I will shamelessly say that, for the first time in my life, I am proud to be from Kansas. Living in Kansas and attending school at K-State certainly made it easier for me to go see my favorite band, Radiohead, play at the Sprint Center. The concert definitely goes down as the best show I’ve ever seen, and I would say that even if Radiohead wasn’t my absolute favorite band. I’ve seen St. Vincent, Iron & Wine, Miike Snow, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, and even the poor man’s Radiohead, Coldplay, and none of them were able to come close to the level that that band gave to those in attendance that night. Three encores, 25 songs altogether, and the audience went crazy each time a new song played.
When the moment came for the band to take the stage the Sprint Center was a buzzed ,but then it became quiet as Thom Yorke began to play the piano the first song that they played was Daydreaming and for that entire song we were memorized. They certainly started off on a high note.
Although the band was touring their last album, A Moon Shaped Pool, a lot of the songs in their came from past albums such as Kid A, In Rainbows, Hail to the Thief, and especially OK Computer. It shouldn’t be surprising that they played a lot of songs from the latter. OK Computer after all did set the band apart from other alternative rock bands of that time and placed them in a league of their own. Also, just last month marked their 20th anniversary for OK Computer.
Some of the songs that their set included were “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” “Bodysnatchers,” “Bloom,” “Separator,” “The National Anthem,” ”Burn the Witch,” Fake Plastic Trees,” “Identikit,” “Lucky,” ”Street Spirit (Fade Out),” “There There,”and “Karma Police.” I, along with the thousands in attendance, got our money’s worth, and something that should make those present feel special is the fact that Radiohead played “Eat You Alive” for the first time in eight years.
The concert was well worth the price of the ticket and the wait to see them play live, and for me, personally, it is the best concert I have ever been to. Who knows though? Perhaps I will get to witness a better performance by another band in the future. That’s the beauty of music if you open yourself to music you will always be surprised and excited for what you hear. So, for now, I will gladly and firmly say that the Radiohead concert was the best show I’ve ever been to.
By Clinton Willis