Radiohead Returns To Action With New Songs
Radiohead played its first show in nine months last night (July 22) at Lisbon, Portugal's Lisbon Coliseum, and unveiled nine new songs in the first set of a 26-song performance. The opener of a 12-datRadiohead played its first show in nine months last night (July 22) at Lisbon, Portugal's Lisbon Coliseum, and unveiled nine new songs in the first set of a 26-song performance. The opener of a 12-date tour, last night's show saw the debuts of new songs such as "There There," "We Suck Young Blood," and "Myxomatosis," according to fan site At Ease Web. Recordings of several tunes are already circulating on the Internet.
The group, which as previously reported, is working on its sixth Capitol studio album, unveiled all the new material before taking an intermission and returning for a set of older songs, including "I Might Be Wrong," "Paranoid Android," and "Street Spirit." Radiohead also played a heavily revamped rendition of the rarity "Lift," minus the soaring back-up vocal from guitarist Ed O'Brien. The cut has never been released but has occasionally been featured in live sets since 1998.
According to fan reports, frontman Thom Yorke played keyboards on three of the new songs. "There There" found Yorke singing a catchy, meandering vocal melody and featured additional drumming by O'Brien and guitarist Jonny Greenwood. The other new songs played are thought to be titled "Scatterbrain," "Strangely Enough," "I Will," "Sail (You) to the Moon," and "The Punch Up at the Wedding."
The tour continues tonight with the second of three dates at Lisbon Coliseum and wraps with an Aug. 5-7 stand in Salamanca, Spain. According to a spokesperson, Radiohead has no plans to tour North America this year.
Here are Radiohead's tour dates:
July 23-24: Lisbon, Portugal (Coliseum)
July 26-27: Oporto, Portugal (Coliseum)
July 30-Aug. 1: San Sebastian, Spain (Teatro Kursal)
Aug. 3: Benicassim, Spain (Benicassim Festival)
Aug. 5-7: Salamanca, Spain (Palacio Congresos)