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Live Review: Radiohead at Roseland Ballroom (9/28)

on September 29, 2011, 7:26am

radiohead roseland 201101 Live Review: Radiohead at Roseland Ballroom (9/28)

Photo by Nate Slevin

Last night at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom, Radiohead performed their first of two surprise, last minute gigs for an intimate crowd of just over 3,000 fans blessed with incredible luck. Aside from the novelty and inherent specialness involved with seeing a band that is one of the world’s biggest and probably its best, the first night at Roseland Ballroom unveiled a wide range of new material as road-ready

Recently, Radiohead gave a not-so-secret performance at Glastonbury with second drummer Clive Deamer in tow. Focusing largely on material from The King of Limbs, the Glastonbury set came across as an experiment in developing the live identities of the new material. Three month and a few television performances later, the songs feel fully realized.

The spirit of Atoms for Peace still lingered, with “Little by Little” and “Staircase” enjoyng irresistibly funky grooves. Currently unreleased, “Staircase” has come a long way since its debut at Roseland last year. The formerly solo haunter made the crowd shake their exhausted bodies. Show-stopper “The Daily Mail” was the kind of forceful piano-driven rocker/ballad hybrid that Coldplay often attempts but rarely accomplishs.

Radiohead Roseland 201109 Live Review: Radiohead at Roseland Ballroom (9/28)

Photo by Nate Slevin

Standing out among the “classic fare” was an ultra-rare performance of “Subterranean Homesick Alien”, but more recent selections from In Rainbows proved just as popular. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” and “All I Need” have become surprising singalongs, with “15 Step” and “Bodysnatchers” offering energetic thrills.

After a brief three song encore, the crowd lights came on and music chimed over the PA. Nobody at Roseland was having a short-for-Radiohead 18 song set (plus one R.E.M. teaser), so the band resurfaced even as the crew began dismantling and distributing setlist souvenirs. Giving a rare unplanned encore, Radiohead sent everyone home overwhelmed with emotion via “Street Spirit (Fade Out) and “Nude”.

If last night at Roseland was any indication, then Radiohead is at last ready to properly tour The King of Limbs. Additionally, it is possible the forward-thinking band is tired of their older songs, with cuts from their first five albums comprising just one fourth of the entire set. Per long-standing tradition, the songs of Radiohead continue to shine brightest on the stage.

Radiohead Setlist:
Bloom
Little By Little
Staircase
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Feral
Subterranean Homesick Alien
All I Need
Everything In Its Right Place (with “The One I Love” intro)
Lotus Flower
15 Step
Myxomatosis
Codex
The Daily Mail
Bodysnatchers
Reckoner
Encore:
Give Up The Ghost
The National Anthem
Morning Mr Magpie
Encore 2:
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Nude
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Gallery by Nate Slevin

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Anonymous
October 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Prefer coldplay, just saying

Anonymous
October 11, 2011 at 2:08 am

“Show-stopper “The Daily Mail” was the kind of forceful piano-driven
rocker/ballad hybrid that Coldplay often attempts but rarely
accomplishes.” haha yes!

“Per long-standing tradition, the songs of Radiohead continue to shine brightest on the stage.”
100% with you on that as well :)

Bandofbrozefs
September 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Terrible setlist.
“We’re not going to play songs from our old records. I mean, A LOT of people like our old records. Playing what people want to hear is nonsense.”

Dan
September 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I dream about hearing Myxomatosis live. 

Moses1221
September 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Subterranean Homesick Alien. Hurts so bad…

Omrinyc
September 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Great photos! 

Pinkfloyd233
September 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I was crying while reading this…would’ve done anything to be there!

Dave
September 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

What an awful setlist. 

Tom
September 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

what would you have had them play?  

Moses1221
September 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

SHA alone makes the setlist epic. They haven’t played it since the OK Computer tour… Fail Dave.

kristinalustig
September 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’m sorry, by “blessed with good luck,” don’t you mean “rich as fuck”?

Jake
September 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

$80 isn’t rich. It’s also way easier to come by than one of those Radiohead tickets

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