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Posted in music on January 25, 2010
"Sing along," Thom Yorke told the audience at the Henry Fonda Theater on Sunday night, in case "I forget the words." He didn't, and he and Radiohead proceeded to give the crowd an incandescent version of "Fake Plastic Trees," the rousing second song in a show that was the hottest ticket in town -- and a noble one at the same time.Radiohead's Haiti benefit on Sunday night raised a reported $573,000 for Oxfam Haiti. The band took a break from recording their eighth album to play the show. The minimum bid for tickets, which were sold via auction, was $475.
One of the most esteemed bands in the world has been in Los Angeles recording new music (their presence has been one of the worst kept "secrets" in recent music history), and after the staggering calamity in Haiti, the band was inspired to stage an impromptu benefit show.
The highlight? Pick one. Perhaps the solo piano rendition of "Everything in It's Right Place." The piano was pushed center-stage for Yorke, who seemed to be invigorated by the low-pressure forum and, perhaps, by the heartfelt ethos.
"It's like a memory exercise," Yorke said of a show that dipped into the band's seven-album catalog. [LA Times]
Videos and their set list are below...
Radiohead "Everything In Its Right Place" live at Fonda (Haiti relief)
Radiohead - "Morning Bell" (1.24.10 Haiti Benefit in LA)
Radiohead "Weird Fishes" live 1.24.10 Henry Fonda Music Box
Radiohead January 24th at the Fonda in L.A. set list (via)
01 Faust Arp
02 Fake Plastic Trees
03 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
04 The National Anthem
06 Karma Police
07 Kid A
08 Morning Bell
09 How To Disappear Completely
10 A Wolf at the Door
11 The Bends
15 Dollars & Cents
17 Exit Music
18 Everything In Its Right Place (Thom)
19 You And Whose Army?
20 Pyramid Song
21 All I Need
22 Lotus Flower
23 Paranoid Android
24 Street Spirit (fade out)