Certainly live it's something entirely different
“I’m going to do this song by the band that I’m in, Radiohead.”
Thom Yorke returns to the stage of Manchester’s Palace Theatre by rapturously-expressed popular demand. This is his second of two encores and the first point at which he’s nodded towards his day job. He plays ‘Spectre’, the Bond theme that he and his bandmates were asked to compose for the film of the same name a few years ago; it was inexplicably passed over in favour of that baffling Sam Smith track that didn’t appear to have anything to do with international espionage.
It sounds facetious, the way he talks about the group he fronts as if nobody knows who he is, but in fairness, nobody here has turned up expecting ‘Thom Yorke plays the hits of Radiohead’. They all know full well that there’s no such thing as ‘Radiohead play the hits of Radiohead’. They played in the city around this time last year, across town at Old Trafford cricket ground after the enforced closure of the arena, and most of the 2000-strong crowd tonight were doubtless there. This is a very different affair, though.