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Old 09-29-2003, 06:18 PM   #121
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Old 09-30-2003, 11:55 AM   #125
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Review from my local paper re: Sunday's RH show:






POP MUSIC REVIEW
Radiohead devotees get a mind-bending experience

The English band rocks in first local concert in 8 years


By George Varga
POP MUSIC CRITIC

September 30, 2003


Feelings of dread and alienation have seldom sounded so acute and liberating as in the music of Radiohead, whose Sunday night concert at Coors Amphitheatre seemed to revel in and transcend those extremes.

This band of moody visionaries transformed existential angst into vehicles for musical catharsis. Performing with understatement one moment, rocking with fist-pumping rage the next, the subversive English quintet made its first San Diego show in eight years a night to remember.

The group took to the stage following a lively set of neo-power-pop by fellow Brit band Supergrass. Led by singer Thom Yorke, Radiohead opened with "2+2=5" and "Sit Down. Stand Up," the first two numbers from its latest album, "Hail To the Thief" (a title inspired by George W. Bush's still-controversial 2000 election to the presidency).

Both provided a template for much of the mind-bending concert that would follow by Yorke, guitarist-keyboardist Jonny Greenwood, guitarist Ed O'Brien, bassist Colin Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway. Each song started slowly and gently, built up in tempo and intensity, then shifted back and forth again.

It was a stunning display of tension and release, of challenging listeners. And it perfectly underscored the band's lyrical focus on what Bob Dylan once described as "Desolation Row."

Or as Yorke sang during the flamenco-tinged "2+2=5," in a voice that was equal parts doubt, desperation and defiance:

It's the devil's way now / There is no way out / You can scream and you can shout / It is too late now / Because you have not been paying attention / Paying attention! / Paying attention!

"Sit Down. Stand Up" was just as ominous, as Yorke intoned: Walk into the jaws of hell / Anytime, anytime / We can wipe you out / Anytime, anytime.

On paper, this might read like the start of an unrelentingly depressing night. At least it might to those unfamiliar with Radiohead's artful brand of uncompromising music, which in recent years has seen the band abandon conventional verse-chorus-verse song structures in favor of quirky, densely layered compositions that draw more from electronica, avant-jazz and contemporary classical music than rock.

But Sunday's nearly two-hour performance was ultimately uplifting, not a dissonant descent to doomsday. In Radiohead's brooding anti-anthems, liberation is achieved by finding the hidden beauty beneath life's ugly truths and by confronting the pain of everyday existence to rise above it.

With Yorke at the helm, the band and the sold-out crowd of almost 20,000 bonded in such stark yet stirring songs as "We Suck Young Blood" and "The Gloaming." The band's repertoire featured a generous array of songs from "Hail To the Thief," a proudly uncommercial album that grows better with each listen and is a strong contender for Album of the Year honors. Also included were such past Radiohead favorites as the rousing "Paranoid Android," the little-heard 1996 b-side "Talk Show Host" (with its Woody Allen-inspired refrain: I want to be someone else), and the show's penultimate selection, "Karma Police."

Yorke, who frequently bounded across the stage, playfully dedicated "Karma Police" to "the full Hollywood experience" he and the band underwent last week during their two-day stint at the Hollywood Bowl.

Dismissed by some as an artistic manic-depressive, Yorke's hyperactive antics were as welcome as they were unexpected. He repeatedly mugged and arched his eyebrows during "You and Whose Army?", one of several songs that found him singing while playing piano.

The crisp sound mix demonstrated anew that bands playing at Coors can achieve sonic excellence, if they take the time and money to do so. The tall, thin video screens to either side of the stage were well-employed. But unlike the eye-popping stage lighting, the screens did not always project clearly, especially to the thousands of fans on the lawn at the rear of the venue.

Then again, that may have been a deliberate move from a band whose fifth encore Sunday, "How to Disappear Completely," reaffirmed its desire to make big statements in small ways.
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THe Set list for the San Diego show was awesome:

SETLIST
01 2+2=5
02 sit down. stand up
03 where i end and you begin
04 lucky
05 myxomatosis
06 kid a
07 sail to the moon
08 talk show host
09 paranoid android
10 just
11 no surprises
12 go to sleep
13 scatterbrain
14 you and whose army?
15 idioteque
16 the gloaming
17 there there

Encore #1:
18 pyramid song
19 the national anthem
20 a punchup at a wedding
21 how to disappear completely

Encore #2:
22 karma police
23 everything in its right place

It was my frist time seeing them and I was so excited, they put on an incredible show, just amazing, it's all I can say.
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Old 10-04-2003, 12:54 PM   #127
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i'm finally getting to see them. YAY!!!!!

i was suppose to see them in west palm beach but the dates for my vacation got a bit screwed up.

now cause of the big blackout in TO they re-scheduled to a date after i move up there (Oct 15) which is great cause i'm seeing them and the strokes the night before.

i got GA which kinda sucks cause i'm so short but i don't mind cause i'm finally going to see karma police live.
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Old 10-06-2003, 10:50 PM   #128
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Sweet Tart, I also have GAs for Toronto. I also have extra Toronto tix in the stands (section 123, rows 16 and 18, if anybody is interested).

Oh, I work at the Hershey Centre where The Strokes have their show. I'm not scheduled to work that night, though, at least not yet.
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I have a great soundboard recording from the San Diego show if anyone's interested.
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Old 10-09-2003, 08:11 AM   #130
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anyone have a lead on tickets tonight at Madison Sqaure Garden?


It just so happens that I will be in the NY area...I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go.
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Big Grin and the children first...

OK, I just got a phone call from Lucky Bastard (aka Zoney) who wanted me to inform everyone here that he is at MSG, awaiting another mind blowing set tonight. As I was talking to him he was buying beer and a hotdog, hehe.

We'll be hearing details tomorrow, and he'll also be Fed-Exing Ed to my house
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glad mr. zoney got some tix.
i swear, i could see these guys every damned night.
and i'd NEVER get sick of them.
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meh.

FedEx said something about packages over 150 pounds being "cargo" and I had to call there "Cargo" department.

They weren't open. Sorry.

Show was pretty awesome.....I was pissed at the crowd that was making crappy remarks to Low (the opening band from Duluth, Minn. - I was pretty pumped when I saw their name up on the MSG marquee...they are close friend with my cousin).

I would say the Wisconsin show was better, but they played some unique songs last night. I need to look at the setlist.

More later!
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Woohoo! I'm so glad you got to go!
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setlist:
01 2+2=5
02 sit down. stand up
03 where i end and you begin
04 kid a
05 backdrifts
06 morning bell
07 my iron lung
08 i might be wrong
09 lurgee
10 sail to the moon
11 paranoid android
12 a punchup at a wedding
13 go to sleep
14 the gloaming
15 idioteque
16 fake plastic trees
17 there there

Encore #1:
18 you and whose army?
19 national anthem
20 a wolf at the door
21 how to disappear completely

Encore #2:
22 karma police
23 true love waits (thom solo)
24 everything in its right place

notes: 'karma police' and 'true love waits' were NOT on the setlist. in their place was 'airbag' which was not played.
From ateaseweb.

Damn...seems like I was close to seeing "Airbag."

It was a great show. The New York crowd was LOUD, although, it seemed as if Thom had to encourage them to "get into it." Or, that's what it seemed like from my seats.

I would have liked to hear Myomatosis and We suck Young Blood (especially with a New York crowd clapping in unison).

Before The Gloaming, Thom did this whole "New York City" bit. After all, the city is dark and dirty...just like the song.
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