Radiohead fan has shock encounter with band for in-store jam session

Unexpected encounter came before band's Austin City Limits headline set

A Radiohead fan has described an alleged unexpected encounter with the band before their show in Austin at the weekend.

Radiohead headlined the first night of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, performing a brief Smiths cover on Friday night (September 30).

Following the show, a Reddit user named LetTheDeedShaw detailed meeting frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood at a synth shop before the gig.

The user wrote: “We drove 10 hours to see Radiohead last night at ACL. Third time seeing them, and they were incredible as always. The other reason I was excited to visit Austin was to visit a synth shop called Switched On.”

“As I’m working on a patch on their demo wall, I look over my fiancé’s shoulder and see what appears to be [Jonny] Greenwood jamming on an old ARP. I stand up, draw my fiancé toward me and say ‘that’s [Jonny] Greenwood.’ As that sets in, I hear the stool I had been sitting on roll up to the case of modules. I turn around, and there’s Thom Yorke, sitting six inches from me and messing around with a couple of modules.”

“I also notice I’m wearing my Radiohead shirt,” he continued, later adding that he was “sitting with my arms folded” to cover his band T-shirt but that “there’s no way [Thom] didn’t notice” it.

“We stay for a while and listen to the store clerk and Thom talk, playing it cool and just trying to soak up this incredible interaction… I was determined not to make this a fan moment, because I knew the most valuable thing I could give him was a normal moment in a synth shop.”


“As I’m patching, I hear ‘what’s that there?’ from over my shoulder, and there Thom is, checking out what I was doing. We talked and patched for about an hour, joking about how esoteric and complicated some synth modules are.”

“It was all like a dream. We jammed a little more… It was really beautiful and validating seeing my absolute hero geeking out over the same convoluted hobby that I do. We didn’t discuss who they were, we didn’t discuss the show, and we didn’t discuss how I was about to pass out from joy.”

Radiohead complete their shows for the year with another headline set this Friday (October 7) at Austin City Limits Music Festival’s second weekend.

Thom Yorke told Radio 1 earlier in September that Radiohead will tour again next year. They are among the favourites to headline Glastonbury in 2017, along with The Stone Roses, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran.

Earlier this week they released ‘Ill Wind’, a brand new song from the special edition box-set of their latest album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

‘Ill Wind’ is one of two bonus tracks on the box-set, which was sent to fans last week (September 29). The other is ‘Spectre’, the song the band wrote when they were approached to record the last Bond theme, which ultimately went to Sam Smith.