News Update: A tragedy occurred at Downsview Park in Toronto, ON yesterday. While about a dozen crew members were setting up Radiohead’s stage for a large outdoor gig last night, the roof of the stage collapsed. According to media reports, one person was killed and three others were injured by the falling debris. Alan Cross’s blog is reporting that the deceased is 33-year-old Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson. It’s an unspeakably dark, heartbroken time for the band, their closely-knit crew, and the music industry in general.
Last weekend, Radiohead put on one of their typically epic performances at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN. For a brief time, the entire gig was available up on the web in high-definition glory. Poking around today, I notice that the festival has blocked the 2-hour 20-minute complete performance video. However, a few individual songs are still available, three of which are linked below… for now. It’s enough to give you a vicarious sense of the majestic power and ethereal beauty that makes Radiohead the best band working today.
I dearly wish these guys would officially release a nicely-shot blu-ray concert film. It would make my whole frickin’ year. Maybe the lack of an official video is meant to preserve the mystery and exclusivity of needing to see them live in concert. But in this day and age, with amateur video splashed all across the internet and bootleg video releases popping up in mass-market stores, perhaps there aren’t any more secrets.
The complete Bonnaroo setlist was:
Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
The Daily Mail
I Might Be Wrong
Morning Mr. Magpie
You and Whose Army?
House of Cards
Everything In Its Right Place (w/ True Love Waits)
Give Up The Ghost