Radiohead – Glasgow Green

This was my first time seeing Radiohead live and I wasn’t disappointed – they were superb. Headed to the gig with Shakeel with two main worries. How muddy would it get and would Shakeel get in with his camera gear? Well it didn’t get muddy but it was quite wet and it was rather cool for the end of June but it didn’t detract one bit from the music. Shakeel also got his camera in even though he had it strapped to his back under a jacket. Terrorist alert surely but picking the right security guy helped.

Shazam.Bats For Lashes

Anyway, to the music. First up was Bat for Lashes. She sounded much better live than on her album. The new material sounded good and that was despite being one band member down. Kept us entertained but not entirely foot tapping. Still, a good start and if you’ve not heard of her before her last album, Fur and Gold is worth picking up. Just after 8:30 Radiohead came on to rain, gloom but not darkness. They ripped straight into 15 Steps which was a great start. With that track dispatched time for some Radiohead banter – Thom said it was a lovely day and that we should move down south. A few kid on boo’s later and it was on with the show.

Radiohead - Glasgow Green

The setlist was superb.

01 15 Step
02 Airbag
03 There There
04 All I Need
05 Nude
06 Arpeggi/Weird Fishes
07 The Gloaming
08 The National Anthem with Hunting Bears outro
09 Faust Arp
10 No Surprises
11 Jigsaw Falling Into Place
12 Reckoner
13 Just
14 Bangers and Mash
15 Everything In Its Right Place
16 Fake Plastic Trees
17 Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18 Videotape
19 Paranoid Android
20 Myxomatosis
21 Optimistic
22 Karma Police

Encore 2
23 Like Spinning Plates
24 2 + 2 = 5
25 Idioteque

Majority of tracks were from In Rainbows but there was a couple from The Bends and OK Computer too. My highlights – Reckoner, Fake Plastic Trees, Paranoid Android and Optimistic. The two encores also delivered – as I’ve said the whole set list was great and it was 2 hours of amazing music. Maybe I’m just easily pleased.

the audience at the glasgow show last night were something to remember. they were AMAZing.
in the pissing rain with steam coming of them.
we had a wicked time – Thom Yorke

I didn’t expect much interaction from the band and apart from telling us to move down south, that a man was showing his nipples during No Surprises and shouting thanks and fucking hell at the end, that was about it for interaction. Still, the music delivered and then some.

Any -ve’s? Weather could have been better and opening doors at 4pm for a gig starting after 7pm is a nice way to make money and get people merry. A bit too merry – throwing pints of beer ain’t big or clever and just causes trouble and pisses people off. Also, cheers T-Mobile. I didn’t get any text’s or calls throughout the gig and just as we hit the Saltmarket after leaving gig, the phone vibrated – 8 texts and a lot of missed calls. Sorry to those that I hoped to meet up with. Still pretty pissed off about it to be honest. I have my pac code – just need an iPhone now.

Loved the guy in front of us though that went through 3 half bottles in an hour with his mate. His shouting and accidental punching of others was pretty funny. Also loved the guy who thought Thom was being ‘a cunt’ for not playing Idioteque and just before the last track was shouting at him for not playing it….and then they started playing Idioteque. He went wild…in a good way.

Radiohead - Glasgow Green

A great and very memorable night. Full flickr set here with a couple more video’s. Really should have taken more video’s. Next time!

6 Comments

  1. Somewhat ashamed to say I don’t think I’ve ever heard two Radiohead songs back-to-back. Ok, having spent two years listening a lot more to XFM, Rock Radio and such like have probably heard/recognised many of the tunes through a process of attrition…. Need to get them sorted and have a proper go at an LP, being more open-minded – thats the new me! And on that note, walking past the Carling Academy I see that Yngwie Malmsteen is playing on the same night I’m taking Jules and some clients to see Kylie at the SECC. Don’t laugh.

  2. 25 Radiohead songs back to back was awesome!

    I’ve been trying to listen to more different styles of music but without too much success. Stuck in my ways I guess.

    As for Kylie, it’ll be a great show. Lewis and Ricky D went a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. No laughing…just a vision of you shaking your stuff to Kylie. Shivers 🙂

  3. Just to clarify…

    1. Radiohead lost me at Kid A and have never returned.

    2. Kylie is a Goddess

    3. Going to see Kylie with a mate in no way makes you look gay.

  4. see the guy thom said about showing his nipple…?
    that was the guy i was with haha

  5. yeah. shame about the vast amount of knobheads at this show. usually 50/50 but at this show was definitely more of an 80/20 for knobheads. throwing beer, standing near front but not even looking at stage and talking over everything, some dick head behind me shouting “they’re playing tool!” when they were playing hunting bears and everyone around him agreeing – good to see there are so many “real” fans in scotland, people starting fights, people putting up umbrellas blocking hundreds of peoples views, people not taking thoms “south” comment as A JOKE, people trying to imitate the long high note on nude, people constantly moving round bumping into people not watching the gig just fucking round with mates, people more interested in taking photos of themselves, people calling thom yorke a cunt, people generally looking for a problem with other people, etc etc. i’m sure thom would be so proud if he knew some of the kind of people they attract. most people were there for a piss-up rather than to see a band.

    still – best gig of my life. thankyou radiohead.

  6. Going to see Kylie doesn’t make you gay. On the other hand going to see Kylie and then going to see Elton John…

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