Radiohead stick it to the Greatest Hits at Malahide

You may not have heard about Radiohead's beef with the Greatest Hits album just been released by their old record label but its a beef they've made very vocal in recent weeks. So much so in fact that after they played their last song on Saturday night I said to myself that this was a great way to prove to people that they don't need such an anthology collection, as through the course of the gig they play barely any songs that could be considered classic Radiohead or at the very least recognisable to the casual fan/people who bailed out after OK Computer. That is until I found out what they played the previous night.

Fortunate for myself that I'm enough of a Radiohead fan that I don't need to hear the likes of "Creep" and "High and Dry" at a gig, but you can tell there is a few people in the crowd who hold tracks like these amongst their favourite songs and as a result feel a little bit let down by the bands continuing to defy expectations.

If it isn't apparently obvious to most that Radiohead (while perhaps not your favourite band) are in fact the Best band existing in the world at the moment then tonight is another step towards that realisation as they plough through innovative song after innovative song and clearly in love with performing these too. Always a fantastic live band they can't disappoint anybody who is willing to pull their head out of their asses and experience masters at the height of their game.

Incidentally for those who are thinking of checking out the Malahide castle gigs then note two things: 1) It is an EXCELLENT venue for live music. 2) If you haven't got the cash then you can go and sit in the grounds of the castle and still see the band with great audio at no cost whatsoever. Something I reckon I might have done for both Neil Young and Eric Clapton.

Click on the Read more for the set-lists for Friday and Saturday. Both drastically different to each other.

Saturday night.

1. 15 Step
2. Bodysnatchers
3. Airbag
4. Bangers and Mash
5. Nude
6. Pyramid Song
7. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
8. The Gloaming
9. National Anthem
10. Faust Arp
11. Videotape
12. Optimistic
13. Where I End and You Begin
14. Reckoner
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. All I Need
17. There There

First encore:
18. Exit Music (for a film)
19. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
20. Climbing Up The Walls
21. Planet Telex
22. How To Disappear Completely

Second Encore:
23. Supercollider
24. You And Whose Army?
25. Idioteque

Friday Night

1. All I Need
2. There There
3. Lucky
4. Bangers and Mash
5. 15 Step
6. Nude
7. Pyramid Song
8. Optimistic
9. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
10. National Anthem
11. Idioteque
12. Reckoner
13. House of Cards
14. Everything In Its Right Place
15. Faust Arp
16. Bodysnatchers
17. Videotape

First Encore:
18. The Gloaming
19. You And Whose Army?
20. Myxomatosis
21. My Iron Lung
22. How To Disappear Completely

Second Encore:
23. Supercollider
24. Just
25. Paranoid Android

And just for shits and giggles here's some live footage of the Friday gig where they played the new song Supercollider. By all accounts a Rainbow appeared just before this, making it, you know, fitting n' shit.

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June 10, 2008 at 6:37 AM red said...

When I saw Radiohead in 2003 on the Hail to the Thief tour they performed a Greatest Hits set- which I found kind of boring. After seeing them live for so many years, like you, I don't need to hear anything pre-Kid A anymore.
So I'm glad I went on Saturday too. Fantastic set.

June 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM Chrisnostanding said...

I listen to everything they have but I do like the odd old track. I saw them a few years ago in the point (I can't remember exactly how long ago) and the set was a bit dissapointing cause the sound was kinda crap and I didn't know the newer stuff but this year I just didn't have the money to go.
Man am I pissed that set list is so good...

June 10, 2008 at 6:09 PM Evil Bob said...

Wow me and Red shared breathing space. Awesome-tastic.