October 10, 2003

All in all, an excellent show last night at MSG, perhaps the loosest and most relaxed that I've seen this band.

Sit Down. Stand Up.
Where I End and You Begin
Kid A
Morning Bell
My Iron Lung
I Might Be Wrong
Sail To The Moon
Paranoid Android
Punch Up At a Wedding
Go To Sleep
The Gloaming
Fake Plastic Trees
There There

You And Whose Army?
The National Anthem
Wolf at the Door
How To Disappear Completely

Encore 2:
Karma Police
True Love Waits
Everything In Its Right Place

The good:

  • Although the setlist mainly featured songs from Hail to the Thief and Kid A, the older songs were much appreciated.
  • Fake Plastic Trees, where the sustain of electric guitars and Thom's voice filled the Garden.
  • 2+2=5 as the opener.
  • Thom mugging for the camera (and the crowd response) during You and Whose Army
  • The driving rhythm of The National Anthem
  • Karma Police -> True Love Waits

The not-so-good:

  • The sound at the Garden, at least from where I was sitting, was muddy, with the bass suffering the worst.

  • Except for two instances (The Gloaming -> Idioteque and Karma Police -> True Love Waits), the flow of the set suffered because of all the shifting around of instruments. A veritable swarm of roadies came on between each song to outfit Ed, Thom and Johnny with whatever guitars, keyboards or noisemakers necessary for each song. Instead of carrying the crowd's enthusiasm from song to song, the show plodded forward deliberately, especially where energetic new songs followed old favorites.

Photos: Bluejake

Setlist: 58hours

Reviews: Green Plastic

Posted by Andrew Raff at October 10, 2003 06:07 PM
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