Radio(head) Ga Ga

Every time I’ve seen Radiohead, I’ve always walked away going, “Damn, I wish they were playing again tomorrow nite because I’d totally go again.” Well, my wish came true this past weekend. Radiohead played two nites at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, and I had the amazing fortune of being able to attend both. If you find yourself reading this thinking, “Why would you want to see the same show two nites in a row?”, then there’s a good chance that you’ve never seen Radiohead live. The sound & light show, combined with the energy of the band & crowd, coupled with Radiohead’s repertoire and the fact that they are one of the tightest live acts around right now all add up to one jaw-on-the-floor mindbending experience. Something I’m definitely down with checking out 2x in a row. The really killer thing was that, other than a few repeated tracks, the two shows this past weekend were almost completely different. More “mellow” by most accounts on Friday and “fly me to the moon” insane on Saturday. Good times. Damn good times.

Friday, June 23 was me, Cho’nuff, Vinimal and Uyen kickin’ it center lawn.

01 You And Whose Army
02 The National Anthem
03 15 Step [Thom says “Ok California” with an accent]
04 Morning Bell
05 Exit Music
06 Arpeggi
07 Videotape
08 I Might Be Wrong
09 Street Spirit
10 Nude
11 Down Is The New Up
12 Pyramid Song
13 Like Spinning Plates
14 Bangers ‘N Mash [Thom “This fog is strange”]
15 There There
16 Spooks
17 Idioteque

Encore 1:
18 A Wolf At The Door
19 4 Minute Warning
20 Bones
21 Lucky

Encore 2:
22 House of Cards
23 Everything In Its Right Place [“ANDEVERANDEVERANDEVER” scrolling on video screens above stage]

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Saturday, June 24 was me, So!, Cho’nuff, BoyKani, Steph, Kris, MegJam & Jeff, just left of center (on da lawn again).

01 Airbag
02 2+2=5
03 Where I End And You Begin
04 15 Step
05 Kid A
06 Dollars And Cents
07 Down Is The New Up [with long jam at the end]
08 Nude [Thom stops then starts at the beginning and says, “Don’t go anywhere, stay where you are”.]
09 Paranoid Android
10 No Surprises
11 The Gloaming
12 All I Need
13 Climbing Up The Walls
14 Go Slowly [“Then we’ll do ‘Burn The Witch.” jokes Thom]
15 Myxomatosis
16 Bangers ‘N Mash
17 How To Disappear Completely

Encore 1:
18 Fake Plastic Trees
19 Arpeggi
20 Black Star
21 True Love Waits
22 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 2:
23 Bodysnatchers
24 The Tourist

(more about this show at at ease and green plastic)