I’ve had the privilege to see Radiohead twice in my life now, the first being at Lollapalooza in 2008. I was 17 years old, In Rainbows had just come out, and I was lost in the amazingness of the show. I think my young age inhibited me from fully understanding the magnitude that is Radiohead. Luckily, four long years later, I got a second opportunity to see their show in all its glory. Now as an “adult” I was fully immersed in their 4D concert experience. Needless to say, Radiohead put on one heck of a show last night.
They effectively covered all the greats from their expansive discography giving every member of the crowd an “Oh my God this is my favorite song” moment. For me, it came when Thom Yorke belted out Reckoner and showed off some of his signature dance moves. The band, fresh off a headlining spot at Bonnaroo looked more than excited to be there. Thom Yorke even gave a rousing shot out to all of us concert goers out on the lawn at First Midwest Bank Amphitheater. I can’t forget to mention the fact that they treated us all to not one, but two new songs, both of which were equally impressive and left every member of the audience wanting more.
Radiohead fans in my opinion are some of the most dedicated fans around. The atmosphere of the show was insane. I was seated toward the lower part of the lawn and looking back it looked like there were thousands of people sitting behind me. It’s not easy to get such a massive amount of people to sing every line to every song you sing but Radiohead accomplished that without an issue. To say it simply, it was just fun to be there. I met a lot of cool people, caught up with some good friends, and saw what I believe to be one of the best live acts touring today. I’m just hoping I don’t have to wait another 4 years to see Radiohead again.
In case you missed their weekend set at Bonnaroo, you can watch the whole concert in the player above.