Radiohead played Israel, a very LONG & controversial show (video, setlist)
The diverse 47,000-strong crowd in palm-tree lined HaYarkon Park mirrored the melting pot of opening acts – Israeli-Iraqi-Yemenite Dudu Tass, Arab-Israeli Nasreen Qadri and Indian-based Urdu and Hindi musician Ben Tzur, who was joined on stage by Radiohead composer Jonny Greenwood.
As the searing sun set, Radiohead’s first set in Israel for 17 years began, with Thom Yorke and co emerging onto a spotlight strewn stage to squeals of joy that turned to spooky silence for abstract opener Daydreaming.
What followed was the band’s longest concert since 2006 (“We ain’t done yet. We came all this way so we’re gonna play our fingers off” said Thom at the start of the second encore). Twenty-seven tunes filled with moments that give goosebumps goosebumps. [Jewish News]
"A lot of stuff was said about this but, in the end, we played some music," Thom Yorke told the audience at Radiohead's concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday, right before launching into their final song of the night, "Karma Police." Radiohead made waves deciding to play Israel, a controversial move that had very vocal opposition from a lot of people — including Thurston Moore, Tunde Adebimpe, and Roger Waters — but argued "We don’t endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America." Michael Stipe had their back, as did Arab-Israeli singer and opener Nasreen Qadri who who wrote a defense for Newsweek:
I am a Muslim Arab woman. I am a singer. And this Wednesday, I will share the stage with Radiohead in their concert.
I was born in Haifa and grew up in Lod—two cities with a mix of Arab and Jewish communities, living side by side. It wasn’t always easy, but my personal experience has taught me that open dialog is the only way to overcome our differences. Ever since I won a singing competition on Israeli TV, my music and my story have inspired many in Israel to open their minds and hearts to Arabic music and my people's culture.
I have dedicated my life to music, and dedicated my music to breaking down borders and bringing people closer together. That is why this past year I did what no other Arab-Israeli has done before, and sang in Israel's official Independence and Memorial Day ceremonies.
"Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government," Yorke wrote in response to Loach claims. However, I believe that it has everything to do with endorsing its people, and using music to engage with them. After all, if we don’t engage one another, and work together, we will never find peace between us.
This Wednesday, I will also perform alongside one of Israel's most talented artists, Dudu Tassa—a Jewish singer—to bring a message of co-existence to every corner of the country. The two of us were fortunate enough to be invited by Thom Yorke to tour with Radiohead across the U.S. earlier this year.
I must admit, I had never heard of Radiohead before receiving Yorke’s invitation, but that tour changed my life and was one of the peaks of my career. A peak I am looking forward to ascending again this week when I share the stage with Radiohead in front of a sold out crowd in Tel Aviv.
Interesting that she had never even heard of Radiohead before touring with them! Dudu Tassa is the one who opened in Miami and other tour dates, and got to play Coachella (which Radiohead co-headlined) too.
The show Park HaYarkon in Israel ended up being their longest since 2006, 27 songs including two lengthy encores.
Check out the setlist and video of nearly every song from the show, below.
SETLIST: Radiohead @ Park HaYarkon, Tel Aviv, Israel 7/19/2017
All I Need
Everything in Its Right Place
2 + 2 = 5
Like Spinning Plates