Monday, May 12, 2008

Radiohead at Nissan Pavilion

Yes, it was a constant downpour while I held a giant umbrella above me and my friends' heads for over an hour. And yes, it was hard to hear over the rain and my own chattering teeth. And sure, a lot of people never actually made it in to the concert because of flooding. But it turned out to be a great show because it was the first time I've seen Radiohead live.

Flooding on nearby roads led to major traffic delays and prevented some ticket holders from reaching the sold-out venue, adding to the legend of local Radiohead rainouts. In 2001, the band canceled two shows at Bull Run Park in Centreville because of flooding, and in 1998, Radiohead was on the bill of the massive Tibetan Freedom Concert when lightning struck RFK Stadium, forcing promoters to suspend the show. (Radiohead performed the following day.)

A statement on the Radiohead Web site noted the band's run of bad luck with the elements here: "We've had floods [at Bull Run Park], lightning at the RFK stadium, so there must be some kind of Biblical fix between us and DC. Frogs next time?"


All I Need (In Rainbows)
Jigsaw Falling Into Place (In Rainbows)
Lucky (OK Computer)
Nude (In Rainbows)
Pyramid Song (Amnesiac)
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
Myxomatosis (Hail to the Thief)
Idioteque (Kid A)
Faust Arp (In Rainbows)
Videotape (In Rainbows)
Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
Just (The Bends)
Reckoner (In Rainbows)
Everything In Its Right Place (Kid A)
Bangers & Mash (In Rainbows - Bonus Disk)
Bodysnatchers (In Rainbows)
Like Spinning Plates (Amnesiac)

Encore One:
Optimistic (Kid A)
Karma Police (OK Computer)
Go Slowly (In Rainbows - Bonus Disk)
Planet Telex (The Bends)

Encore Two:
Fake Plastic Trees (The Bends)
National Anthem (Kid A)
House of Cards (In Rainbows)

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