If you haven't already, check out our photo gallery from last night's show. Yes, it was that good.
Sure, we sent a "reviewer" to the Radiohead show last night -- WILL SPITZ went with the traditional pen and reporters' notebook, having won a last-minue inter-office Sumo match for the right to write the Final Word on the World's Most Important Band. The rest of us, being big interweb dorks and even bigger Radiohead geeks, took our cellphones and txt-chatted straight to our Twitter page during the whole show, thereby making us into total assholes. But look, someone's gotta lead the new-media revolution, right? What are you gonna do, read what the Herald wrote? Or skim our fanboyish, Twitterific play-by-play, NOW UPDATED WITH YOUTUBE CLIPS? Exaaaactly. Here's how it went down according to OTD, MEGAN BELL (who was seeing her third Radiohead show in less than a week!), and CAITLIN CURRAN.
OTD: The entire
obama-voting populations of conn and ri are parked on 495 right now. Grizzlies, c u @ the mfa.
OTD: Just passed
dude holding h-made sign out his sunroof: 'honk if u think beverly crusher is a fox.' Oh, so it's gonna
be like that, is it?
OTD: Just ran
into brendan and dan from mfa in the grizzly
seats. Then had to WAIT IN LINE for boys room. Girls room: no line.
8:45 pmCAITLIN: The
porta potties here are called mr cesspool
8:46 pmOTD: Photogs are
in the pit: band on in moments. Stage: like a giant windchime.
8:47 pm[RADIOHEAD: Reckoner]
8:49 pmCAITLIN: I dig
those red pants on thom
8:55 pmCAITLIN: They
look like they’re inside a giant church organ
8:58 pmCAITLIN: I knew
this was going to be OPTIMISTIC. Its
funny when you can tell which song they’re going to play from only one chord. WILL says he likes when all three of
them play guitar.
9:04 pm[RADIOHEAD: There
9:06 pmMEGAN: Seriously?
I just got to my seat...fucking massholes!
9:08 pmCAITLIN: I’m
trying to commit Thom’s dance moves to memory so I can practice them later.
9:08 pmMEGAN: Three drum
extravaganza (all but colin and thom) on THERE
THERE. Also colin was wearing the same No Age shirt on friday
9:13 pmMEGAN: Patented
crazy thom dancing on 15 STEP ...kinda
looked like the chick from flashdance for a second there
9:16 pmOTD: Radiohead
mood: peachy. How long til someone talks about those Tibet banners on the amps?
9:17 pmOTD: We'll catch
up with the set list eventually. Maybe. Still marvelling how they get away with
rocking synth pads like it's *effort*
9:19 pmMEGAN: More
dancing and tambourine action from thom on KID
A which kicks the recorded versions ass
9:20 pmCAITLIN: This is my
breathless reminder that that song is awesome.
9:22 pmMEGAN: Gorgeous
vocal on NUDE... mesmerizing against
the gold backdrop
9:22 pmCAITLIN: The
video screens are sort of David Lynch-ish. I miss the opening vocals of this
song. The vocals at the end sound like The
9:23 pm[RADIOHEAD: All I
9:26 pmMEGAN: Whats up
w/ the vocals on THE GLOAMING...now
there’s green "raining" lights. Wow this version is cracked out!
Sounds like they're dying. Creepy
OTD: Love the
simplicity of the vertical blinds: windchime, moodlight, LED volume monitor,
prison bars, digital rain: Thom: "It should be raiiiinin’”
9:32 pmMEGAN: Ohhh
yeah... NATIONAL ANTHEM w a red
epileptic light show. who could ask for anything more?
9:40 pmMEGAN: After VIDEOTAPE: "this is for the people
on the hill." Then: JIGSAW
9:41 pmMEGAN: Where do
we go from here? Into a sick version of THE
9:42 pmOTD: That big
dual-rickenbacher chord: holy shit. For a second i thought they were buffalo
9:43 pmCAITLIN: Hooray
for the bends!
9:47 pmOTD: Oopsie. What
are those lyrics again?
9:48 pmMEGAN: Hmm. Thom missed
part of the words to FAUST ARP.oh
well who cares,crowds still going crazy for them
9:49 pmCAITLIN: Least
favorite thing about concerts: when the audience sings something instead of the
9:50 pmMEGAN: Little
white lights floating up and down against a blue backdrop for WEIRD FISHES
9:59 pmOTD relents and
agrees with Caitlin: and this wah-pedal vocal scratch is next level. Now into
the rock the casbah beat?
9:53OTD: In front of
me - 10 rows from stage, mind you - a guy has got binocs trained on the stage,
perhaps to discern amount change in their pockets
9:53OTD: In front of
him, the one guy who still holds up a lighter instead of a cellphone.
9:54 pmOTD: I can't
believe people are clapping to EVERYTHING
IN ITS RIGHT PLACE like it's stadium rock.
9:55 pmCAITLIN: Sick
club version of EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE!
9:57 pmMEGAN: Creepy
mumbling leading into EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACE with blinking pink lights
and chandeliers. i might just have a seizure. But in a good way
10:01 pmMEGAN: Ah! exit
music! I may lose it...the audience is shhing everyone and for good reason.shut
10:03 pmOTD: Started out
with just thom but as the electro burbles and band breaks in people applaud
like it's opera, which maybe it is
10:04 pmOTD: Radiohead's
video cams may be a comment on surveillance, but i think they just figured out they
always look cooler on camera -- even in real time
10:05 pmMEGAN: Oh snap! BODYSNATCHERS!
10:06 pmOTD: I want this
song with more punk and less Can.
10:09 pmOTD: And that's
the end of the set. Anyone want to call the encores?
10:10 pmMEGAN: The main
set is over already? Are you kidding?!?! Fastest hour and a half of my life!
10:13 pmOTD: They're back for HOUSE OF CARDS. Thom deigns to
describe it as "a love song." Well, duh. "I don’t want 2 B yr
friend/just want 2 B your lover” is Prince-worthy simplicity
10:15 pmCAITLIN: This
song would be a good R&B tune.
10:16 pmMEGAN: HOUSE OF
CARDS playing while some middle aged dudes light up behind me
CAITLIN: How does jonny greenwood
make his guitar sound like that?
10:25 pmMEGAN: Yes
yes yes yes awesome version of I MIGHT BE WRONG leading to PARANOID ANDROID...i’m in heaven
RADIOHEAD: I MIGHT BE WRONG (Live Mansfield 08/13/08)
RADIOHEAD: PARANOID ANDROID (Live Mansfield 08/13/08)
10:26MEGAN: Also i
failed to mention this before but thoms tight red pants are hott
10:27 pmOTD: weird thing
about those is they aren't that tight, altho they would be on anyone else.
Thom’s skinny jeans hang 1/2-way down his legs
10:28 pmMEGAN: The stage
is in rainbows!
Paranoid Android ends]
10:29 pmOTD: Most bands,
if they could do what radiohead just did, would just do that. All the fucking
time over and over
10:31 pmCAITLIN: Whats up
with the tibetan flags I wonder?
10:32 pmMEGAN: WOLF AT THE DOOR! They didn't play this
last weekend. Thom pseudo rapping live is a sight to behold
10:33 pmMEGAN: He’s
10:35 pmOTD: Still trying
to figure out camera placement: amazing shot up over the drum cybals blocked
momentarily by jonny-further away than we thought
10:42 pmMEGAN: Oh
god HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY was
gorgeous...come back! Come back!
10:48 pm[THOM YORKE: Cymbal