Radiohead’s Epic Coachella Set

Posted April 16, 2012 by Johnny2x in Entertainment
After the story from Rolling Stone you can find Radiohead’s entire performance from Saturday night.
April 15, 2012 11:05 AM ET

Beats do more than keep time for Radiohead. At the band’s epic headlining performance on Saturday at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, tempo was everything – setting the tone and tension for the band’s searing rock-electronics blend, and sending fans into fits of wild interpretive dance moves on the great lawn. It was easily the largest gathering at the festival so far this weekend.

On the road, Radiohead now has a second drummer, Clive Deamer, just to keep up with the layers of beats and rhythms. Late in the nearly two-hour performance, drummers Deamer and Phil Selway were joined by guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien on percussion for “There There.” On “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” even the guitars were played like percussion instruments, tumbling forward as Yorke’s lonely post-millennial cry rushed to keep up: “Everybody leaves, if they get the chance/And this is my chance.”

Yorke dedicated the world-weary “Karma Police” to the sort of people “that want something from you. You need a cold shower after talking to them.” But Saturday’s version was gentler than the acidic original. Coachella came into its own in 2004, the first year that Radiohead headlined a night at the annual music and arts fest in the California desert. Already one of the great bands of their generation, Radiohead’s performance helped define the festival. Years later – even as their material has grown more experimental and distant from the sound of their 1997 breakthrough, OK Computer – Radiohead remains an essential rock voice.

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