(Photo credit: Raymond Flotat)
This weekend, Radiohead closed out the second day of Lollapalooza’s 25th year in Chicago’s Grant Park. With the set coming in at a whopping 2 hours, it included songs from all walks of the Radiohead timeline. Included in the performance are standouts such as “2 + 2 = 5”, “Identikit”, “Everything in Its Right Place”, “Let Down”, and “Burn the Witch.” The set included not one but two encores, and closed with 90’s oldie-but-goodie “Karma Police.”
Although lyrically introspective and sonically subdued, Radiohead has become well-known for their live performances throughout the band’s career. Take a look at the entire performance from Sunday, July 31 below:
The influential alternative band has been in the music news headlines quite a bit during 2016. First came the announcement the band would play their first live shows since 2012 – and not only that, but they would play their as-yet-unreleased new album in full at Primavera Sound in Spain. A few months later the band formed a new company, Dawnnchoruss Ltd., the second time they did so this year.
Then there was a bit of confusion when Brian Message, who works as a partner at Radiohead’s management firm but does not directly handle the band, stated that there was a new Radiohead album in the works, it will be released in June and that it was “like nothing you’ve ever heard.” A few weeks later, the band removed all social media presence, released a new single “Burn the Witch,” announced their still-untitled album would come out in May 2016, and two days later gave the world “A Moon Shaped Pool.” The band also posted a series of vignettes created by guest artists to their social media pages throughout the spring and summer, and hosted a worldwide listening party at record stores all over the globe – though one located in Istanbul, Turkey was violently attacked though it appears no one was killed. Wrapping up what has been a busy 2016, Radiohead announced and released a live album titled Pathways to Paris that features guest appearances from Patti Smith and Flea.
With 2016 still only 3/4 of the way finished, there is a strong likelihood that Radiohead can continue to build on what has become their most visible and influential year in quite some time.