Travel Back in Time with Radiohead and Watch a 1994 Gig from the London Astoria on YouTube 5/28

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There was a time, before Radiohead embraced its experimental leanings head-on, when Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and their band mates were a fledgling English rock band.

On Thursday, May 28, the band will continue its recent series of archival uploads with a trip back through time 26 years. In May 1994, Radiohead played a concert at the Astoria in London. At that point, the band only had released one full-length record — its debut, Pablo Honey, which featured the breakout single, “Creep,” so this is truly a trip back through the archives.

An additional wrinkle that makes this performance, which was released on DVD in 2005, truly special: The Astoria closed its doors in 2009 and was later demolished.

The set list from this early gig at the Astoria featured a wealth of material from those early days of the band, so don’t miss the stream (or replay) if that’s your preferred version of Radiohead:

Black Star
The Bends
My Iron Lung
Prove Yourself
Fake Plastic Trees
Stop Whispering
Anyone Can Play Guitar

Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Pop Is Dead
Blow Out

The stream will go up on the Radiohead YouTube page on Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET/10 p.m. BST, when it will be available below:

Recent weeks have seen several trips to the archives from Radiohead, the most recent being a 2001 Live from the Basement performance, circa The King of Limbs:

Other archival uploads included the 2016 Summer Sonic Festival:

Live at Bonnaroo 2006:

And the band’s headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2012:

This is all an ongoing project from Radiohead announced in early April as a means of unearthing especially key live performances from the band’s history as a means of keeping fans entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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