Posted in music | pictures on April 6, 2010

photos by Bao Nguyen

"Sorry I did fall asleep cause I was resting from such an amazing show! I'm wide awake now!" - Bao

Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace

"The line in front of Roseland Ballroom stretched around the corner of 52nd Street and up Broadway but moved along quickly. The band's ticketless method to limit scalping seemed to work without too many headaches. Flying Lotus was on the wheels when I walked in spinning chilled-out techno but it's tough to build a groove when the sound system is popping and cracking like a blown speaker, what a shame. Sound improved toward the end of his set and he closed with 'Idioteque'.

Atoms for Peace took the stage as a 6-piece with Thom Yorke at piano and a guest horn player center stage (he would depart after 2 songs). They opened with 'The Eraser' and two things became immediately clear: 1) the sound was now perfect and 2) Flea would add some SoCal funk/punk to the set. With blue hair and a white tee (the rest of the band was in black), he was immediately wiggling/dancing across the stage laying it on thick. The set was comprised mostly of songs from The Eraser but included some Radiohead and some new songs as well." [Blackraptor]

As promised, here are the pictures from last night's show at Roseland Ballroom (and some from the after-show party in the mezzanine). They continue below...

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More about this show and the setlist, HERE.

(sorry no Flying Lotus pics, they wouldn't let Bao take any pictures then).

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Comments (58)

How long until we get "jackasses who talk during Thom Yorke solo songs"-less ticketing?

Posted by Dog Armstrong | April 6, 2010 12:36 PM

poor bao!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:36 PM

Nice pic of Stipe and Flea!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:37 PM

Great pics as usual Bao!

P.S. Pic between David Byrne and Paul Rudd....is that the guy from the Strokes?

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | April 6, 2010 12:37 PM

in pics:
Antony, Joan Wasser, Michael Stipe, Nickel Eye, Paul Rudd, Flea, David Byrne

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:46 PM

The horn player is Christian Scott. He covers "The Eraser" on his new album.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:46 PM

what time did Atoms for Peace go on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:55 PM

9:10

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 12:58 PM

Excuse me but does anyone know of any good happy hour specials in the area of the Roseland venue? Preferably some sort of 2 for Tuesday drink specials or maybe 1 beer and 1 shot for 1 low price for Tuesday Happy Hour? Please let me know. Thanks.

Posted by anonymous2 | April 6, 2010 1:01 PM

At times It was no awesome I did feel like it was sounded like afrobeat from another planet which I liked.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:02 PM

Anyone there last night - if i can't get there early, am i better off just showing up at 9?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:06 PM

ol' googly eyes

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:08 PM

The song IS called "Chris Hodge" --my friend (who tipped BV) and a few others saw it on his setlist,

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:22 PM

Does anyone know if I can pick up my tickets early (like 6pm) and then come back? I don't want to actually enter until around 9pm and I have to hand off tix to a friend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:50 PM

LOL at 11:40

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:53 PM

thom is looking more and more like me everyday, and that's not a good thing for him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:54 PM

for happy hour, check out anywhere in hell's kitchen, tons of bars along 9th avenue in the 50s w/ great drink specials

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 1:55 PM

1:50 - they weren't letting anyone hand tickets off last night, you had to swipe your card and go right in.

and 1:06 i'd recommend getting there earlier. by the time thom went on the place was so packed it was almost impossible for me to get back to the bar. you won't get anywhere near the stage if you wait til 9...

Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2010 2:03 PM

LL Cool T (Lazy Lid Cool Thom)makes some good guitar faces.

Posted by Eggs1234 | April 6, 2010 2:08 PM

Whoever Tom YOrk is, he's a douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 2:13 PM

cindy sherman w/david byrne

Posted by iprefertoreamainanonymous | April 6, 2010 2:21 PM

While it was a close battle, I think Thom overall beat Flea in their ongoing dance contest. That said, Flea is so much fun to watch on stage. Hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 2:24 PM

FYI, yesterday, once the line started moving at 6pm, the security came down the line and asked who had fan club tix, pulled them out of the line, and brought them to the front.

Also, I got in line at about 4:15 and managed to get on the front rail, albeit all the way right (Flea's side) by the speakers.

Posted by Qbertplaya | April 6, 2010 2:25 PM

Does anyone know how the listening experience was from the Mezzanine? Also, is it possible to see from the Mezzanine?

I got stuck with MEZZ tix and I don't know whether that is a good or bad thing.

