A brilliant soundboard recording of Radiohead’s unforgettable 2006 headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival has been made available for free download. A performance that's called among Radiohead's very best, their headlining set at Bonnaroo '06 included everything from fan-favorite jams “Paranoid Android”, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)”) and "Myxomatosis," to rarities like “Kid A” and “Dollars and Cents” and early renditions songs that would be released over a year later on In Rainbows.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke had the following to say about the now-legendary show:
“We did this festival called Bonnaroo. We did 2,5 hours. And there’s 80,0000 people, admittedly they’ve been smoking the sticky green all day, probably wouldn’t go anywhere anyway. It was just amazing. We played loads of new stuff. We did whole sections of quiet piano songs and it sounds like the most grotesque self-indulgent nonsense but it probably is my favourite gig for years and years and years. It was a really mellow evening. Actually it’s all being filmed, but we’re sitting on it because there’s loads of new stuff on it. Because we’re mean like that. It will come out eventually.”
Paul Phipps handled the live mix, and explained the process on RadioheadBonnaroo.com:
It’s hard to believe this was over 5 years ago, but a friend of mine was running sound that night. He snagged the 2-track master from the board and handed the raw WAV over to me. I felt like I scored the mix of a lifetime. I’ve spent twenty years behind mixing consoles and mastering is one of my fortes, so I couldn’t wait to pull the best out of this one.
After two months of wrangling, I finally came up with a mix that I loved. Everything is crystal clear. I have heard every “official” Radiohead live release and none of them sound this clear. After 5 years of keeping this to myself, I had a talk with my friend — and he gave me to the OK to go ahead and release this to the public on the 5th anniversary of this awesome show. Of course, they could tell me to take it down any moment, so I would download the files below as soon as possible.
Radiohead 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival Tracklist:
2 + 2 = 5
Exit Music (for a Film)
Dollars and Cents
The National Anthem
Climbing Up the Walls
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
How to Disappear Completely
You and Whose Army?
Like Spinning Plates
Fake Plastic Trees
House of Cards
Everything in Its Right Place