Review: Radiohead deliver ambitious sonic assault at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa
After months of waiting -- months of anticipation, obsession, celebration, commiseration, excitement, panic, nostalgia, reflection, remembrance, reinterpretation and generosity -- Radiohead finally arrived at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, for the second show on their North American tour.
Following Miami's headline-grabbing tour opener -- two new songs and the first-ever live performance of Meeting in the Aisle -- Tampa fans didn't get a ton of surprises in this set. There was a second rendition of new song Identikit (which was fantastic) and a somewhat rare-in-recent-years performance of Myxomatosis (which blew the doors of the hinges) and a closing treat of Karma Police and Street Spirit (Fade Out) (double hooray!). They did skip Codex from The King of Limbs, but, y'know, as the old saying goes, obsessive maniacs can't be choosers.
Sean Daly was among the (far from sold out, sadly) crowd of 11,962 fans in the house, and he writes:
Part of the art in Radiohead's art-rock is its visual sense, and as the band played the hypnotic Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, from 2007's groundbreaking In Rainbows, myriad screens tilted this way and that, flashing oceanic blues and blurring shapes that matched the rhythm. Drummer Phil Selway should get a medal in math for keeping the complex beat. ... Through it all, Thom Yorke was a bouncing, spasmic wonder; it's a magic trick how that voice comes from that guy. I swear he was doing "the Sprinkler" dance move during Lotus Flower.
-- Photo: Octavio Jones, tbt*