April 15, 2012


Coachella Day 2: Radiohead Bring Career-Spanning Set to Festival

Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

"We're going to play some new songs to prove we are still alive," said Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke during the band's 20-song, career-spanning headlining set at Coachella Saturday night.

Returning to the festival for the first time since 2004, the band's set focused on the beat-based atmospherics and mellow ambient of 2011's The King of Limbs, though still dug back for guitar-heavy classics.

After an indie rock-centered day on the main stage, featuring Kaiser Chiefs, The Shins and Bon Iver, Radiohead hit the stage with a dozen flatscreen panels projecting various angles of the performance. For his part, Yorke was especially genial and good-natured, cracking jokes between songs and inserting his usual brand of anti-hypocrisy commentary. "You know when you meet people and they only talk to you 'cause they want something?," asked the singer before the band went into "Karma Police." "You need a cold shower afterwards. This one's for them."

The one-hour-45-minute set including OK Computer classics "Lucky" and set closer "Paranoid Android," alongside the Yorke-described "relatively new" song "Identikit." The mostly ambient opening tracks got harder as the set progressed. "Now it's a loud one," said Yorke, introducing Hail to the Thief's "Myxomatosis". "Nice and fast, boys." 

Less remarkable, but still noteworthy, was that this was the second night in a row the headliner has worn a black leather jacket (The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach rocked the studded variety the night before.) Your move, Dr. Dre.

Set list:

1. Bloom
2. 15 Step
3. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
4. Morning Mr. Magpie
5. Staircase
6. The Gloaming
7. Pyramid Song
8. The Daily Mail
9. Myxomatosis
10. Karma Police
11. Identikit
12. Lotus Flower
13. There There
14. Bodysnatchers
15. Idioteque
16. Lucky
17. Reckoner
18. Everything In Its Right Place
19. Give Up the Ghost
20. Paranoid Android

Radiohead, "Everything in its Right Place"

Radiohead - Full Coachella Peformance

Be sure to check out Fuse's 10 best moments from Day 1, as well as the best photos from Coachella.