August 1, 2008 – As Thom Yorke and band take the stage, a palpable roar erupts from the crowd at the start of what would be a performance that would leave an indelible mark on much of the audience. Headlining Lollapalooza, Radiohead delivered the highlight of the the three-day festival with an electric, crowd-pleasing performance that drew heavily from the band's 2007 release, In Rainbows, while still digging deep into the band's back catolog, highlighting obscure tracks and acclaimed arrangements alike.
01. 15 Step
03. There There
04. All I Need
07. The Gloaming
08. The National Anthem
09. Faust Arp
10. No Surprises
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
14. The Bends
15. Everything In Its Right Place
16. Fake Plastic Trees
19. Paranoid Android
20. Dollar and Cents
21. House of Cards
Due to the very high stage of the main stage at Lollapalooza, this shoot was an interesting contrast to the individual date at which I'd photographed Radiohead in May on the first leg of their North American tour.
As such, the angles were a new element to the shoot and introduced various compositional factors to the performance.
On a positive note, Radiohead's set had much more of the waning daylight in the lighting mix, an element that helped cut the monochromatic treatment of the band's current tour lighting. This was particularly true for their first song, “15 Step,” which caught a nice amount of the dusk lighting.
Due to the height of the stage, subjects were primarily constrained to the three performers at the front of the stage: Ed O'Brien, Johnny Greenwood, and Thom Yorke.
For this set, I relied almost exclusively on the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8.