Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
Radiohead closed the 3 day Osheaga festival with a marathon 2hr 15 set in front of a sold out crowd of 45,000. Opening with a selection from excellent new album A Moon Shaped Pool, skilfully replacing the lavish orchestrations with keyboards and guitars, they then moved through relative obscurities before breaking out “the hits” in the last hour of the show. Spectacular lighting, sensational sound and a band showing complete mastery of their art compensated for the somewhat cramped and uncomfortable festival conditions on a very warm night.
Was my first Radiohead show in 10 years and most of the early material was from that interim period, Burn the Witch was pounding and ominous, Nude simply beautiful and Bloom was a WTF complete freakout under green strobing lights. Loved The Numbers, possibly my favourite from the new album. Main set closed with an awesome There There and the encore mainly concentrated on OK Computer and, yes, they closed with Creep.
All albums were represented with the exception of The Bends which is one of the greatest albums ever made.
Young, stoned, drunk, exuberant and passionate, They knew nearly every word and at times it was impossible to hear Thom’s vocals. In Karma Police he may not have sung at all, all that was heard was the crowd.
It made me think..
Live rock music doesn’t get any better than this.