Monday, May 19, 2008

Radiohead Conquers Dallas

Last night, Radiohead made their triumphant return to the city of Dallas, leaving thousands in awe of their ability to completely pwn your ass. Playing an unbelievable, almost 2-hour set, Thom Yorke and crew made up for the fact that they hadn't played the DFW area in 10 years. It was obviously well worth the wait.

Surrounded by a set filled with 70 tubes of light and a giant screen focusing on each member of the band, it was truly a spectacle to behold. Playing a variety of songs from each of their albums (other than Pablo Honey), it was a fairly low-key night, with a few rockers interspersed with the softer, moodier selections. Yorke's voice was as haunting as ever, with every note ringing as true as on the albums. These guys showed why they're the masters of their craft.

A few highlights of the evening included selections from In Rainbows, their latest release. Opener All I Need set the tone for the evening, as well as Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, House Of Cards, Reckoner and Jigsaw Falling Into Place. It wasn't until they played some of their more well known pieces that the crowd instantly went wild, including Exit Music (For A Film), National Anthem, The Bends, Everything In Its Right Place, and a near pitch-perfect rendition of Fake Plastic Trees. But it was their second encore, with the inclusion of Paranoid Android that brought down the house, leaving everyone in attendance with a glazed-over look. It was apparent that 20,000+ people had just witnessed one of the best shows they may see in quite some time.

Needless to say, Radiohead still reigns as one of the best in the business today. All hail the kings.

*** Pictures by gorilla vs. bear & John Stobie - Thanks!

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