Thursday, July 06, 2006

Radiohead live @ Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, 6/29/06


Here's the second of two guest reviews by my lovely sister Victoria in LA:

Needless to say there is a lot of pressure in writing this review and I would like to put a disclaimer that this is from a Radiohead virgin. The expectations of this show were beyond high as everyone told me “This is going to change your life” or “That’s going to be an f*#*ing amazing show!” – I could go on and one with these sort of quotes, but I won’t.

I have to tell you that going to see a show at the Greek Theater, which to me is a cross between the Ford Amphitheater and the Hollywood Bowl is a great venue, but absolute hell trying to park. An hour of sitting in a queue just to get to parking and then it’s all stacked, so you’re out of luck if the person behind you or in front of you doesn’t show up for an hour or two – all I have to say though: COMPLETELY WORTH IT!

Radiohead definitely put on a great show. Because I’m a Radiohead virgin I don’t know the names of any of their songs, but I’m sure Steve will help me with that and post some sort of list. I did recognize the first couple of tunes and then the next hour was spent on new songs that pretty much no one had heard. This was actually great for someone like me, because I certainly didn’t feel out of place by just listening to them. Their light show was brilliant – definitely more than I expected but never overshadowed the band.

Now, after the first set I liked them. I didn’t think it was the greatest show ever but then they came out for the first encore and everything changed. Then it became a fantastic show. I found myself not being able to sit down in my seat or worrying about how I was going to get out of the Parking Lot. Hmm, maybe that was the second hand high... Sometimes Thom reminded me of a little Raver bouncing around on stage and I found myself completely entertained thinking of him as a 5-year-old kid with ADHD.

So, it didn’t change my life, but Radiohead now has a new fan and I have to say: The new songs are bitchin’ and I can see why they have such a die hard following. The melodies Thom Yorke creates with his voice are completely mesmerizing and then suddenly with a kick of the bass drum, you’re back out of the tranquil revelry and dancing to those hard drums and guitar completely amazed at what you just heard.

- Steve edit: Thank you Victoria for the excellent review(s)! Great job!

mp3: Radiohead - Killer Cars

Here's the 6/29/06 set list with a few YouTube links:

01 You And Whose Army?
02 The National Anthem
03 2+2=5
04 15 Step
05 Morning Bell
06 Arpeggi
07 Videotape
08 Kid A
09 Dollars And Cents
10 Street Spirit
11 All I Need
12 Nude
13 Paranoid Android
14 Bangers 'n Mash
15 The Gloaming
16 Idioteque
17 Follow Me Around
18 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 1
19 There There
20 Down Is The New Up
21 The Bends
22 How To Disappear Completely

Encore 2
23 House of Cards
24 Lucky


Matteo said...

What a beautiful reviews! I LOVE RADIOHEAD, I think I can't live without listen to them and play thom yorke with my acoustic guitar!!

Your blod is nice as well! Come around to my little blog, I'm Italian but most of the post are write in english (well, I try to :D)

See you,


F.J. Delgado said...

Nice review, glad your sis enjoyed the show. Radiohead is amazing!