Posted by Dan | April 6, 2010 2:53 PM

I was up at the Mezz for a show once and it is surprisingly decent. A lot less crowded and it is a unique perspective. You can get a spot all the way on the side of the mezz near the stage and be a mere few feet from the stage behind the vip area with not too much before hand waiting!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 3:04 PM

flea is gross and pointless

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM

^^3:29 wasn't at the show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM

I thought mezz was all vip! It looked a lots less crowded, I think you lucked out. Kid next to me had a claustro panic attack, the floor is a sardine can.

Posted by clairepetrol | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM

Serious question: did Flea integrate with the band's overall, or was he in bass-poppin' Chili Pepper-mode? Thank you for any information.

Posted by Brian | April 6, 2010 3:55 PM

Place was packed. Shame b// they put on a show. There is another bar past the stage to the left that was completely deserted though. Go there for drinks.

Posted by Dave | April 6, 2010 3:58 PM

is there a different line for fan club (waste tickets)? is there any difference between them and ticketmaster tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:01 PM

Just saw Thom Yorke on Prince Street and Wooster. I was like "Yo! Thom! buy me a taco!" and he was like "...".

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:19 PM

Were there more people than MBV 2 years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:21 PM

did anybody really enjoy The Eraser? just asking

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:21 PM

only way to roll at roseland is mezz...enjoy!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:26 PM

what sucks is at random times last week i found mezz tickets up on ticketmaster but passed on them as i already had floor tickets. guess i should have dumped my floor and kept the mezz.

@4:01, yes different Waste line. just go in to the vip table. no joke.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:40 PM

@ 3:55, serious answer, Flea played the shit perfectly...he does bring a totally different stage energy to the group but he's 100% on point musically. He plays the chunky bass lines so well, I can totally see why Thom had him in the group...

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 4:44 PM

Thanks to everyone who answered my MEZZ questions.

At first, I was disappointed that I wasn't sitting with my wife and friends (having obtained a last minute ticket). Now, I'm even more psyched for this show.

I guess I'll just have to hang in the MEZZ with Paul Rudd and David Byrne....poor me.

Posted by Dan | April 6, 2010 5:00 PM

All this blah blah blah for an hour and fifteen minutes of music? Give me a break, I spent more time peeing in the men's room at Wilco's 3+ hour long shows this past weekend. Get some more material, or start jogging or something to build up your endurance. Stand on line for over an hour, wait inside for another hour, all to catch a dozen or so songs?

Posted by Tin Lizzie | April 6, 2010 5:14 PM

Wait inside? Fuck that. I'll be there at 9:00. Screw being a sausage up front.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 5:16 PM

If you have MEZZ tickets you have access to the floor as well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 5:17 PM

I showed up at about 8:00, accidentally cut the line and went right in as FL was starting. I would recommend standing behind the soundboard gated area as it provides a nice void where you can actually see something, and the sound mix is good there, too. Anywhere ahead of the soundboard or to the sides was way packed by that time. No thanks.

Anyone who thinks Flea sucked last night is an absolute imbecile and you should not listen to anything they have to say. If anything, his playing helped the somewhat tepid Eraser songs come to life, not to mention his stage presence is just awesome (and hilarious).

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 5:31 PM

Go with the Mehzzanine doofus! I'll be grinding your girlfriend's ass while you diddle Paul Rudd upstairs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 5:33 PM

@5:33 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 5:36 PM

Nice one, 5:33. I brought that comment on myself.

Posted by Dan | April 6, 2010 6:02 PM

There were manhole explosions by Roseland this afternoon. Wonder how much that fucked up the line.

http://wcbstv.com/local/manhole.fire.times.2.1615402.html

Hope nobody got hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 6:08 PM

thom yorke's music brings out the best in people!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 6:08 PM

they have a fan club? really?......what losers

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 10:04 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by peter | April 6, 2010 11:08 PM

I love Thom Yorke... and he looks just like a wire haired terrier, and that makes me happy because...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR5negCF024

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2010 11:23 PM

HD vids from the first night! Check em out...great pics! http://vimeo.com/10734120

Posted by Raffi Asdourian | April 7, 2010 9:43 AM

paul rudd... big jerk

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 12:44 PM

That's Christian Scott rocking the trumpet. He has a pretty great cover of Eraser on his latest album. http://www.lala.com/#album/432627039275743924/Christian_Scott/Yesterday_You_Said_Tomorrow

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