So, I was talking to my homegirl Muamera at lunch today (who is awesome, by the way; if you have not yet invested in a Muamera of your own I would suggest you do so), and we pretty much came to a consensus about Radiohead’s Lollapalooza set. Obviously, they were pretty amazing – obviously – but they didn’t quite put on the show that diehard fans were hoping for. This was their setlist:

01. 15 Step
02. Airbag
03. There There
04. All I Need
05. Nude
06. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
07. The Gloaming
08. The National Anthem
09. Faust Arp
10. No Surprises
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
12. Reckoner
13. Lucky
14. The Bends
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Fake Plastic Trees
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. Videotape
19. Paranoid Android
20. Dollars and Cents
21. House of Cards
22. Optimistic

Encore 2
23. 2+2=5
24. Idioteque

… which at first seems pretty good, I suppose, but one might notice that they played all of In Rainbows, meaning a disappointing lack of their most brilliant work from OK Computer, Kid A, and Amnesiac (Hail to the Thief had a decent enough showing). The Lollapalooza crowd blew copious amounts of asshole (I got kicked in the head by a crowd surfer during “Everything In Its Right Place;” what the hell is that all about?), and in general seemed pretty ambivilant during the set (in contrast, they were, of course, shitting their pants during Rage Against the Machine and Kanye). Granted, Lollapalooza is a giant music fest filled with people that probably aren’t all that into Radiohead, which is probably what prompted the In Rainbows-filled setlist, but I’m not sure that should necessarily excuse a lack of “Karma Police,”  “I Might Be Wrong,” “Knives Out,” etc. etc. At least we were spared “Creep,” which probably would’ve led to the spontaneous combustion of some 78,000 drunken yuppies dressed like the ultimate corruption of an Urban Outfitters catalogue.

But enough of being an asshole. I camped out for about six hours for their set, which netted me a spot in the fourth row or so, and the experience was amazing. Yes, there were a lot of douchebags, yes I wish they had played a bit more of their pre-In Rainbows stuff, but it is mother fucking Radiohead. It was an experience I will cherish, and I would like nothing more than to see them again in a more intimate setting. For anyone who’s seeing them at a similar venue, I would advise that they weren’t loud enough (I moved from the front right before the second encore, and the drop in sound quality was incredibly noticeable), but other than that, I cannot hold anything against them. It was a brilliant show (the light and video work was astounding), and everyone should experience it at some point.



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