For the last month, Radiohead have been adding archival concert footage from their Radiohead Public Library to their YouTube page. Now, they’ve added their 2006 Bonnaroo set, featuring the newly unearthed original desk audio. Check it out below.
In a statement, Jonny Greenwood called the Bonnaroo performance “the best festival experience [he’s] ever had in America.” He continued, “I hope the heat, dust, and smell of fine Southern whiskey comes over as well as the songs.”
Thom Yorke said of the performance "We did this festival called Bonnaroo. We did 2.5 hours. And there’s 80,000 people, admittedly they’ve been smoking the sticky green all day– probably wouldn’t go anywhere anyway. It was just amazing. We played loads of new stuff. We did whole sections of quiet piano songs and it sounds like the most grotesque, self-indulgent nonsense, but it probably is my favourite gig for years and years and years. It was a really mellow evening."
The 2006 tour was unique because the band was NOT backing an album – instead they were testing songs for their following one, In Rainbows, which came out the following year. They played six songs that ended up in the album: 15 Step, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Videotape, Nude, Bodysnatchers and House of Cards. It's pretty noticeable how different they sound here, specially Videotape (with less electronics, more guitar and a shifting beat).