Radiohead: Toronto Sears Theatre

The crowd are simply smitten...

During the most anti-corporate phase of [a]Radiohead[/a]s career – ‘Kid A’

is a noisy, ambient, self-indulgent, polyrhythmic, liberating, unnatural

and, ultimately, defiant album, spawning no conventional singles or videos

Thom Yorke & co grace the stage of the Sears Theatre, which is named

after a department store and is part of the Air Canada Centre.

Yorke gets a kick out of the paradox and milks it for the duration

of Radiohead‘s two-hour set, randomly dedicating songs to a series of
Canadian and multi-national corporations. ‘Morning Bell’ is brought to us

“courtesy” of Labatts, ‘Airbag’ by Ford, ‘In Limbo’ by Pizza Pizza,
‘Optimistic’ by Labatts brewery rival Molson, ‘Lucky’ by MuchMusic, Nike for ‘How To Disappear Completely’ (“They’re such good

trainers”) and ‘No Surprises’ by EMI-Time Warner – er, “not yet.” For ‘Paranoid

Android’, he teams IBM and Gucci, before asking rhetorically, “Is it boring

yet? I think it’s still funny myself.”

This is just about the only banter Yorke offers during a set that

includes the as-yet-unreleased ‘Dollars And Cents’, the heady, otherworldly ‘Exit

Music(For A Film)’ and old B-side and live fave ‘Talk Show Host’.

The ‘Kid A’ songs’, played deftly and intuitively, and surprisingly by

the book, are given as much, if not more, respect from the attentive audience

than old classics like ‘Just’, ‘The Bends’ and ‘Karma Police’. While

no-one moshed in the general admission area at the foot of the stage, the

crowd are simply smitten.

Karen Bliss