Most bands aren’t worth a four-hour bus ride, much less two of them, but Radiohead totally is. Our travels were rewarded last night in DC with a crazy setlist, signaled by the early appearance of “Airbag” despite this tour’s broad post-2000 slant. A few songs later they busted out “Meeting in the Aisle” - yes! - whose relaxed groove was an excellent fake-out leading into a berserk “National Anthem.” The band seemed in high spirits, fully recovered from Newark’s minor jitters. (Or maybe it was just that they skipped “Idioteque” this time?) Thom’s sustained high notes on “Nude” and “Give Up the Ghost” are still soaring in my memory this morning. I’ll also remember a flawless “Codex,” and the band’s playful jams toward the end of “Identikit” and “Go to Sleep,” a welcome break from their usual laser focus. All that on a Sunday night, and “You and Whose Army?” too? Yep, so worth it.
Setlist image found on Twitter.