2008 I've been super busy lately, which is why it is only now I'm posting about these Radiohead shows from a couple weeks ago...but oh well, better late than never. Like Led Zeppelin, Radiohead plays some of their most awesome concerts whenever they play Los Angeles. Recently, they played the Hollywood Bowl for two sold out nights as their American "In Rainbows" tour came to an end in California. I was lucky enough to go both nights, August 24 and 25; had great seats both nights. The first night was great...this tour they've been playing all of In Rainbows, with the rest of the set filled out with nuggets from their back catalog. Like the Black Crowes, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, they change the set list nightly, which rewards the concert goer who sees them more than once. The first night we got some gems like "Exit Music", "Street Spirit", "Paranoid Android" and "Dollars and Cents"(with an incredible light show). But as great as the first night was, the second night was OFF THE CHARTS! Not only did we get three classics from "The Bends": "Fake Plastic Trees", "The Bends" and !"Planet Telex"!(which they hadn't played since the legendary 1998 Universal Amphitheatre show), we got "Karma Police" and "No Surprises"(with its classic line, 'Bring down the government/they don't speak for us'), and one of the best songs from Thom Yorke's solo record, "Cymbal Rush"...but the great delight of the the night came just after "Faust Arp", which Thom and Jonny play on acoustic guitars, when after the song they went into "Tell Me Why", from Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" album. I think I levitated out of my seat, haha! Unlike previous stops on this tour, where they just played partial versions, this was a complete version of the song. And this isn't the first time Radiohead has covered Neil...they've done "After the Gold rush" and "Cinnamon Girl" in the past. Here's a youtube clip of Radiohead's Tell Me Why @ the Hollywood Bowl 8/25/08: These two Bowl concerts just further cemented Radiohead's place among the finest live bands around today...they are in my top 3 easily. The sound was impeccable both nights...and the light show was unique and extraordinary(first night was helped by the fact I took acid with a friend at the show)...at times it seemed the band was underwater or trapped inside walls of flame..."National Anthem", "Dollars & Cents", and "Planet Telex" especially had wicked light shows. Not since the prime of Pink Floyd has a band paid such attention to detail regarding sound and light as Radiohead does now. And when the band played a song like "Pyramid Song"(with Jonny bowing his guitar) or "Reckoner", it was hard not to be moved to tears the way Thom's beautiful voice would strike your soul. If you saw the band on this tour, you know what I mean...it is not for nothing that Gnarls Barkley is already doing a cover of "Reckoner" on their tour this year; it is a great song and a great showcase for anyone who has a good voice. As for the dolts who still think Coldplay, Muse and their ilk are in Radiohead's class, Radiohead left them in the dust long ago, and this tour shows again how they are mere pretenders...hell, Coldplay et al are still aping the Radiohead of The Bends/OK Computer, and that was more than 10 years ago. Comparing Coldplay's LA Forum show this summer to Radiohead's shows is a mismatch; it's like comparing Kiss to Led Zeppelin. Here are the setlists for both Radiohead shows @ Hollywood Bowl: (songs in boldface are setlist changes) Sunday, August 24, 2008 1. 15 Step 2. There There 3. Morning Bell 4. All I Need 5. Pyramid Song 6. Nude 7. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi 8. The Gloaming 9. The National Anthem 10. Wolf at the Door 11. Faust Arp 12. Exit Music (for a Film) 13. Jigsaw Falling Into Place 14. Idioteque 15. Climbing Up the Walls 16. Bodysnatchers 17. How to Disappear Completely Encore 1: 18. Videotape 19. Paranoid Android 20. Dollars & Cents 21. Street Spirit 22. Reckoner Encore 2: 23. House of Cards 24. Lucky 25. Everything In Its Right Place Monday, August 25, 2008 1. Reckoner 2. Optimistic 3. There There 4. 15 Steps 5. All I need 6. Pyramid Song 7. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi 8. The Gloaming 9. Videotape 10. Talk Show Host 11. Faust Arp 12. Tell Me Why (Neil Young cover) 13. No Surprises 14. Jigsaw Falling Into Place 15. The Bends 16. National Anthem 17. Nude 18. Bodysnatchers ENCORE 1: 19. House of Cards 20. Planet Telex 21. Go Slowly 22. Fake Plastic Trees 23. True Love Waits Intro/Everything In Its Right Place ENCORE 2: 24. Cymbal Rush 25. Karma Police 26. Idioteque Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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