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Thom Yorke captivated @ Kings Theatre night 2 (pics, setlist, video, review)

Just four months after NYC got four nights of Radiohead at MSG, Thom Yorke played his second of two sold out shows at Brooklyn’s King’s Theatre on Tuesday (11/27/2018). He again played a mix of new songs, songs from his solo albums, and two encores that ended with Thom on piano playing a song from his most recent release, the soundtrack to Suspiria (which was for sale on vinyl at the mech table). Night one’s Suspiria song was “Suspirium.” Night two got “Unmade,” and it felt like a fitting and very special way to end a show that was captivating from start to finish.

Though his stage-mates, who he never introduced (producer Nigel Godrich, behind a computer handling the booming beats, and Tarik Barri controlling the most-excellent visuals), mostly stayed behind their equipment at the back of the stage, Thom moved around all night, switching between mics and instruments, and dancing. Lots of dancing. And though at times it felt like Kings Theater was being transformed into a rave, the audience was mostly well behaved, hanging on Thom’s every word and every move from their plush seats (or standing in front of them) in one of NYC’s most grand and beautiful venues. The sound, lights and visuals were all amazing, making for the perfect multi-sensory experience, which is just such a bonus when you’re already getting 19 songs of Radiohead’s frontman singing in a somewhat intimate setting. It lasted two hours. I would have taken a third.

Highlights also included the songs that might most pass as Thom Yorke solo hits — “Black Swan” from 2006’s The Eraser (which came somewhat early in the set) and Atoms For Peace song “Default” which closed the first encore. You can check out the full setlist below (and yesterday’s).

Radiohead collaborator Oliver Coates does amazing things with a cello and computers on his 2018 album Shelley’s on Zenn-La (which he explained is the name of a defunct UK venue and a planet in the Silver Surfer universe), and we got a taste of that during his opening set which saw him up on the big stage making cool sounds with just a cello and electronics including a drum machine. Thom’s tour continues Friday in Washington DC, but you catch Oliver again in NYC even sooner, at his own sold-out show at National Sawdust on Friday (which was another thing he mentioned on stage in addition to thanking Thom for the honor of opening).

Pictures from night 2 at Kings Theatre are in the gallery above, and Thom’s setlist and video of him playing “Unmade” are below.

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SETLIST: Thom Yorke @ Kings Theatre 11/27/2018 (via)
Interference
A Brain in a Bottle
Impossible Knots
Black Swan
I Am a Very Rude Person
Pink Section
Nose Grows Some
Cymbal Rush
The Clock
Two Feet Off the Ground
Amok
Not the News
Truth Ray
Traffic
Twist

Encore:
The Axe
Atoms for Peace
Default

Encore 2:
Unmade

photos by Greg Cristman

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