The main story is that Radiohead rocked the Bank of America Pavilion last night in front of 5,000 adoring fans. The side story is that I was put on the guestlist by Thom Yorke himself, and I sat seven rows from the stage.
I was walking out of my favorite Thai resturant with a Chaing Mai Lettuce Wrap and motherfucking Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are waiting in line for a table! All I could do was shake Thom's hand and wish him a good dinner. When I got home to eat on my floor, my girlfriend (also known as Alex) suggested we go back and try and get his autograph on one of our copies of OK Computer. Of course, I thought it was a bad idea but she insisted. And she was right.
She ran in, got the CD signed, and got Thom to put us on the list for the show. She even told him we had heard The Eraser
! Very gutsy. It seemed almost too good to be true, so we went to the Bank of America Pavilion half expecting to not get in. But we did, and we were very, very close to the stage. And the show was great.
Willy Mason, who, by the way, just graduated from high school in West Tisbury, almost stole the show. I'd say he had a "Springsteen-esque voice but better". Nobody seemed to care that he was there, but I loved him. He even waved back when I said hi.
And then Radiohead. Thom insulted Clear Channel and danced around the stage like a lazy-eyed monkey on K. It was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the re-worked "Gloaming" and all of the new stuff. The girl next to me was upset that they didn't play "Creep", but I didn't care. I enjoyed myself and it seemed like the band did too. Very rare. Set list below:
Dollars And Cents
The National Anthem
House of Cards
Bangers 'n Mash
How To Disappear Completely
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Everything In Its Right Place
4 Minute Warning
My Iron Lung
has posted every new song the band has played on the tour here
. I recommend "Videotape".