Radiohead Pays Tribute to Drum Tech at First Show Back

Radiohead returned to the stage tonight nearly a month after a stage collapse in Toronto led to the death of drum tech Scott Johnson and a delay of the tour. For this evening’s performance at Les Arenes in Nimes, France, the Brits offered the live debut of a track from 2000’s Kid A and paid tribute to Johnson as part of an unprecedented third encore.

[Photo by @fittr_happier]

Thom Yorke and Co. kicked off the concert with Lucky, the first time the tune has opened one of their shows since 1998. A major change was made to the tour’s set design as the moving screens above the band were now stationary and a giant LED screen was nowhere to be found. For the first song of the first encore, Radiohead dusted off Treefingers, a song from Kid A which had never been performed live. Also of note, the first encore also featured the second Videotape of the lengthy King of Limbs tour.


01 Lucky
02 Bloom
03 Morning Mr Magpie
04 15 Step
05 There There
06 Staircase
07 The Gloaming
08 Separator
09 I Might Be Wrong
10 Pyramid Song
11 Nude
12 Identikit
13 Lotus Flower
14 Feral
15 Little By Little
16 Paranoid Android
17 Treefingers (live debut)
18 Give Up The Ghost
19 Videotape
20 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
21 Full Stop
22 Everything In It Right Place
23 Idioteque
24 Reckoner

After taking their usual two encores, Radiohead returned for the first third encore of the year. Yorke thanked the crew and dedicated Reckoner to the fallen drum tech as pictures of Johnson were displayed behind them. Radiohead returns to Les Arenes in Nimes tomorrow.

[via Radiohead At Ease]

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  1. Treefingers is from Hail to the Thief. They played it live numerous times on the Hail to the Thief tour. Hasn’t been played lately, though.

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