Radiohead began tour in Chicago, played “Blow Out” for 1st time in 10 years (setlist, video)
Usually American tour openers such as this one can be a bit clunky as a band shakes off the rust. But Radiohead has essentially been on the road for two years since releasing its 2016 album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” and it hardly looked tentative as it dove into the nightmarish “Daydreaming.”
The music kept morphing for the next two-plus hours. Instruments moved in and out – keyboards, computers, an array of guitars and percussion – as the musicians changed position and responsibilities, sometimes within the same song. The relationship of those instruments within the arrangements also kept sliding around, with drummer Phil Selway and bassist Colin Greenwood (plus tour percussionist Clive Deamer) often in the foreground as the guitars of Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien provided color and background textures. Or Jonny Greenwood would go bonkers on a synthesizer and O’Brien would conjure noises on his foot pedals while Thom Yorke sang, danced and shook maracas. - [Chicago Tribune]
Radiohead's North American tour kicked off on Friday night (6/6) with their first of two consecutive nights at Chicago's United Center. Heavy on favorites, their set also included Pablo Honey's "Blow Out" which hadn't been played live in 10 years. Check out video of that, plus "Pyramid Song," "Fake Plastic Trees" and more from the United Center show, plus a few Instagram photos and the full setlist, below.
The band hit NYC for four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden this week, and before that Jonny Greenwood will be at Alamo Drafthouse with his Junun bandmates (who are opening on Radiohead's tour).
SETLIST: Radiohead @ United Center, Chicago 6/6/2018
Desert Island Disk
All I Need
How to Disappear Completely
Everything in Its Right Place
Burn the Witch
Fake Plastic Trees
Blow Out (first time live since 2008)