35,000 fans cheer through the rain at Oxford's South Park...
RADIOHEAD rewarded a crowd of 35,000 rain-drenched fans with a greatest hits set in their hometown of OXFORD tonight (July 7).
The band have just left the stage at South Park at their biggest ever UK headlining show. The gig was their first of 2001 in the UK and their first in their hometown for five years. Supporting Radiohead were fellow hometown boys Supergrass and an acoustic Beck.
Inclement weather had threatened to turn nasty all day, but it wasn’t until the final half hour that a deluge came.
It took Radiohead some time to settle into the gig. Looking nervous and uncertain the band fluffed some early songs, even having to stop second track ‘Airbag’ and begin it again. During their two-and-a-half-hour set, that included classic Radiohead tracks ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ and breakthrough song ‘Creep’, frontman Thom Yorke dedicated ‘Paranoid Android’ to former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. The track includes the lines ‘Ambition makes you look pretty ugly/Kicking squealing Gucci little piggy’.
The stage set for the show was simple but dramatic. Huge silver curtains, emblazoned with the crying ‘Amnesiac’ bear, were hung from either side of the stage lit by stark strobe lights.
Supergrass played just one new track during their set, prefering instead to keep to familiar tunes such as ‘Richard III’ and ‘Sun Hits The Sky’. Beck, meanwhile, drew mostly from his ‘Mutations’ album.
Also appearing earlier today were Icelandic experimental rockers Sigur Ros and jazz legend and friend of Radiohead Humphrey Lyttleton.
There will be a full review of the show on NME.COM later tomorrow (July 8).
Radiohead’s full set-list was as follows:
‘Packt Like Sardines In A Crshed Tin Box’
‘My Iron Lung’
‘Exit Music (For A Film)’
‘Dollars & Cents’
‘Street Spirit (Fade Out) ‘
‘I Might Be Wrong’
‘Everything In Its Right Place’
‘Fake Plastic Trees’
‘You and Whose Army’
‘How To Disappear Completely’
‘Talk Show Host’
‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Colin & Thom alone – aborted)