Radiohead U.S. Tour Kicks Off In Houston
Radiohead kicked off its first major North American tour in more than three years last night (June 18) at the Woodlands Amphitheater outside of Houston. The 22-song, two-hour set drew exactly half ofRadiohead kicked off its first major North American tour in more than three years last night (June 18) at the Woodlands Amphitheater outside of Houston. The 22-song, two-hour set drew exactly half of its material from the British group's two most recent Capitol albums, last year's "Kid A" and the brand new "Amnesiac," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 last week.
Aside from the group's 1993 debut "Pablo Honey," all of Radiohead's albums were well represented. Four songs were played from 1995's "The Bends," including "Bones" and the title track, which closed the show. From "OK Computer" came "Climbing up the Walls," "Exit Music (For a Film)," "Lucky," "No Surprises," "Karma Police," and a show-stopping version of "Paranoid Android," which frontman Thom Yorke dedicated to "all the people in the back smoking weed."
Opening act the Beta Band was forced to miss its slot due to van trouble, and was replaced by a local DJ, who spun records for 30 minutes before Radiohead took the stage. The tour continues tomorrow (June 20) at Red Rocks Amphitheater, outside of Denver. For a full review of last night's show, visit Billboard.com's Live Reviews section.