So. It was an intense experience. Two times in Paris, one time in Lyon in a roman theater...
I had never seen them before but they're in my life since 2007. In my life. I couldn't begin to explain how much their music is like a second body to me. Immerse yourself in love?
I try. But I often immerse myself into Radiohead.
I went insane in the last months waiting for A Moon Shaped Pool. I have been waiting for that album as if it had the power to save me for years. As we all know, The King of Limbs was underwhelming: a fun experience, but it didn't deserve to be the only thing we would get in nine years. Anyway, Bloom is fantastic. Don't blow your mind with why.
I've quoted that line to myself a lot since February 2011. I was in Paris when Thom played a beautiful version of Bloom on the piano. It was like...you know, I thought: cool, yeah, I did blow my mind with why, but that song is still there, still new.
Anyway! A Moon Shaped Pool is a fantastic album. A sad one, but that doesn't mean that sadness can't be beautiful. You kind of need an attraction to sadness to love Radiohead that much. That's the paradox. Listening to Radiohead is a joyful experience to me. It's like Thom Yorke smiling while singing awfully sad lines.
The first night in Paris was intense. I was in front of Jonny, second row. I couldn't describe the intensity in the air. The band seemed moved, they seemed to appreciate the moment—and I did, too, appreciate. I don't talk a lot about Radiohead in real life. Not so long ago, my brothers made fun of me when I was listening to Kid A. So it was strange to suddenly be around fans, people who are as intimate with the band as you are—you begin to say words out loud you've only written before. Keywords. The crowd knew Radiohead, was vibrating with me.
They played Creep that night as a reward, I think, the crowd was really amazing, and it was fantastic to have Creep because it wasn't about the song, it was about expressing our love.
Night 2: front row, in front of Ed. Great setlist, once again. My first Talk Show Host—one of the best songs this tour. Jonny's side is great, he does a lot of weird things, but I liked Ed's, too. You'll have your eye contact. THERE THERE! I can quote songs...They ended with Karma Police, Thom playing the guitar at the end while the crowd was singing. For a minute there, folks, I lost myself. I swear.
Lyon! Wow, what a great venue. It's a small roman theater. You could visit the place before. It was empty. The screens were on stage. It was small. And I saw Radiohead there. Front row, between Thom and Jonny. I was so close...I could high-five them, I think. It was an emotional night for me. The last night. I was anxious. Will I wait five years for the next time? But I was also glad it would end. Only because I needed to sleep.
They played five songs from Ok Computer that night, which is great but...well, you can't have a perfect setlist. I didn't get How To Disappear Completely—but I will, one day, I hope.
I've seen Radiohead! It happened! It was real! After years wondering how it would be...it was...and it was great.