Last night, I saw Radiohead for the fourth time. However, considering the first three were at Lollapalooza, Coachella, and from the lawn at Blossom Music Center in Ohio, I’ve never actually seen any members of Radiohead, up close at least. But that all changed last night in what was perhaps the highlight of my life as an amateur photographer as I got to take pictures right up close of one of my favorite bands in the history of bands.
It had been 15 years since the band had been to town for whatever reason, but better late than never I say, and it was definitely better with over 20 songs played over the course of 2+ hours and 2 encores. It’s always the most exciting to see a band in my hometown, especially the ones that come to town just after I’ve convinced myself that they never will. The show was phenomenal as expected, giving a pretty even mix of everything OK Computer and beyond (though skewed a bit towards the newer material of course) and Mr. Yorke did acknowledge that it had been a hell of a long time since they’d come to town. Because sometimes it’s nice just to hear it from the band itself.
Anyway, check out a bunch of shots below from what will likely go down as my happiest/proudest moment as a freestyle music blogger. It was funny chatting before the show with the professional photographers who shoot everyone and their brother trying to act like it was no big deal for me, all the while jumping up and down inside uncontrollably. If there was any downside to the night, it was the fact that I showed up just too late to shoot Caribou, and then heard from several people how insane their set was to start the night off. But it was all worth it in the end. Here’s a few rad Radiohead remixes to stew on as well. I hope it’s not another 15 years before the band comes back to town.