Just four stops into Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool U.S. tour and we’re already swimming in Yorke-inspired goodness.
The band has been consistent in opening up their show with three emblematic tracks from A Moon Shaped Pool—“Daydreaming,” “Desert Island Disk,” and “Ful Stop”—before they segue into a medley of their classics from over the years. Aside from their openers, each show’s setlist has been considerably unique.
Through the course of the tour so far, they made sure to sprinkle in some rarities that they haven’t featured since 2008, like OK Computer’s “The Tourist” and Hail To the Thief’s “Where I End and You Begin.” Check out some fan footage below:
With such a wide-spanning discography like Radiohead’s, putting together a balanced setlist is no simple science. Arenas are filled to the brim with fans, both new and old, some of whom have been with the band since their humble beginnings back in the 1980s, each having their own personal journey with the music.
“The real magic, though, is in the communal nature of the whole experience,” journalist Kat Bein tells SPIN. “Radiohead’s catalog is so beloved, it belongs to the people singing in the crowd as much as it does to the geniuses on stage.”
Radiohead’s shows are just as much history lessons as they are performances. The band guides us through the extent of their musical success by diving into their cherished arsenal of nostalgia-inducing songs. Regardless of whether or not everyone gets to hear their all-time favorite, it’s an experience in itself to see the band who’ve influenced millions of fans perform their songs for you in the flesh.
One month from now, May 8, marks the anniversary of the digital release of A Moon Shaped Pool. The band’s ninth album came to be their sixth No. 1 album in the UK and has been featured on multiple ‘Best Album of the Year’ lists.
Though we can’t tell you what songs you can expect to hear, we can tell you that it will blow your mind.
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