Radiohead + Teenage Fanclub + Dandy Warhols | Harborlights Pavilion | August 23, 1997
Saturday-night special: Radiohead at Harborlights Pavilion. By Matt Ashare
This was pre–Kid A Radiohead. But it was also post–Pablo Honey Radiohead. Thom Yorke was, at this point, trying desperately to lead his band out of the limelight into the darker spaces where paranoid androids dwell. And the twin guitar attack of Radiohead was coming around, with more keyboards and gorgeous textures that could turn ugly at the snap of Yorke’s finger. Headlining over the cheery, guitar-driven Teenage Fanclub, at one time celebrated by Spin as the next big thing, and the oh-so-affected Dandy Warhols, who want so badly to be noticed, Yorke was in the best mood he’d been in on stage since Radiohead’s first tour of the States. Maybe it had something to do with their viewing Boston as a special place because Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, the Fort Apache producers who’d flown to England to record Pablo Honey and mixed the next two albums, weren’t just locals, they were at the show. Indeed, Yorke gave a little nod in the duo’s direction before the band played one song that had been largely excised from their setlists: “Creep.” It was a moving version, and yet another one of those special shows where you felt transported by the enormity of it all. Radiohead were going places — different places. You knew that. But for one night, they came down to Earth and invited us along for the ride toward transcendence.
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