"You will never make friends unless you like everyone genuinely. Oh well, I'm fucked then aren't I?" - Thom Yorke.
Thom had a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd on it's feet for two hours of Radiohead bliss Monday night. As the sun set on a warm Los Angeles day...lanes of shiny cars slowly snaked their way up to the Hollywood Bowl from the flats of Los Angeles for the hottest ticket in town. Radiohead was here to finish their U.S. tour at the legendary open amphitheater usually reserved for symphony concerts. But don't bother trying to get anywhere near the bowl in a car. $30 bucks to park in the closest lot.
To start it off..turntablist Kid Koala drenched the crowd in beats and his sonic magic delivered from two turntables. As the last of the sunlight disappeared, people scrambled to find their seats in time to welcome the boys from Oxford.
Purple and blue hues lit the stage as Thom, Jonny, Ed, Phil and Colin
poured their hearts into all the best of Radiohead.
As radio honchos and record label heads sang along....the night was peppered with new tracks from Kid A and Amnesiac plus all the favorites from O.K. Computer and The Bends. Early in the show, Thom had the whole audience singing the words to "Karma Police" and "Fake Plastic Trees" brought cheers. The giant video monitors captured all the live action in simple black and white ..contrasting with the vivid colors pouring from the stage like a Las Vegas show.
The starry night sky was quite possibly eclipsed by the stars in the audience:
Tobey Maguire, Andy Dick, Rosanna Arquette,
a laughing Jon Bon Jovi with Emilio Estevez and entourage,
Giovanni Ribisi with friends, a smiling Heather Graham was there.
Mike D was in full effect,
and Rick Rubin enjoyed the show.
As only Thom Yorke can do ...he wailed and left the crowd thoroughly satisfied. Sitting for a few solos at an upright piano in the middle of the stage, he showed some light-hearted tom foolery as he leaned in and sang into the small camera on top of the piano. His face larger than life on all the video screens, as he moved the camera slightly to the side it took in the whole audience behind him ...their raised arms and cheers shining down from the screens above.
Thanks to all of the Radioheads for a beautiful show.
A very special thanks to all at KROQ, especially Amy Stevens.
Source: Evan Cerasoli (email@example.com)