June 12, 2006

RADIOHEAD
Montreal Night 2 / June 11 2006

my mind is not able to go into detail about the show yet. too soon. who knows? but here are some thoughts on their performance.

first off, the Black Keys rocked the house. glad to see them getting some more exposure. now, the show. as a whole, i was sadly out of it for some reason. the first couple of songs were great, but then the first new song popped up, Open Pick. i liked what i heard but that was a definite momentum killer for me. then the rest of the set was pretty much by-the-numbers performances of the album versions. it was good, don't get me wrong, but definitely not as eye-opening an experience as i was expecting. even though Thom looked much happier and danced around a lot this time around, the outdoor shows had a more special feel to them. but then, oh yeah, a few songs before the end of the first set, they played Myxomatosis (followed by the outstanding There There) and things turned on their heads from that point until the very end of the second encore for me! that was an outstanding ten-song run to end the freaking show. oh yeah. i'd still been happy about being at the show, and the seats were great (and the venue... omg, you just had to take a look back at the three balconies filled with people and it was enough to give you shivers), but that third act was outstanding. exactly what i'd hoped for. so, i still can't figure out what makes Radiohead such a great live experience, but every single time i've seen them (save for the rafters Bell Centre one) they blew my mind and i was transported somewhere else for one night. a great live band. yeah, so best:)

btw, people are bemoaning the 90-seconds Spooks from last night. WTF??!! that was the song that blew my fucking brains out! i loved it. of course it's only an instrumental now (and it can stay that way, imo) and is obviously only in demo stages but it was the tightest, most rocking song ever! i wasn't sure of the guitar thing of the other new songs but this one was a definite winner. amazing. keep it. expand it but don't change a fucking thing on it. thank you.

Setlist
01 You And Whose Army
02 The National Anthem
03 15 Step
04 Open Pick
05 Exit Music (For A Film)
06 Where I End And You Begin
07 Videotape
08 Nude
09 I Might Be Wrong
10 Paranoid Android
11 Go Slowly
12 I Want None Of This
13 Myxomatosis
14 There There
15 No Surprises
16 Bangers 'N Mash
17 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 1
18 A Wolf At The Door
19 Down Is The New Up
20 Black Star
21 Karma Police

Encore 2
22 Spooks
23 Planet Telex

here are Hugobot's front row, dead center pics of the show.

Canadian celebs at the shows - so far for Montreal:

Night 1 - Arcade Fire's Win and Régine, and Les Cowboys Fringants.
Night 2 - Patrick Masbourian, Didier Lucien, at least two members of Les Trois Accords (spotted by the ex-roommate right behind our fricking seats!!:) and Pierre Lapointe, whom we saw outside the venue after the show but someone spotted him at the show (dunno which night but that was probably it).

Posted by Sam | 10:53 AM |