We trooped out to Newark, New Jersey (sister city to Tampa, FL it seems) and the Prudential Center to see Radiohead on Friday. After getting our tickets and waiting in line for no more than 30 minutes, Evan and I found ourselves inside the arena with maybe 50 other people. We walked right to the front of the stage and held down a spot about 5 rows back for the entire show. I can say without hesitation that it was the worst crowd for a Radiohead show I’ve ever experienced but when you’re that close and no one is jostling for position, crowd surfing or even moving much you can really enjoy the details. And there was alot to enjoy… A 23 song set (setlist after the jump) with probably the best visual accompaniment I’ve ever seen. Even better than the incredible In Rainbows set up. Thom was a little out of it, with silly comments and even a couple of mistakes. I guessed trees and a few drinks but he claimed no sleep and cold medicine. Either way it didn’t stop them from putting on an A+ show with plenty of highlights. There were pitch perfect renditions of “Staircase” and “Separator.” A vicious one-two combo of “Lotus Flower” and “The National Anthem.” A new organ part by Jonny on “Reckoner.” Concert rarirty “Kid A” with Thom singing along with the vocoder effects. “How To Disappear Completely” couldn’t have sounded better. Even new addition “Identikit” was immediately likable with an incredible  instrumental break in the middle. An absolutely gorgeous version of “Pyramid Song” was my personal highlight but closing the show with an REM cover (Michael Stipe was apparently in the crowd) that segued right into “Everything In Its Right Place” was about as good as it gets. For an over the top SuperFan such as myself there just isn’t a more satisfying concert experience. Nothing really comes close. Evan got some great shots (and a hilarious Loopcam gif) that will give you an idea how close we were and all the different screen configurations they used. Shout to Staxx for grabbing us floor seats for another very memorable performance.

Setlist
01 Bloom
02 15 Step
03 Bodysnatchers
04 Kid A
05 Staircase
06 The Daily Mail
07 Myxomatosis
08 The Gloaming
09 Separator
10 Pyramid Song
11 Morning Mr Magpie
12 Identikit
13 Lotus Flower
14 The National Anthem
15 Feral
16 Idioteque
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17 How To Disappear Completely
18 Supercollider
19 Go To Sleep (tour debut)
20 Paranoid Android
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21 Give Up The Ghost
22 Reckoner
23 The One I Love/Everything In Its Right Place

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