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Friday, September 26, 2003  

Hail to the Thief
Just returned from Radiohead at the Hollywood Bowl! It was a great show, and we had a blast! The Bowl is walking distance from our apartment, which made the whole experience very laid-back and cool. And walking down Highland past Hollywood Blvd it really hit me that I now live in the big city! We arrived at the venue around eight, and missed the opening act's (Supergrass) set, but we got to our seats and not 2 minuets later Radiohead came out and started their two hour set with 2+2=5 from the new album. They really rocked the house, and Thom Yorke's stage presence was really energetic and fun. The set list centered around "Hail to the Thief" with a healthy dose of "OK Computer." They transitioned between the highly textured and electronic material with the paired down Yorke-on-piano numbers, while the light show added to the whole experience, seemingly strobing and pulsating to the energy of the crowd instead of just the music. The high point was defiantly Karma Police during the second encore. Say what you will about the song, but it was what first drew me to the band, and their performance of it was incredible! Hearing eighteen thousand people quietly singing along while Thom played the piano was magical. And they followed that up with one of my top 3 favorite Radiohead songs: Everything in its Right Place, which they drew out into a nearly 10 minute epic of feedback and tonal dissonance. Fucking brilliant! It was the best show I have been to where most of my favorite songs weren't played, and the 2 hour set went by way too fast, but I walked away with new some new favorite songs (and a couple of kick ass shirts!) Over all the show exceeded my expectations, which were very high, and I wish I had tickets for tomorrows show.

posted by JMV | 9/26/2003 01:18:00 AM
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