ATOMS FOR PEACE Played Roseland Ballroom

-photo by Terry Dean Bartlett, text by Scot Bowman constructed from texts by Terry Dean Bartlett

The night started out on a hectic note, due to a blown manhole cover near the venue. 52nd & Broadway was completely shut down, with 20-something firetrucks in the area and a line winding around the block and down 7th Ave. Our man on the scene described it as a “super clusterfuck”. Once inside the venue, Flying Lotus opened the show. “This is driving loud. Ambient melodies and atmosphere buried deep under rolling, punishing beats.”

Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco took the stage for their set. “Flea is a perfect, dynamic match for Thom.” Flea apparently broke a string in the middle of a song, but carried it off flawlessly. He played melodica for “Skip Divided”. After the first set, Thom returned solo for three songs – “All For the Best”, “Fog” and the Radiohead track “Everything In It’s Right Place”. The full band then rejoined Thom to bring the night to a dramatic close, ending with “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”. This is how Terry described the last song via text – “driving tranced out reverb…kitchen table of metal objects to bang…layers of rhythm…that was the end, exquisite”. Oh, and Thom was apparently wearing blue underpants.

Night 2 setlist:

01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms For Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush
10 All For The Best (solo)
11 Fog (solo)
12 Everything In Its Right Place (solo)
13 Paperbag Writer
14 Judge, Jury and Executioner
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses

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One Response to ATOMS FOR PEACE Played Roseland Ballroom

  1. Joshua H. says:

    Cool beans. We were there too and made a recording of All For The Best and you can download the mp3. I think it was the first time it has ever been played live.

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