Jonny Greenwood explains how Radiohead pick their setlists

Guitarist talks in new interview on Adam Buxton's podcast

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has explained how his band choose which songs to play live at their gigs, speaking in a new interview for Adam Buxton’s podcast.

Radiohead’s tour has so far seen them play ‘Creep’ sporadically, perform classic tracks live for the first time and switch things up at every show.

Appearing on the Adam Buxton podcast, Greenwood explained: “We tend to find that some songs suddenly don’t sound very good to our ears, and then we just leave them off for a while. Like, ‘No Surprises,’ we didn’t play for three or four years, just ’cause we tried it in rehearsal didn’t really feel it. But now it’s back in again. It’s got a swagger in it now.”


You can listen to the full interview below. Buxton had previously made an interpretative video for Radiohead track ‘Desert Island Disk’.

Greenwood has also spoken about how they pick their setlists in interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, which is set to air this Sunday (June 19) between 1-2pm.

In the interview, Greenwood revealed that the band planned to practice every song they’ve written for the tour: “So we started with one hundred twenty. It’s crazy. I mean, it’s just every song we’ve done. And then we gave up and realised that was stupid and got it down to about 60 or 70, and we played twenty four songs a night. So there’s a lot to choose from.”

Greenwood explained that it kept things “feeling fresh and interesting”, adding: “It drives our crew crazy as you might imagine because they don’t know what to do with the lights. But that’s okay. We’ve always been like that. We’ve always decided the setlist just before we play.”

Radiohead released their latest album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ in May.


They recently played a series of gigs in London and are set to head on tour to the US later in the summer.

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