Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Radiohead Preview: Possible Setlists, New Songs and Lessons from Past Shows

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:13 AM

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Jackknifed Juggernaut

This is what the Scottrade Center looked like during January's Royal Rumble. Since Radiohead's show is sold out, concertgoers should plan accordingly. - JASON ROSENBAUM PHOTO
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  • This is what the Scottrade Center looked like during January's Royal Rumble. Since Radiohead's show is sold out, concertgoers should plan accordingly.

One of the benefits of a Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is that it has lots and lots and lots of parking. That isn't the case with a major concert situated downtown, although it is not necessarily impossible to find a parking spot around the arena.

In addition to a smattering of parking garages relatively close to the arena, there is a fairly spacious parking lot around Union Station. That's the lot this writer used when attending the Royal Rumble, an event that attracted quite a few people. Of course, a sold out concert might a good opportunity to carpool or even consider the Metrolink.

On the plus side, there are plenty of opportunities for post-show festivities. After all, it's a lot easier to get to" the city's celebrated watering holes when the show isn't all the way out in Maryland Heights.

Expect the Unexpected

It's a somewhat good assumption that Friday's concert probably won't resemble 2003, where the band played a set consisting of songs from The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A and Hail to the Thief. It may not even find common ground with the band's 2008 show, which was in support of the accessible In Rainbows.

But while the Miami New Times wrote that Radiohead's recent shows tend to include a lot of material released after Kid A, the band is (thankfully) notorious for not producing repeat set lists. For every obscure track, there are well-loved favorites such as "Paranoid Android," "Karma Police" and "Everything in Its Right Place."

Chris Gray of the Houston Press perhaps put it best:

There was probably very little Saturday to contradict once-ardent fans of the band's beloved guitar-heavy albums The Bends and OK Computer who think, to borrow an expression from Radiohead's home country, that they have been up their own arse for a while.

But there were moments where Radiohead's esoteric, challenging music also made great arena-rock theater - who knew Kid A's frenetic electronica track "Idioteque" would make such an excellent clapalong?

So for the lucky many who were able to grab a ticket, enjoy Friday. If the past two St. Louis are any indication, one of the best bands in the world is set to blow this city's collective mind.

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