Radiohead NYE Concert


The brainchild of Al Gore, Current TV, will broadcast an exclusive commercial free, pre-recorded concert by Radiohead on January 1, 2008 at 12 am, Eastern Standard Time. The performance will be shown simultaneously on the global cable television network and their website This performance will also be webcast on

Radiohead will play the entirety of their new In Rainbows album, which was released this past October in a groundbreaking way on the Internet where fans could pay as much or as little as they wanted for the new release. Check out Kayceman's cogent examination of In Rainbows for more details. Lead singer-guitarist Thom Yorke also says the virtual concert will include "other bits," presumably selections from earlier albums but perhaps new material as well.

The physical world release of In Rainbows in traditional CD format just so happens to be January 1, 2008. What a coincidence!

[Published on: 12/26/07]

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Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 04:10PM
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Detroit Funk


jalew starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 06:56PM
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This is great for a lot of people hanging out at home or at friends houses. It's also a great opportunity for folks to learn about Current T.V.

For me, it's pretty much the only T.V. I watch at this point. All the content is created by viewers (even most of the commercials) and each story, or Pod, is around 5-6 minutes on average. All the Pods are a on a random rotation. The format is great.

Current T.V.'s content covers many facets of life....worldwide. From young, hip Pods on music and style to their extremely detailed coverage of the war and it's effects on ALL sides involved.

I would like to think Current is the future of television. I hope this Radiohead special turns a lot of people on to Current!

Happy New Year.

Whiggy starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 07:56PM
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This would be awesome except that it's NYE.

I had read awhile back that Thom had said that Radiohead's Bonnaroo performance was one of his favorite shows they've played. He said it would probably be released once the new album was out due to all the new songs they played. That's what I'm waiting for.

Also, just got my In Rainbows "Discbox" the other day. The packaging, the bonus disc, and the vinyl are just awesome. $90 well spent.

CSchneids929 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 10:09PM
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yeah whats the deal with the radiohead roo dvd? i thought that was supposed to be out by now as well. Someone's gotta know the word?

jbleiche Thu 12/27/2007 12:46AM
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Don't even get me started about the radiohead bonnaroo dvd. I have been thinking non-stop about that since the show...i was second row and it was amazing

Robusto Thu 12/27/2007 06:32AM
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I read from Thom that the DVD will not be released for some time. The band is delaying because many of the songs played at Roo are from In Rainbows, which makes sense, you can't have a public release of material that's not even on an album yet. I'd be patient. I wouldn't be surprised if it comes out just in time for Christmas '08.

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 07:22AM
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Like many, I'll be out whooping it up on NYE (CORNMEAL!), so I just hope they rebroadcast this thing on Current at some point!!

henahan Thu 12/27/2007 08:06AM
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I like the idea of this experiment. Sounds like a pretty cool channel. Is it on satellite or something cuz we certainly don't have it around here. As far as Radiohead, I guess I just don't get it. I find it laughable that they are thrown up there in the same breath as the Stones, Beatles, Floyd, etc. A good band? Sure maybe. A great band for its day? Maybe to some. But, I highly doubt that most of you that proclaim them as the most influential band ever will still find many buying their albums in twenty years. Having an interesting business plan doesn't make you timeless. I know alot of people who are certainly musically savvy and none of them are still listening to this band regularly. Many of the arguments thrown around for them can be said of many bands over the last decade. I know alot of people who think Tupac is bigger than Elvis. That doesn't make him a legend to the masses. That doesn't mean he'll get more play in twenty years than the true legends. I guess I just find it a little laughable.....just like the Tupac reference. To those who think they are the best band ever and that they invented the wheel...ENJOY....and I'll check with you in about twenty.

nfenne starstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 08:14AM
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I'm not saying Radiohead is the best band ever, but can you think of any other current bands that not only consitantly made good music but also progressed stylistically? To me they really stand out amongst other popular bands these days.

peaton Thu 12/27/2007 09:23AM
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cogent kayceman, cogent

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 09:34AM
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Um, to answer your question from above nfenne ... ^^^ Um, ... U2, MOE, Keller Williams, String Cheese, Ryan Adams, Drive By Truckers, Widespread Panic, Gov Mule, Black Crowes, Ani DiFranco, Pearl Jam, and yea, Radiohead too,,, And that's just a few names rattled off from my collection. Lots of bands make great music (subjective) and progress "stylistically."

Elemley Thu 12/27/2007 09:43AM
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keller, ha. I think people will definitely be listening to radiohead in 20 years. IMO they arent quite in the same breath as the stones and beatles but they're very close. I think i'll be at a show on NYE; i hope they keep it up on their site for a while.

gmoo Thu 12/27/2007 12:33PM
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What are you defining as stylistic progression? I would like to argue that Radiohead's music has been a stylistic regression. Not comparing their music in any way, but I'm sure there are a lot of people who have enjoyed the stylistic changes of lots of bands, lets say Metallica, where I on the other hand have not. I think they have been going backwards since OK Computer. They did a good job marketing this new album though.

JRyan starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/27/2007 01:40PM
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Henahen -

Why does it matter what we will think of them in 20 years? Is that how you categorize bands - shelf life? Keep in mind that while The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Elvis have been important contributors to rock music, three of these groups are extinct and the Stones are a dusty parody of what they once were. Radiohead are an amazingly creative and progressive band that is making music in the here and the now; it is your choice to support them or not. B

By the way, in some communities, Tupac has been more influential than Elvis; remember, music is a time-sensitive cultural artifact. Elvis did not precede artists like Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Chuck Berry, but the color of his skin (in addition to unquestionable talent) and his appeal to white teens opened the door for them.

