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Radiohead Hit the Lights on Night One of Lollapalooza

August 2, 2008 12:40 AM ET

The first day of Lollapalooza 2008 went out in bright, epic style as Radiohead brought their full slate of visual tricks as well as a healthy collection of songs from throughout their career. The set relied heavily on material from In Rainbows, which sounded heavier and punchier in a live setting (especially "All I Need"). "The National Anthem" was full of menace, while "Fake Plastic Trees" balanced quiet moments with heavy angst. It was all matched up with the incredible light show, which was augmented by an unrelated fireworks display in the distance that kicked in at the end of "The Bends." By the time the last of the noise of "Idioteque" faded out and the stunning light went dark, Radiohead had cemented themselves as the kings of Lollapalooza — just one more thing they do better than anybody.

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