I still haven’t accepted the fact that holy shit I just saw Radiohead. I’d accepted long ago that it just wasn’t going to happen, that the band would retire before ever coming to Australia again, so I feel a bit blessed to have actually been able to pick up tickets (at retail, even!).
Boondall Entertainment Centre is a huge venue, and Radiohead brought an impressive stage show to match it, with a host of screens suspended above the stage, shifting position for each song and alternating between fractal slices of the band’s performance or appropriate footage. As impressive as it was, I would have loved a smaller venue – not all of Radiohead’s songs are suited to a stadium rock atmosphere.
The set skewed towards more recent songs. I can’t do it justice in two hundred words, but the highlights for me were:
– A skittery performance of “Feral”
– Amnesiac ‘s “You and Whose Army” and “Pyramid Song” (Goosebumps!)
– An improvisational, astounding performance of “Everything in Its Right Place” that gradually morphed into a searing rendition of my favourite Radiohad song, “Idioteque.”
The show went for over two hours, and I would have happily stayed for twice that. Magnificent.