Feb. 8th, 2009

ringlunatic: (Radiohead (live Victioria Park June 25))
Grammy rehearsals with Radiohead: 'There's a surreality to it all'



The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are Sunday night, and the rehearsal schedule for today is stacked with big names -- U2, Paul McCartney, Coldplay and Stevie Wonder -- but the day got off to an especially compelling start as Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead strolled in, shook off the rain and performed "15 Step" to the impressive accompaniment of the USC marching band.

Radiohead has racked up a fair number of Grammy accolades through the years (the band enters Sunday with five nominations for "In Rainbows," including its third career nomination for top album) but trophy galas are simple not its scene.

"I've called through years but the answer was always a polite no," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the show since 1980.

This year, the answer was yes, and there was crackling energy in the venue as the band ran through its number.

Yorke arrived looking more like a fan than a star with his scruffy leather jacket, bed-head hair and khaki-colored backpacker. He danced a little jig in the aisles as USC's Spirit of Troy warmed up with -- of course -- the Fleetwood Mac hit "Tusk."

The crew of the show is hard to impress, but by the third take it was all eyes on the stage as Yorke gave an animated interpretation of the song, one that somehow sounds both cerebral and tribal.

"Can you make my voice sound a little bit less shiny," Yorke asked the sound team. "Take the top off -- I like the idea of belting it out with these guys."


The USC band members were clearly thrilled with the prospect of a national spotlight as temporary members of Radiohead. Afterward, Greenwood said the marching band was an idea that he and Yorke brought with them to L.A.

"It's something we've been wanting to do with this song for a long time," he said.

He also said he was a bit dazed by the Grammys and its big tent, which has room for the band as well as the Jonas Brothers and Lil Wayne. "We never encounter any of these worlds," Greenwood said. "There's a surreality to it all."

-- Geoff Boucher

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I'm SO excited! In fact, if I'm able to find a good stream for the Grammys then I will probably suffer through it just to see their performance.

Picspam of excitement! )
ringlunatic: (Radiohead!Group)


Oh dear. This means that Radiohead is not on first, and that I do have to suffer through that boring award show. I don't give a fuck about the Grammys (although it would be nice if good people won things): I just want to see Radiohead play a song, live! D:

But there will be U2 (who totally don't deserve to perform, since they have done nothing for a couple of years! Next year, yes, this year: WTF?)

ETA:


I'm not sure what to do now. Stay awak (aka no sleep) or sleep (aka no live Radiohead)? My rational side is saying: I have a research to do tomorrow, my irrational side screams FUCK THAT it's RADIOHEAD (with bonus!U2)!

ETA2:
YAY Radiohead won Best Alternative Album and Adele won a thing too!

ETA3:
U2 looked and sounded great. This looks really promising for the tour. Very ZooTV :)

ETA4:
Oh God, I need a drink. How can anyone watch this completely sober? Seriously. How awful is this?

ETA5:
http://vimeo.com/3133824 - Radiohead rehearsing for their Grammy performance. EPIC! Thom's voice is spot on!

ETA6:
Seriously people, I like Coldplay, but Viva la Vida is really not that good.

ETA7:


Radiohead next?

ETA8: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So far the only good thing about the Grammys had been Twitter (seriously, that guy is hilarious), but OMG. HOW GOOD WAS RADIOHEAD? (Yes, I know I'm biased. Still best performance by miles of the night (second place for Adele). SO GOOD. And Thom's voice! Damn, I want to see them concert again now.

So now. Bed. Radiohead probably doesn't win anyway ;)

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