They’re armed with an intriguing new album, but Radiohead have given fans a career-spanning set-list in the first shows of the new tour.
It’s been four years since the Oxford five piece have played live together, and the people of Amsterdam were the first to get a taste of what the current tour may sound like.
The two nights at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall both began with the new single ‘Burn The Witch’, with a number of tracks from new album A Moon Shaped Pool making their live debut.
But even as the ‘Head guys flexed the musical might of their new album, there was also a substantial amount of delving into the archives.
According to setlist.fm, the first two shows including three songs from OK Computer – including ‘Karma Police’ and ‘Paranoid Android’.
The Bends favourite ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ was played, as well as ‘My Iron Lung’ getting its first outing since 2009. There was also a whopping seven tracks from the Kid A/Amnesiac era and maybe the most interesting of all, a rumoured ‘Creep’ tease:
Damn @radiohead was good tonight in Amsterdam! 2.5 hours of wonderful music. Squee'd a bit when Thom teased with Creep, alas didn't play it
— Larissa (@VanillaMintF) May 22, 2016
What does this tell us about where Radiohead are at at this point in their long and illustrious career?
We find it hard to imagine Yorke being even *willing* to tease the possibility of ‘Creep’ in the era when they were attempting to shed all memories of Pablo Honey ever existing.
It may be that we never get a true ‘greatest hits of Radiohead’ tour, but these current shows do signify that the band are having fun with their back catalogue – with every previous album being represented in some form over two nights.
Radiohead play the following UK dates:
26-28 Jun: The Roundhouse, London
More information can be found at wasteheadquarters.com/schedule.
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