So How Was the Concert?

Oh, it was fine.

Just kidding, it was AMAZING! Oh my gosh, I loved every second of it.  This was my 3rd time seeing Radiohead in concert, and I think it was my favorite. We were way up high, but you could still make everyone out, which is great, cause it would be a shame to miss seeing Thom Yorke's famous dancing.

I know it seems silly to drive 5+ hours to see a concert when you live in the 3rd biggest city in the country. But at the time the St. Louis tickets went onsale, there was no Chicago date set. Recently, I learned that they are coming to the Chicagoland area this June, but we'll be in NY for a friends wedding and would have missed the concert. BOOM.

Our hotel was awesomely about a block away from the stadium. See? This was the view from our hotel:

The stadium from our hotel

Since I'm a nervous nelly about being places on time, I made Fuzzy go with me to the stadium early so that we could find our seats, get drinks, and visit the merch table.  Speaking of merch, I got this awesome shirt and this guy, the Crying Minotaur:
Radiohead Doll
He's made from old tour t-shirts!

Here was our view: Scottrade Center

And Radiohead in action: Radiohead!!

Ok, so that photo is not so great, but it's something! The lightshow was amazing. They had all these flat paneled monitors on cables that would raise and lower and go into a different position for each song, and a row of monitors on the top of the stage. They had cameras on each band member, so you could see them play and sing and things would fade in and out. You can kind of see it here: Radiohead!!

I got chills at the beginning of almost every song. I got teary eyed 4 times. It was impossible to sit still, so I did a lot of rocking, bouncing, head nodding and leg slapping while in my chair. (I feel for the girl sitting next to me--I was on her right, and her date on her left was Super Fan who really wanted to impress her. He kept explaining things to her and showing that he knew when drum riffs were happening and singing lyrics to her. She seemed unimpressed by the whole thing, and there she was, sandwiched between 2 people who were rocking back and forth dancing.) They did 2 encores, and they could have done 100 more. Every song was amazing. Oh man, I can't rave about it enough!

Here is the set list, courtesy of TKOL Part 2
1. Bloom (The King of Limbs)
2. 15 Step (In Rainbows)
3. Airbag (OK Computer)
4. Little by Little (The King of Limbs)
5. Morning Mr Magpie (The King of Limbs)
6. Myxomatosis (Hail to the Thief)
7. Kid A (Kid A)
8. Videotape (In Rainbows)
9. The Daily Mail (The King of Limbs: Newer Tracks)
10. The Amazing Sounds of Orgy (Amnesiac)
11. Karma Police (OK Computer)
12. Identikit (New Song!)
13. Lotus Flower (The King of Limbs)
14. There There (Hail to the Thief)
15. Feral (The King of Limbs)
16. Reckoner (In Rainbows)
17. Separator (Encore #1)
18. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
19. Lucky Everything In It's Right Place (Kid A)
20. Give Up The Ghost (The King of Limbs)* (Encore #2)
21. You And Whose Army? (Amnesiac) **
22. Idioteque (Kid A)

* This was awesome and done with recording vocal loops.
** I think this was my favorite performance of the night. The monitors were arranged in such a way that it looked like one big giant distorted Thom face. My favorite Radiohead songs are the really lilting vocal slow somber ones (ironically and unfortunately, the ones that Fuzzy likes the least), and Amnesiac is one of my favorite of their albums, so it was gorgeous and chilling.