Well, this is a rare occurrence, I'm writing a review of a gig well within a week of it actually happening!
I had been looking forward to this one for a long time, having bought my tickets on the day of release. I saw Radiohead previously, 2 years ago at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh and it was absolutely amazing. Friday's gig, was just as awesome, though overall, I must say I preferred the Meadowbank gig, for reasons out with the band's control, though the setlist balanced it out.
Support for the gig came from Bat for Lashes, who I was aware of beforehand, though hadn't spent a great deal of time listening to, with the exception of the fantastic Horse and I which was played on the night. Sadly, I didn't really appreciate much of the rest of her set.
I'm sure she's probably sick of the comparison to Bjork, but she does have a very similar style and sound. Clearly she's a very talented artist, but the music was lost a bit on me in a live setting, though I will definitely be listening to more of her work in the comfort of my own home, out of the rain.
Speaking of the rain, it pretty much bucketed it down the whole evening, but I wasn't going to let it ruin my enjoyment, however it soon became clear that indirectly it would due to the numbers of totally inconsiderate people with umbrellas obstructing the view of the stage.
One further annoyance came from the vast number of drunk neds (chavs to some of you). I know the gig took place in Glasgow and there's always one or two, but my word, they were out in force on Friday. Fortunately I was stood slightly to the side, on the pavement and weren't bothered too much by them, or the mud.
Despite the above, this was still an absolutely fantastic gig. Radiohead as always, did not disappoint.
It would be very difficult to say if I enjoyed this gig as much as the Foo Fighters at Wembley, they both offer a totally different experience. The Foo Fighters are just born entertainers in a good old rock 'n' roll way, whereas Radiohead are just musical geniuses. There just isn't a band today that can compare to what they have achieved, their creativity and musical flair. 7 studio albums, all of which perfect in their own way. Furthermore, how many people do you know that can pull of wearing red jeans?
I'm struggling to think of superlatives for how the setlist panned out, it was everything I could have hoped for and more! All the way through I was smiling, happy and singing my heart out. As always I got goosebumps on Fake Plastic Trees and Karma Police, but the highlight had to be singing rain down on me, in the pouring rain, through Paranoid Android. The rain even decided to rain extra heavy throughout that track and I didn't care one bit, it was sheer perfection.
The (stolen) setlist for the gig was as follows:
1. 15 Step
3. There There
4. All I Need
6. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
7. The Gloaming
8. National Anthem
9. Hunting Bears
10. Faust Arp
11. No Surprises
12. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
15. Bangers and Mash
16. Everything In Its Right Place
17. Fake Plastic Trees
20. Paranoid Android
23. Karma Police
24. Like Spinning Plates
If you weren't there, are you jealous of that setlist? You should be!