How to excite a Radiohead fan? One word: webcast. Around 3:05 PM EST, gorillavsbear.net wrote that Colin had posted a special announcement on Dead Air Space, Radiohead’s official website. Radiohead would be webcasting their show at Santa Barbara Bowl, the last of their current American tour. According to the website, Colin wrote, “It should be a special night, for lots of reasons, and we're going to try and share as much of it as we can on the webcast.” SPECIAL NIGHT? FOR LOTS OF REASONS? Okay, Colin, you’re on. I will stay up way past my bedtime of 10 PM (in my defense, I have to get up at 6 for work) to watch your silly special night.
Making sure I’d be home by 10, I started to wait for webcast details to be posted on Dead Air Space. Tom Petty’s “The Waiting” was playing in my head (total cliché) while I fought the urge to sleep. I did manage to nap for 5 minutes before my alarm went off at 10:40 PM. One of my friends believed that the webcast would begin at 10:40. I doubted him, but sure enough around 10:41, Radiohead.tv reloaded with a video.
Overall, the video shots weren’t that great. I don’t know why they didn’t do a split screen of all the guys, which is what they normally do at the shows (or at least, that’s what they did at APW). However, I always enjoy watching Jonny perform. And, Thom’s face during “Karma Police” (during the line, “This is what you get”) was creepy as hell, yet so appropriate. The sound was not too bad. At some point, the sound quality became much better.
1. I stopped breathing when Radiohead opened with “Reckoner.”
2. Jonny Greenwood is a god.
3. Thom Yorke is still wearing his skinny red pants.
4. I died when they played “Talk Show Host.”
5. Jonny Greenwood, OMFG!!!
6. I came back to life and died again when they performed “Karma Police.”
7. Chanting “True Love Waits” loudly doesn’t do anything.
8. I can’t believe I got this excited over a webcast.
I looked at the Hollywood Bowl second night set list, and I don’t get why Californians are so lucky. “True Love Waits,” “Talk Show Host,” “Karma Police,” a Neil Young cover (via greenplastic)… what????
Visit Mortigi Tempo for links to recorded video and audio. P4K also has some here. Setlist is available here.