Radiohead Visits D.C., Mother Nature Disapproves
You can't even call it a coincidence anymore. It's a fact -- the weather gods of the D.C. area react in strong and violent ways when Radiohead comes to town. No meteorological training is necessary to predict massive storms when the band visits.
By all accounts (including J. Freedom's in tomorrow's paper), last night's show at Nissan Pavilion was fantastic. But for some ticket holders, those accounts are all they have to go by: Rain, flooding, traffic, filled parking lots and the general hell that is getting to and from Nissan Pavilion caused plenty of people to miss the show.
And they totally played "Fake Plastic Trees," too. Sorry.
At least this show actually happened. A pair of August 2001 shows at Bull Run Park in Centreville, Va., were canceled due to flooding. The band got its set in at the 1998 Tibetan Freedom Concert, but that concert will be remembered for a concertgoer getting struck by lightning.
In fact, the only time in the last decade an area Radiohead show went out without a hitch was in 2003 on the "Hail to the Thief" tour when the band attempted to appease the gods by bringing Stephen Malkmus along as opening act/peace offering.
Do you have a horror story about last night? Shoot an e-mail to style (at) washpost dot com with "Radiohead" in the subject line and speak of your ordeal. Include your name and telephone number and you just might see your name in tomorrow's newspaper. And not in the local crime section, for once! And if you actually saw the show, feel free to share your stories here in the comments section.
By David Malitz |
May 12, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
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