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- Posted on Oct 3rd 2009 2:00PM by Liz Colville
Yorke announced his new band lineup -- Beck drummer Joey Waronker, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, percussionist and Forro in the Dark lead Mauro Refosco, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea on bass -- on the Radiohead blog Dead Air Space last week.
Celebrities including Spike Jonze, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kim Gordon and members of Muse came to Friday's show, which the ever-modest Yorke played down as a "warmup show" on Dead Air Space. It's going to be "kind of a rehearsal," he wrote, and cautioned in an earlier post, "[W]e don't really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well ...we haven't got that much material yet!"
But Yorke and the band exceeded those expectations, playing 'The Eraser' in its entirety and in order, followed by four solo numbers by Yorke and three more songs with the full band. Radiohead fansite At Ease Web confirmed the solo songs as "Open The Floodgates," "Lotus Flower," "Skirting On The Surface" and "Judge, Jury & Executioner," but added that "it's not clear how many of those are Thom Yorke or Radiohead songs." "Skirting" and "Floodgates" have been around for awhile, At Ease claims, and the latter was "soundchecked (with drums) at Bayside in San Diego on June 27th, 2006 and never heard from again. Until last night."
Yorke prefaced "Floodgates" with a little message to the chattering audience: "If you want to have a chat, then ---- off outside," adding, to the crowd's amusement, "'course, you won't be able to get back in."
The final two tracks of the night, "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses" and "The Hollow Earth," come from Thom Yorke's new 12" vinyl release, which has a limited 8,000-copy pressing, but will be available digitally "through the usual channels" on October 6, according to Dead Air Space. On the blog, Yorke also mentions that "Horses" is a Yorke and Jonny Greenwood creation, while "Earth" was intended for 'The Eraser' but didn't quite make it.
The band's next stop is L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre, where they'll play two shows this Sunday and Monday.
Watch videos of last night's new track performances below.