I go to a lot of concerts. We all do here at Sonic Ambulance.
However, with all the concerts we do go to, rarely do they get to the point of legends (Godspeed, WU LYF, The Throne, just to name a few). And with Radiohead and their infrequent touring schedules, you pray, and know, you are going to get an amazing show.
It has been almost four years now since the In Rainbows tour and we were beginning to wonder whether or not Radiohead would ever come stateside again — you know, with the whole environmentally friendly internet shows we have been getting over the years. But with the release of The King of Limbs, Thom Yorke and Co. are back, this time playing to the Bay Area at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
It was a varied crowd at the show, with a few youngsters who probably weren’t even born when “Just” was hitting the airwaves, but you know a band is prolific when the older fans showup. Forty-plus-year-olds, singing their hearts out to classics they remember almost 20 years ago. And Radiohead unequivocally delivered.
Playing a hefty portion of KoL and classics, the band awed the audience, regardless of age (their’s or our’s).
Defining moments included a rocking rendition of “There There” as well as a personal favorite “Climbing up the Walls,” which led in epicly into “Karma Police.” The stage presence was awesome. Rotating screens, flashing lights, Thom Yorke’s maniacal dance moves all molded into a perfect show. So far, this has to be the best setlist of their current tour, even throwing out The Bends classic “Planet Telex” in the second encore, before closing with “Idioteque.” Overall, an unforgettable show, one that will linger until their next trip around the states.