Ever since Radiohead announced that tickets to their spur-of-the-moment Haiti benefit concert would be auctioned off, I’ve been wondering how much people would be willing to pay for such a great cause, not to mention for the chance to see Radiohead in the relatively small Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater perform a possible preview of their next album. Well, the show is wrapping up as we speak/type/read and it looks like Thom Yorke and the boys have raised over half a million dollars for Oxfam’s Haiti relief efforts.
We’ll get to the set list in a moment, but first: Thom Yorke made an interesting statement during the show’s second encore, revealing not only that some attendees had bid as high as $2,000 for their seat at the one-off concert, but that the night’s total haul for charity totaled $572,754! Wow is right.
As for the setlist (the show isn’t over yet, btw), the band played a mixture of old and new tunes, including Kid A’s “The National Anthem,” “Morning Bell,” and “Everything In Its Right Place,” as well as OK Computer’s “Paranoid Android,” “Exit Music (For a Film),” and many more. The most notable song choice (so far) was their new jam “Lotus Flower,” which Thom Yorke also previewed at one of his solo “Eraser band” shows.
**Update: Here’s the full setlist.
We’ll point to some more in depth reviews in the morning, but, until then, how about a round of applause for Radiohead and all the fans that made this awesome charity event possible.