Foo Fighters will return to Austin this Friday to tape an episode of Austin City Limits to promote their latest album Sonic Highways. In addition to the taping there will be a special screening of the Austin episode of Dave Grohl's documentary series of the same name. The band wanted to do something different for their latest release so they set out to record and document the history behind several cities known for their rich musical history. In addition to Austin the band visited Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Seattle. The Austin episode premieres on Friday on HBO. You can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the taping by following the link below.
First let me preface by saying I've seen Portugal. The Man on more than a handful of occasions since 2006. I believe they're such an underrated band that really does deserve a much larger fan base. I was extremely excited the amazing ACLTV people thought so too!
After catching their set at this year's Austin City Limits Festival, I came away more impressed than ever. I would even venture to say that their set was near the top of my favorites from the second weekend. So when I heard they'd be taping a show for the 39th season of Austin City Limits, it couldn't have been more perfect timing. Portugal. The Man twice in one month, yes please!
Taking my girlfriend Kali along for the show, we arrived at the Moody Theater a few minutes after 7. Having never heard them before this year's ACL, she thought their set was really entertaining at the festival and was looking forward to the show as well. The crowd definitely took their sweet time arriving to the venue, but once Portugal. The Man took the stage there wasn't a empty seat to be found. The band without even so much as a hello started off the night with "All Your Light" and I knew this was going to be a great show. I'm also pretty sure I've never seen such a long intro from any band playing on the famed ACL stage. It definitely got the crowd smiling and had them clapping enthusiastically along to the music. A few words were spoken here and there, but mostly it was all about the music for the band.
In a span of an hour and half, Portugal ran through new jams "Evil Friends" and "Modern Jesus", and even paid homage to Pink Floyd by including a verse and the chorus from "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" in their own hit, "Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue". The crowd was loving it!
The entire set focused on three of the band's albums: The Satanic Satanist, In The Mountain in the Cloud, and this year's Danger Mouse produced Evil Friends. PTM's most recent album was featured prominent in the performance, with definitely no complaints from yours truly. It's a really good album.
The band closed with the epic "Sleep Forever" and it couldn't have ended better. We had such a fun night! A great show by a solid band.
Special thanks as always to our gracious hosts at the ACL studios! Thank you, thank you, thank you for always being so awesome! You can also read their review of the taping and see more of Scott Newton's gorgeous photos here.
The amazing people at Austin City Limits have announced some new tapings for next month. First up on Thursday, October 3rd, the always great Queens Of The Stone Age will be making their debut on the famed stage. Then on Tuesday, October 8th, Neko Case will be hitting the stage for her second go-around. Lastly and a few days later on Thursday, October 10th, Local Natives will be performing at the incredible Moody Theater. [via ACLTV]
As always, tickets are not for sale for these performances. However, there's a few ways to attend these tapings. Sign up to ACLTV's newsletter, become their Facebook friend , be one of their Twitter followers, and also keep up with their official website to enter to win tickets. Good luck!
We're ecstatic and hopefully you will be too! Both are incredible performers. Grizzly Bear will be making their ACL television debut, while for My Morning Jacket's Jim James it'll be his sixth appearance (record?) on the famed ACL stage.
Grizzly Bear's performance is set for Wednesday, April 10th and Jim James will be playing on Sunday, May 5th. For more information on how to win tickets, follow the incredibly cool and always nice ACL people on their Facebook page, Twitter (@acltv), on their official website, or by signing up for their newsletter. (via ACLtv)
If you missed our review of this once-in-a-lifetime show, check it out here.
I have spent the last 10 years of my life dedicated to my love of music and in that time I have seen some amazing shows. Thousands of them. But nothing will ever compare to last nights Radiohead performance at Austin City Limits. You could feel the energy going into the building and it was like no other taping I have experienced before. I can honestly say that the venue was filled with die hard fans comparing stories about how many times they had seen them before and how amazing it was to be there. It's also pretty intense when Robert Plant is in attendance.
When ACL producer Terry Lickona made it to the stage he mentioned how historic the taping was and how they had tried for years to book the band which was impressive given that he has been with the show since it's inception and they have hosted countless music legends over 38 seasons on the air. Needless to say when the band took the stage there were several tears in the crowd.
Of course this is Radiohead and just when you thing think you have them pegged they surprise you with something unexpected. After moving through tracks like Myxomatosis and The Gloaming they started off with "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy", a B-Side off the Pyramid Song UK 12" and Japanese versions of the release which Yorke commented was written when he "was obsessed with the banking system". He went on to mention that it disappeared "like a wet fart in the wind" but was now back. Pretty fitting.
From there they went on to perform a new B Side "Staircase" before moving on to material off In Rainbows with back to back performances of Reckoner and Arpeggi and then jumping back to a new song "Identikit". After that came "Lotus Flower" and I am sure everyone that has seen the video for the track was curious to see if he would dance and was pleasantly surprised when he did. After that came an unexpected surprise with "There, There" which I think was the highlight of an otherwise dreary album (Hail to the Thief) and the band closing off with the only track of the night off Kid A, "Idoiteque" which has grown even more impressive over time paired with the bands growth and direction.
The band received a very well deserved standing ovation and returned to the stage to thunderous applause. The crowd was in an obvious frenzy and Yorke said he would calm them down with the next track because it was a mellow one and went into a new track "Skirting on the Surface" which even though an unfamiliar track to the crowd, could not have come at a more fitting time. As the band finished up someone yelled out CREEP! which got a laugh from both the crowd and the band who said that "wouldn't be happening" and that it was written a long time ago "when they were young and stupid" before breaking into the highlight of the night, "Paranoid Android", which is the best track off what is arguably one of the best albums of all time Ok Computer. The performance of that song won't make it on the show but it's something I won't soon forget.Radiohead Setlist - Austin City Limits | March 6th, 2012
Bloom (King of Limbs)
Little By Little (King of Limbs)
Daily Mail (New)
Myxomatosis (Hail To The Thief)
Magpie (King Of Limbs)
The Gloaming (Hail To The Thief)
The Amazing Sound of Orgy (B-Side - Pyramid Song)
Reckoner (In Rainbows)
Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
Lotus Flower (King of Limbs)
There, There (Hail to the Thief)
Feral (King Of Limbs)
Idioteque (Kid A)
Skirting on the Surface (New)
Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
Round 2 Tonight.....