Radiohead is back in the U.S. for the first time in four years and they saved some bust outs for all of us State side. While the band opened their first night at Madison Square Garden with the first five songs from their latest masterpiece, A Moon Shaped Pool, they got into their catalogue with a tour debut of “15 Step” from their 2007 album In Rainbows. To open the first encore, Radiohead treated the audience to “Let Down” from their 1997 classic Ok Computer, a song they hadn’t played since 2006. You can check out “Let Down” embedded above.
As Rolling Stone pointed out, and with no surprises, Radiohead played a politically charged show to reflect current events here in the U.S. The first thing heard before the show started was an audio clip from a Nina Simone interview that went thusly: "I'll tell you what freedom is to me: No fear. I mean, really – no fear." Of course there was the anti-establishment rhetoric of “No Surprises,” and an interesting thing happened when during “The National Anthem” a broadcast from the Democratic National Convention found its way into the mix. But as Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone also pointed out, the band seemed to be having a blast and that alone speaks volumes.
Radiohead returns to MSG tonight for another go. Keep it at AXS.com for your complete Radiohead coverage.