Long story short, I finally got to see my favorite band in concert, Radiohead, twice in a week, after what felt like an eternity of waiting for a proper tour. Sophomore in high school me had the chance, but opted on seeing Kanye’s Glow In The Dark Tour instead the night before. That’s not a decision I totally regret, but I digress. The announcement for Radiohead’s tour in support of The King Of Limbs revealed they would make a stop almost everywhere across the US (yes, including Cleveland) so I scooped up tickets for the show in Jersey on June 1.
Fast forward to day of the show at the Prudential Center in Newark and up to three or four hours before doors there was already a healthy line of people waiting outside. This show, as one might expect, draws an eclectic bunch of people into one spot: music nerds, hipsters, every day people, old people, young people, and the quintessential thirty-something Radiohead fan with a touch of grey hair showing in their jeans, chucks, and some combination of a flannel and black band tee shirt.
Everyone was so eagerly waiting to see Thom Yorke do his thing that opening act Caribou got somewhat overlooked, but there’s only so much you can do as an opener to capture the attention of a half interested group of fans. An hour passes and finally Radiohead is on deck, in front of what might be the best stage set up I have ever seen. A group of 12 hanging monitors that move freely in front of a larger LED backdrop creates a seemingly simple, but amazingly intricate visual aspect to match the equally complicated sound set-up.
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