Thom Yorke Brings LA To Surprise Gig

Our LA Rep Breaks Down Events...

When we got the news that Thom Yorke was going to be playing his first set with his new band at the Orpheum Theatre, LA we knew our West Coast connection had already got himself front row! A quick call to confirm things and a review for the hottest ticket in the city was on its way. We can’t blame the Radiohead frontman for deserting London for the sunny shores of the West Coast… As long as it's only temporary! So, in homage to his greatness, we still deliver you the review of the monumental night as if it were around the corner at The Forum.

There have been few times in the long history of popular music when a band with no name has generated as much anticipation and excitement as Thom Yorke’s new supergroup has in the last week. The band performed two very exclusive shows at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday and Monday night. The shows were announced at midnight a week ago on Monday, went on sale at 10 a.m. that morning, and were sold out in about 15 minutes. Such is the draw of Thom Yorke and Radiohead.

The singer said his new band, comprised of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Radiohead producer extraordinaire Nigel Godrich, had only rehearsed for three weeks, but you would never know it by the way they transformed Yorke’s twitchy 2006 solo album, The Eraser, into a syncopated, rhythm-filled dance party. The band played the album front to back, with Flea dropping slap bass bombs all over tracks like “Harrowdown Hill” and “Cymbal Rush”, while Refosco’s Brazilian percussion transformed the groove on “The Clock” into some kind of acoustic dubstep mashup. After a quick break, Yorke returned to play some new tracks as solos on the piano, before the entire band followed to play his new 12″ “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses”, as well as the b-side “The Hollow Earth” and Radiohead b-side “Paperbag Writer”.

I managed to haul myself out of the crammed show sandwiched between Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio of all people. A bizarre ending to a very surreal night.

Thom we hope you stick around.

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