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Radiohead finally take the stage in Israel, play their longest concert in 11 years: Setlist + Video

"A lot of stuff has been said about this, but in the end, we played some music," Thom Yorke told the crowd

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Radiohead, photo by Nathan Dainty
Radiohead, photo by Nathan Dainty

    Photo by Nathan Dainty

    Defying protests and calls for a cultural boycott, Radiohead took the stage at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday night. It marked the band’s ninth time playing the country — but their first visit since the launch of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement protesting Israel’s policies towards Palestine. While fellow musicians like Roger Waters, Brian Eno, and Thurston Moore called on Radiohead to cancel the gig, the band rejected the notion of a cultural boycott. As Thom Yorke explained in a tweet posted prior to the concert, “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government,” adding, “Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression.”

    Radiohead certainly let their music do the talking on Wednesday night, as the band served up a 27-song set that amounted to their longest performance in 11 years. The 17-song main set kicked off with “Daydreaming”, “Lucky”, “Ful Stop”, and “Lucky”, with “15 Step”, “All I Need”, “Pyramid Song”, “Let Down”, and “The Numbers” among the other notable performances. The first encore spanned six songs (!), including “No Surprises”, “Like Spinning Plates”, “Paranoid Android”, and “Reckoner”. A second, slimmer, but equally stellar encore closed out the night with “Creep”, “The Bends”, “There There”, and “Karma Police”. See the full setlist below. You can also find a lengthy Periscope recording of the performance,

    According to reports from the ground, Yorke spoke sparsely throughout the night, saying at the end of the show, “A lot of stuff has been said about this, but in the end, we played some music.”

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    Last night marked Radiohead’s final scheduled show of 2017, but Ed O’Brien recently revealed the band is planning a small tour next year.

    Setlist:
    Daydreaming
    Lucky
    Ful Stop
    Airbag
    15 Step
    Myxomatosis
    All I Need
    Pyramid Song
    Everything in Its Right Place
    Let Down
    Bloom
    Identikit
    Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
    The Numbers
    2 + 2 = 5
    Bodysnatchers
    Idioteque

    Encore:
    No Surprises
    Nude
    Like Spinning Plates
    Lotus Flower
    Paranoid Android
    Reckoner

    Encore 2:
    Creep
    The Bends
    There There
    Karma Police

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