THE ORPHEUM, Los Angeles - Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke kicked off the first of two-sold concerts at The Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday night as part of the Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes tour. The two hour concert featured 19 songs including a surprise Atoms For Peace reunion featuring Flea on bass and Joey Waronker on percussion to join Yorke and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. They performed the song “Atoms For Peace.”
Yorke walked on stage with arms wide open, embracing the two thousand in attendance with sincerity and thanks as they gave him a loud warm welcome. With his hands together, Yorke thanked the crowd with a big smile. It would become the theme of the evening. Playful, loose, and free. As the 5 giant LED screens played colorful abstract video art behind the band, Yorke moved across the stage like a jittering robot attempting to salsa. He becomes the music. He becomes the machines that are disrupting the human race’s ability to feel. It’s the perfect juxtaposition.
With every song, Yorke casts a spell on the audience, one that invites them to let go, be free and be in the moment. With each passing incantation the crowd become music as they dance. A particularly humorous moment is when the crowd started clapping in unison and slowly dissolved in a sea of uncommon drum rhythms.
Yorke closed the set with a solo performance on piano. He played the song “Unmade” from the soundtrack of the film Suspiria released earlier this year. Yorke joked that it was his first only film score of his career and if anyone in the audience is a voting member of the Academy Awards to please vote for it.
Thom Yorke comes back to The Orpheum tonight and concludes the tour in Las Vegas on Dec. 22nd. Last night’s setlist is listed below. All photos and words by Mathew Tucciarone. Follow him on Instagram: @mathewtucciarone.