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in rainbows is boring. all the tunes except for one, is floaty vocals with no real substance or direction. it put me to sleep. However, I know LOTS of ppl LOVE them, and thats great!!! Finding anything that moves our soul is always a real treat in life!! :)

I still have to listen to OK computer so I can try to understand where this hidden magic of radiohead lies. I am not hearing it just yet, but I will continue to try. peace out ya'll

henahan Fri 12/28/2007 07:14AM
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My comments are in reference to Kayceman's "cogent" analysis of Radiohead's In Rainbows found in the header above. Not to put words into his mouth, but he certainly feels that Radiohead is the epitomy of stylistic progression in today's music scene. I disagree to a certain extent with him. I like their progressive business model but in reality there has been a slow push toward this for many years. I'm no industry exec, but I have a feeling they will do just fine initially selling their music directly to the masses. They will inevitably save a large percentage of overhead costs by this direct sales marketing plan. It's a win-win for most involved. Let's not forget, alot of these people who are downloading it off the computer are the same ones who would have just burned it for free illegally. Radiohead is smart to try and take some of this back. From a musical standpoint, their are alot of mixed feelings about where this band is headed. But, there will always be people who want bands to remain the same. I could care less personally with this particular ensemble. And, although many people who will take the time to read this thread oviously would disagree, I don't feel they are as big a story anymore. It happens to lots of fact everybody comes and goes. I just do not believe that when we look back that "most" people would put these guys up there with some of the aformentioned bands/artists. I would argue that a band as simple as the Red Hot Chili Peppers will have a greater impact over the course of their careers. And, that's not to say that I am some big Peppers fan-boy. But, I think if you ask someone outside of the 21 to 29 age range, very few are (still) listening to Radiohead. And, certainly far fewer would say they represent the greatest of our generation (again reference Kayceman's argument). Again, just my .02. And NO, I do not listen to music to analyze its historical value. Personally, I think Panic is where it's at, but even I know their days are numbered and I certainly wouldn't have the audacity to say they are ever going to have the relevance of the legends. But, I still love them just as you love Radiohead. Let's just not get carried away with all the greatest three album run of alltime nonsense!(Kayceman) Now, maybe the bigger story is that if "the masses" feel that they are the best we have had for the last 10-15 years - what does that say about the music scene in general? I'll say it again, I don't know anybody peronally who regularly listens to these guys anymore that aren't of a general college age, but I know lots of people who still listen to the Beatles, the Dead, Hendrix, Zeppelin, Miles, Marley, etc (both young and old). Are you all really making an argument that this band should be thrown in with these legends!?! Wow, that is a sad statement of our generation's musical spectrum. Go ahead and throw in some negative feedback, but while you are at it, provide a reason that will sway me.

CeilingFan247 Fri 12/28/2007 09:34AM
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Sweet... I can't wait to NOT go for New Years Eve, just to sit in at my house, on my computer waiting for a freaking PRE-RECORDED concert to come on line of a band that thinks they are too good to tour America this year.

YES! And I didn't have plans yet. I'm glad thats out of the way.

JRyan starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 10:22AM
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Henahen -

I'm definitely not trying to sway you one way or the other and I apologize if my post came off as combative; I understand your original point more clearly now. Personally, I feel that Radiohead is (so far) the greatest band of my generation and O.K. Computer, the greatest album - I was born in 1981. Whether or not they'll be lumped in with Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Marley etc., who knows. Who cares? Who makes these lists anyway? And for the record, I have a master's degree in jazz piano performance, so you can see that rock isn't even my favorite genre. Anyway, I appreciate your insight and encourage you to revisit them from time to time - if anything, for the sake of a spirited JamBase debate ;-)

JRyan Fri 12/28/2007 10:49AM
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By the way, I would agree that The Bends>O.K. Computer>Kid A is ONE of the greatest three album runs of all time, but to extend his Beatles reference, they released Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, and Let It Be all in a row over the course of five years. My God! Will that run ever be matched? The answer: no. I'm going to go as far to say that this is no longer "opinion" and has moved into "fact" territory.

henahan Fri 12/28/2007 12:13PM
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No offense taken at all. I guess I just don't understand the hype, but I am going to go out and probably get another Radiohead cd to see. Where there's smoke, there usually fire - just how big remains to be seen. Love it that you're a jazz piano man though. I personally like Prof. Longhair and of course a little Monk throw in. Peace.

thelostsailor Fri 12/28/2007 01:01PM
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It's hilarious how many people have the need to let you know they don't like Radiohead- here on an announcement of a NYE show- not any article praising the band as the best. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. But I bet if you have to let everyone know that you, personally, don't like Radiohead, there probably isn't much that you do like.

Don't hate. Your anger only condemns you to the Dark Side.

henahan Sat 12/29/2007 06:52AM
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see the article by kayceman linked above and the following discussion both on that page and this one. then i think it might make a little more sense to you. read a little closer, i never said i didn't like them or said they suck, just making the point that it's a little early to be calling them "the greatest". this is called "having a discussion", no arguing about who is better than who really. As I said before, enjoy your holiday radiohead.

CeilingFan247 Sat 12/29/2007 08:40PM
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I like Radiohead. They should tour here more often. I would love to see them live again.

jalew Sun 12/30/2007 09:52AM
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"I like the idea of this experiment. Sounds like a pretty cool channel. Is it on satellite or something"

us channels:

directv 366

dish network 196

comcast 107

at&t u-verse 189

time warner (check listings)