Radiohead take aim at 'strong and stable' May at Glastonbury
... 20 years after a legendary performance at the festival, with
a set that mocked Prime Minister Theresa May's election campaign
and pulled songs from nearly all of their albums. The band from
Oxfordshire, England, first headlined in 1997...
By Paul Sandle; Editing by Bill Rigby / Reuters / IDEAL /
England, June 23 (Reuters) - Britain's Radiohead returned to
Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage on Friday, 20 years after a
legendary performance at the festival, with a set that
mocked Prime Minister Theresa May's election campaign and
pulled songs from nearly all of their albums.
The band from Oxfordshire, England, first headlined in 1997,
one of the wettest years in the festival's history, when
they lifted a sodden crowd with music from their album "OK
Featuring songs about alienation, capitalism and modern
technology, the band's third album sounds oddly prescient in
a politically divided and anxious Britain in 2017.
Fans expected "OK Computer" to feature heavily in the set on
Friday, the same day a version of the album was re-released,
including tracks that did not make the cut 20 years ago,
called "OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017".
The band opened with "Daydreaming" from last year's "A Moon
Shaped Pool", followed by "Lucky", the first of a host of
"OK Computer" tracks that included "Exit Music (For a
Film)", "Let Down", "Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police".
Singer Thom Yorke changed the lyric at the end of the song
"Myxomatosis" to "strong and stable", apparently mocking a
slogan that May repeated many times in her campaign.
"See you later Theresa; Shut the door on the way out," Yorke
said, in one of his few addresses to the crowd.
May has yet to form a stable government in Britain, more
than two weeks after an inconclusive national election.
Radiohead's two-hour show went down well with fans, but left
some newcomers underwhelmed, evidenced by a steady stream of
people heading off to other stages.
Tom Martin, a 30-year old from Cork, Ireland, was not
disappointed by a band he had long followed. "It was the best
gig I've ever seen," he said.
Earlier in the day, English duo Royal Blood drew a huge Pyramid
Stage crowd for a masterclass in straight, hard rock as their
second album "How Did We Get So Dark?" went straight to the top
of the charts.
Lead singer and guitarist Mike Kerr, who formed the band with
drummer Ben Thatcher in 2013, said playing the main stage at the
world's biggest greenfield festival was "life-changing,
terrifying and ridiculous".
The festival started with a minute of silence on Friday morning
in memory of recent terror attacks and the devastating Grenfell
Tower fire before Hacienda Classical eased revellers into the
first day of music.
Peter Hook, the bass player from Manchester bands Joy Division
and New Order, led the crowd in reflecting on "our hopes and our
prayers for life, love and freedom, the things we are here to
Other performers on the main stage at Worthy Farm in south-west
England, included 81-year-old Kris Kristofferson and English
indie band the xx.
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