this show is brought to you by the word ‘teabag’.

yesterday in seattle i met up with josh, his lovely wife janet, mr joe page, and the visiting from minneapolis ginger for the radiohead show at the white river amphitheater. we piled into janet and josh’s prius, thom would be proud of us, five people in a hybrid. as soon as we got on the highway we hit terrible traffic, and unfortunately the traffic tormented us the entire trip. we kept our spirits high by chatting and catching up with everyone. there was also a bit of unsavory joking going on, which we wouldn’t let get old. things brightened up a bit for us when we saw a rainbow, which was rather fitting to see before the show. a trip that should of taken us a little over an hour ended up taking just under three, thanks to the ineptness of the venue management for not fixing the traffic flow problem.

we got to the venue parking lot and we could hear that liars had already started. they started early, have you ever been to a show where that happened? after parking ginger and i ran into the venue to catch as much of  liars as we could. josh and janet stayed at the car to eat some sandwiches and joe had to go find a ticket. ginger and i made it to our seats, which had a great view, when the liars where halfway through their third song. liars are not really what i would call a large venue band, that combined with it still being daylight so they had no light show they didn’t really make big of an impact. it’s hard to be an opening act in a huge venue, but they did the best they could. they are a great live band. you just need to see them in a smaller venue.

after they finished josh called me and we found where he and janet were sitting they had better seats, further to the front and more centered. we also found out that joe scored a great seat in the 100 section right in the middle. all we could do is wait for the crew to set up the stage.

after about twenty minutes the lights went out and radiohead came out, instantly the crowd was on their feet. thom and company were amazing, they get better every time i see them. the live versions of the in rainbows tracks were great, although i have to say the the versions we heard at the berkely shows two years ago were a bit more rocking and alive. as if they heard my wishes they played “talk show host”, they updated it with synths replacing some of the guitars giving it an almost disco feel that the kids are digging nowadays. the noisy new version of “the gloaming”, complete with a white noise interruption, was suprising and awesome. thom and jonny tried to do a intimate acoustic “faust arp”, but thom fumbled a bit, then broke into an impromptu neil young cover before going back to “faust arp”. other highlights were “jigsaw falling into place”, “arpeggi/weird fishes”, and “you and whose army”. thom dedicated “you and whose army” to the people who were part of the wto protests. that song is always great live, largely in part to the way thom plays to the piano mounted camera. and they ended the show with the same song they have ended with the last eight to ten times i’ve seen them, “everything in its right place”, i have no problem with them ending on that song, it is a great high energy song that leaves the crowds screaming. overall the show was completely awesome, although much more mellow than the last few tours have been.

the complete setlist.

01. 15 Step
02. Reckoner
03. Optimistic
04. There There
05. All I Need
06. Pyramid Song
07. Talk Show Host
08. The National Anthem
09. The Gloaming
10. Videotape
11. Lucky
12. Faust Arp
13. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
14. Climbing Up The Walls
15. Dollars and Cents
16. Nude
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. How to Disappear Completely
19. Arpeggi/Weird Fishes
20. Idioteque
21. In Limbo
22. Street Spirit

Encore 2
23. You And Whose Army?
24. No Surprises
25. Everything In Its Right Place

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2 comments
  1. Joe said:

    Well, yet another RH tour comes to pass. I never get to see them enough, I think if I saw them at least 4 times on a tour, I would be somewhat satisfied. I am STILL waiting to see “creep” live! You would think after seeing them seven times, over a period of ten years I would get my wish! Just have to force myself to keep going to see them.

  2. birdantony said:

    neither ‘creep’ nor ‘paranoid android’? I would be disappointed anyway! 😉

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