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Well, it’s Radiohead.

I’d seen them at Brixton on the OK Computer tour in 1997 and couldn’t believe what was happening to me when I started sobbing on the first “For a minute there, I lost myself…” on Karma Police.

And I’d seen them earlier in the year in Athens.

I though they were the best live band on the planet.

Even more so when Thom would strap on a third electric guitar for My Iron Lung.

This was tour when they decided to be free of corporate sponsorship and venues, so they set up a big tent in Hackney.

I went with my oldest friend.

We’d just stopped being flatmates after a year, which hadn’t really worked out, and I was living in colleague’s spare room in Clerkenwell round the corner from the office.

It was an odd time, and it was an odd show. It was kind of flat for me.

The tent wasn’t that good for sound, the ground outside was damp and they were really going for the new Kid A songs.

Now I think of those songs as classic period, but then they really did seem a little out there and (call me shallow) I missed the heavy guitars.

Don’t get me wrong. It was an amazing show.

It just wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be.

My strongest memory is of reconnecting with my friend, outside the actual tent letting the music come to us.

Then rushing back for Paranoid Android.

High: My Iron Lung, into Karma Police and No Surprises.

Drinking: conversational pints outside the tent.

Thinking: no tent next time, please.

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