There aren’t many things that you can truly say have remained the same for the past 20 years. One constant is Radiohead is today, as it was then, the best live band in the world. Beyond my opinion, this seemed to be the consensus among the 9,000 people that crowded Berkeley’s Greek Theater on Tuesday night, for the band’s second show in the Bay Area in as many days. Unlike Monday’s rainy debut, the Tuesday set took place in perfect spring weather. A perfect night for a perfect concert.
Like every show Radiohead has played in the Bay Area expectations were high. Tickets sold out in minutes, and around me, I could hear stories of people spending insane amounts of money on Stubhub for the right to witness this historic night. And historic it was, as the band selected songs from eight of their nine studio albums (no Pablo Honey), giving some special love to material from OK Computer and In Rainbows, as well as their highly acclaimed recent album A Moon Shaped Pool.
The band’s flawless yet playful vibes, combined with the venue’s intimate atmosphere– there’s not a bad seat in the house– made this a night to remember. Radiohead had come straight from Coachella where their performance was marred by technical difficulties. Berkeley’s amphitheater was the place chosen for redemption. Not that Radiohead really owes the fans anything, they always leave it all on the stage, the technical difficulties just seem to haunt them in California. From their Outside Lands sets to last weekend in the desert.