Thom Yorke Debuts Songs in Open "Rehearsal" With New Band In Los Angeles (Video)
Though it wasn't exactly a "secret" gig - the event which Thom Yorke called "kind of a rehearsal" was announced on Radiohead's website in the early hours of Friday, October 2 - but Yorke and his new band debuted in Los Angeles last night at the intimate club, the Echoplex. Yorke and his still-unnamed new side project are also slated to play two shows at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater on October 4 and 5.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the show's last minute sale crashed Ticketweb and sold out in minutes, though tickets appeared on Craigslist for $750 and eBay for $3500. Celebrities who made it into the hallowed grounds of the tiny club last night included Ellen Page of "Juno" fame, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Spike Jonze, producer Rick Rubin, Danger Mouse, and members of Daft Punk, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Cold War Kids and Neon Neon.
According to the NME, Yorke, joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, drummer Joey Waronker (R.E.M., Beck), Forro in the Dark percussionist Mauro Refosco and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, began the set by playing his solo debut album The Eraser in its entirety.
The encore included Yorke, solo at a piano, playing "Open the Floodgates" and "Lotus Flower" before the singer invited his bandmates back on stage for songs described as "brand, brand, brand, brand new." The night wrapped with Yorke's new single, "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses."
The setlist, courtesy of the NME and At Ease:
Atoms For Peace
And It Rained All Night
Open The Floodgates (a song floating about in the Radiohead ethers for several years)
Skirting On The Surface (left over from In Rainbows' recording sessions)
Judge, Jury, Executioner (aka "Myxomatosis" From Hail to the Thief)