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Radiohead at Lollapalooza

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Posted by admin On August - 2 - 2008

~Z.T.~ It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows. It was the most crowded of any concert I’ve ever seen. A seemingly endless mass of people, many of whom didn’t seem to care about Radiohead. At least from where I was a solid 250 rows further back than when I last saw them. We moved spots a couple times, but it was still constant chatter with little-to-no singing along. And we weren’t allowed to take pics.It was uneven. There were a number of moments that were fantastic, but at least half hour to forty minutes that I didn’t feel guilty sitting down for. The light show was really fantastic though.
They started off with “15 step” as the lights were still bright. Radiohead really needs darkness to create their allure. They played “Airbag” before Thom said, in a stupid sounding fake American accent, “We’re from Eng-uh-land.”

“Radiohead is overrated!” came a shout from near me. I gasped and then realized that, at least for this show, it was true.

“There, There” “You Were All I Need” weren’t just the songs they played. They’re what Thom’s thought bubble may have said to the darkness as it came in at 8:37 as they played “The National Anthem.” Their organ tube-esque long lights were brilliant as they gained steam in the darkness with “No Surprises” and “The Bends” as fireworks exploded behind them and reflected off the buildings.

There were a number of highlights in the back-end of the two-hour show. “Everything in Its Right Place,” with the lights in full use as the lyrics streamed across them on gigantic 30-foot moving displays. It did annoy me that they had the ‘ in it’s, but whatever. They made up for it with “Fake Plastic Trees” in a fireworks climax.

It escalated to georgeous blue light display for “Paranoid Android” as the lights similated a slow rain during the lyrics “Raiiin down. Come on Raaaaiiiin dowwwn on meeee.” They closed with a soft “House of Cards,” and an encore of “2+2=5” and a dazzling “Idioteque.” All in all, a great show, but too many non-Radiohead fans made it a crowded spectacle from way too far back.

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