Radiohead at Arena, 3/15/2012

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Waiting for the gates to open.

Last week I made it public knowledge that I'm not a Radiohead fan. Call me crazy, but the songs of the critically adored, legendary art rockers just don't speak to me. The sounds are distant and obtuse, and what can I say? I like music with immediacy, music that connects without the effort it takes to sink into albums like Kid A or Amnesiac.

But I went into last night's show feeling -- bring on the Radiohead puns -- optimistic. People don't just like Radiohead, they love them, and the band's status as innovators has been trumpeted far and wide. I stated in my original piece that I was willing to give Radiohead a shot, that I was excited to see if the intimacy of a live show would connect for me the way so many of the band's records connect for its fans.

--Lenni Rosenblum

Read the full Radiohead review here. PHOTOS BY G. LUKE HOLWERDA.

Published on March 16, 2012

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