- 21 Jun 17
Paul Nolan was on-hand as Thom Yorke and co. celebrated the 20th anniversary of OK Computer and threw several unexpected classics into the set
You really can’t beat the sense of expectation that comes with a gig by one of rock’s greatest ever acts. There is the unmistakable feel of an event surrounding this show: from the last minute ticket-pleas on social media; to the lengthy, raucous queues; to the obligatory controversy (a small group outside protest Radiohead’s highly contentious decision to play Israel on this tour).
Not that you’d know any of this from the band themselves, of course. As ever, they remain rock stars in the most anti-rock star way imaginable, shuffling onstage to the minimum of fanfare. Bravely, they commence the show with a brace of low-key numbers from last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool; the ethereal ballad ‘Daydreaming’ and the folky ‘Desert Island Disk’. Next up is ‘Ful Stop’, which starts out as a moody jam, before erupting into a full-on electro blitzkrieg.
The first intimation that we’re in for something truly special, however, arrives with the opening riff of ‘Airbag’, from OK Computer, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. “In an interstellar burst/I am back to save the universe” howls Thom Yorke, while behind him, Phil Selway acts as a one-mean beat sampler, his thumping rhythms propelling the song forward.