Concert Review: Radiohead at Blossom
First let me start by saying that if I had a bucket list, seeing Radiohead live would be on it. But I’m still pretty young to be thinking about what I’d like to do before I die. Secondly, if I had to choose where I saw them, I wouldn’t choose Blossom. And I may get some flack for that statement, but I’ve just never really been a fan of this venue mostly due to organization. That being said, I don’t think they could have played as well as they did at any other venue. I was blown away as I’m sure those in attendance were. (If you were there, tell me what you thought of the show!)
Unfortunately, due to that lack of organization I mentioned earlier and the fact that I work an 8 to 5 job in Rocky River, I wasn’t able to make it in time to see the opening act, Caribou. And neither were any of my fellow bloggers, Joe and Kyle, who were also there, so we apologize for that.
Despite it being a Wednesday night, the crowd was packed with fans of all ages. Long-time fans such as myself were hoping for a long set list filled with an array of songs from the bands albums Ok Computer, Kid A and Hail to the Thief. But I was also curious to see how playing tracks off of The King of Limbs, the band’s latest album, would go over.
Once they played the opening song “Bloom”, the lead song on The King of Limbs, it was apparent that although this album is one of their more complex and dark albums, they planned to completely reinvent its delivery. And it helped to have an extra pair of hands on the drums (Portishead’s drummer Clive Deamer joined the band that night).
There were plenty of big screen TVs to watch for those of us kickin’ it in the back on the lawn, but to be honest I didn’t really need to see Thom Yorke. I could tell by his voice that he was being his usually spazmatic self, and I bet it was fabulous to see close up. But I was there for the music, and that’s exactly what they gave me: a wonderful set list.
I Might Be Wrong
Like Spinning Plates
Morning Mr. Magpie
Climbing Up the Walls
House of Cards
Give Up the Ghost
Exit Music (For a Film)
As you can see from the set list, it was heavy on The King of Limbs and In Rainbows. But like myself and the rest of the audience hoped, they sprinkled a few songs from Kid A in there and even a couple new songs. My favorite combo included “I Might Be Wrong”, “The Gloaming” and “Separator”. Other favorites of mine included “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” and “Paranoid Android”. What were some of your favorite songs? Let me know in the comments below and check out these videos Kyle was able to record (Thanks, man!).