Radiohead & Beck (5 stars)

This article is from 2006.

Thom Yorke

Photo credit: Graham Clouston

Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Tue 22 Aug

Beck almost threatened to outshine Radiohead in a triumphant support slot with an upbeat funk party complete with dancing bears, cutlery as instruments and puppets galore. For once the flourishes didn't feel like gimmicks but added to the audio-visual impact. Their short film with their puppet selves running amok through Edinburgh was a bizarre and genuinely funny highlight. Add to that classics like 'Loser', 'Devil's Haircut' and set closer and recent single 'E-Pro' and Beck is one of the most consistently entertaining performers out there, oozing charm and killer tunes with equal ease.

But tonight would always belong to Radiohead. From opener 'Airbag' the crowd were enthralled. Even with shows on this scale Thom Yorke adds an intimacy and fragility that few can master, his face writ large and fractured across the backdrop. There is a sadness that runs through most of Radiohead's greatest work and it is this emotional weight they so effortlessly bring to the stage. But that's not to say they can't rock, and an early 'Iron Lung', a crashing beast of screamed anguish of epic proportions, proved that in spades. There were just too many classic moments to mention, 'Karma Police', 'The National Anthem', 'Paranoid Android', 'You and Whose Army' and 'Just' being just the tip of the iceberg. Three new tracks 'Videotape', 'All I Need' and 'Bodysnatchers' fitted seamlessly into their set, though crowd trouble marred 'Morning Bell', with Yorke stopping the song midway to tell the front rows to calm down. But it was a magnificent 'Creep' that ended their two-hour set that was the anthem of the evening.


  1. Airbag
  2. 2+2=5
  3. The National Anthem
  4. My Iron Lung
  5. Morning Bell
  6. Videotape
  7. Nude
  8. Lucky
  9. The Gloaming
  10. Where I End And You Begin
  11. Paranoid Android
  12. All I Need
  13. Pyramid Song
  14. Fake Plastic Trees
  15. I Might Be Wrong
  16. Idioteque
  17. How To Disappear Completely

Encore 1

  1. You And Whose Army?
  2. Bodysnatchers
  3. Just
  4. Karma Police

Encore 2

  1. There There
  2. True Love Waits/Everything In Its Right Place
  3. Creep


Indie visionaries who grew to become a global prog-rock phenomenon.


American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Beck Hansen plays alternative rock and anti-folk.

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