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Flashback: Thom Yorke Unplugs at 2002 Bridge School Benefit

Watch the Radiohead frontman play a nine-song acoustic set

Thom Yorke has played very few solo gigs, making his 2002 appearance at the Bridge School Benefit all the more special. Radiohead were working on Hail to the Thief at the time, but Yorke is a huge Neil Young fan, and he couldn’t turn down the invitation to play Young’s annual charity gig. Yorke played both nights of the show, repeating only a handful of songs. The first night ended with a stunning rendition of Young’s “After the Goldrush,” on the very same piano Neil used on the original recording.

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Unique sets like this are often lost to history, but Radiohead fans are incredibly industrious, and this YouTube video uses a remarkably clean audio source and multiple cameras to create an extremely watchable 36-minute video. Such a feat was impossible just a couple of years ago, but after YouTube did away with the 10-minute time restriction, the site became flooded with amazing full concerts. Check out Radiohead live at Bonnaroo in 2006 and New York’s Roseland Ballroom in 2011

Here’s is the set list for this video of Thom Yorke’s Bridge School Benefit appearance:

“Everything In Its Right Place
“I Might Be Wrong” 
“There There”
“After the Gold Rush”
“Morning Bell”
“Nice Dream”
“True Love Waits”
“Paranoid Android”


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