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Radiohead in Montreal (original image by Zhu)
Yesterday was the day I’ve been excited for since I got my ticket last week; Radiohead in Montreal. I have quite a bit to write so I’ll try to keep it short with hopes people may actually read it, so I’ll try and keep it to the point.
Got on a bus in Toronto and about 5 hours later ended up in Ottawa with Michael. We got to his place shortly after midnight and I set up my bed on the couch. I wasn’t very tired, and at around 2am Shawna sent me a text saying we need to hang out while I’m in town, so what better time than the present? Who knew that as soon as we started walking it would start pouring? But I did see a downtown Ottawa fight which I’ve heard about in the past…
Anyway, woke up the next morning, bussed to Montreal, and headed to Schwartz’s for lunch. The line was way too long so we went somewhere else, but there was a sign saying there would be a 2nd Schwartz’s next door for take-out only which makes me excited for the future.
We met up with some other people and spent most of the afternoon waiting for the 6th person who had some of our tickets. It was quite a lot of waiting, but we got to the show, got through the packed metro, got through the massive line up and found a good spot to watch the show, sitting on the hill. And Grizzly Bear were a great opening act, I would think it would be hard to find a good opening band for Radiohead but they did it!
The rain wasn’t very pleasant but it wasn’t too bad, it really only affected the exit of the show with everyone walking through the mud.
Eventually, Radiohead took the stage. The last time I saw them was in 2006 and it was probably the best live show I’ve ever seen, so expectations were high, and expectations were met and exceeded. Firstly, the set-list:
- 15 Step
- There There
- Morning Bell
- All I Need
- My Iron Lung
- Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
- The Gloaming
- The National Anthem
- Fake Plastic Trees
- Like Spinning Plates
- Jigsaw Falling Into Place
- Faust Arp
- Paranoid Android
- Bangers and Mash
- Karma Police
- House of Cards
- You And Whose Army?
- Everything In It’s Right Place
Yes, that’s right, I finally got Paranoid Android! Disappointed at the lack of Airbag, No Surprises, Street Spirit, Pyramid Song, and others but the set list was too good to complain about (and of those 4, 3 were played the last time I saw them live). Karma Police ended with Thom playing guitar softly while 35,000+ people sang ‘for a minute there I lost myself‘ together. (you can hear it in the mp3’s posted below)
As you can see, they played In Rainbows in its entirety and still got in a lot of classics at the same time. I was so glad I got to see Paranoid Android, when I first heard that song it changed my view on music as a whole and what a song was ‘allowed’ to be. (I was 10-11 years old at the time and was only getting into music, Radiohead being one of the first bands I actually listened to as a band and not just a single)
I think it’s also important to point out that at 35,000, this show boasted the second largest crowd that the ‘parc’ had ever seen, seconded only to the 42,000 which Metallica was able to bring out back in 2003.
One of the best parts of the night was the coincidental occurance of having a fireworks conference next to the outdoor venue, which meant there was a very elaborate and expensive fireworks show going on from My Iron Lung until the end of the show. I questioned whether it was planned by the band or even happening on purpose (some blasts went on for so long I wondered if there was a fireworks factory fire or something) but at the end of the show I googled it and discovered the conference. Enjoyable, added to the atmosphere of the night.
There were a few points during the show where Thom even commented on the fireworks, right before Videotape saying ‘paying all this money for fireworks, the least you could do is fuckin’ do it at the end…and in time. Darling, really. Really, darling‘. A few songs before, during Faust Arp, Thom replaces the lyrics ‘duplicate and triplicate’ with ‘duplicate and fireworks’.
All in all, brilliant show. Apparently Nigel is touring with them which explains why the sound was so incredible. Not just a great performance by the band, but there were times (especially during My Iron Lung) where I was distracted by how great the sound was being mixed live. Amazing set list, amazing performance, amazing atmosphere, everything I wanted and more.
I’ve uploaded high quality mp3’s of the entire show, but to make it simple I’ve put all 26 files into a Zip folder. Right click below and select ‘save target/link as’ and save it to your computer. Feel free to share, but please link to this page rather than the zip file. Thanks!
If you’d like to check the quality before downloading the full show, here’s Idioteque and Jigsaw Falling Into Place.
I should note that I didn’t personally record this audio, someone sent me the files and I converted them into a shareable format.
It seems the server the files were on has gone down…I really don’t know but I can only assume. If you have somewhere else I can host these let me know.
The adventure home was a whole other story which I’ll explain later on, but was comprised of:
- 30,000+ people trying to leave at the same time through the Metro, which simply does not work
- walked back to bus station over the bridge (thanks to the Man in the Yellow Jacket!)
- sleeping on the sticky bus station floor
- finally the 5:30am bus arrives, and the driver drives away without me after telling me to change my ticket
- wait for next bus, eventually get back to Ottawa (Michael’s house)
- sleeping until 4pm
I’ll elaborate further later on. For now, good times with friends in Ottawa. Back to Barrie tomorrow for a weekend of who knows what!
Ps. Speaking of Radiohead, here’s an old video I made with Rikki using Everything In It’s Right Place.
EDIT: Turns out all the songs I didn’t see (but wanted to) were played in Toronto this past Friday. So if I would have went to both, I would have got to see everything I wanted. But camping was fun, and I’ve seen them before as I mentioned, so I’m not bummed.
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