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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 April 2008, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
Radiohead play two shows in a day
By Julian Marshall
Newsbeat online editor

Thom Yorke
Radiohead start a world tour in May before arriving in the UK in June
Radiohead have started their world tour by playing two shows in the same day for the BBC.

The Oxford group performed matinee and evening shows at the BBC Radio Theatre in central London on 1 April.

Tickets were given away free on BBC radio networks, while other fans got in by applying for the event over the phone.

Apart from an impromptu one-off show at 93 Feet East in London in January, the Radiohead shows were the band's first since the release of their seventh album In Rainbows.

As a result, the performances were heavy on tracks from the record, including recent single Nude, Videotape, Bodysnatchers, 15 Step and All I Need.

However, Radiohead also found time to play a selection of tracks from their back catalogue, including Myxomatosis from sixth album Hail to the Thief and Morning Bell and Optimistic from Kid A.

At the evening event, broadcast live on Radio 2, the band played a longer set than in the afternoon. Shying away from their more electronic sound, In Rainbows tracks were peppered with classics from their third album OK Computer.

The set list for the evening show ran: Bodysnatchers, All I Need, Nude, Airbag, Reckoner, The Tourist, House of Cards, Arpeggi/Weird Fishes, Lucky, Everything In Its Right Place.

At the end of the set the band were given a standing ovation by the 300 capacity crowd, and returned for a one song encore, In Rainbows album track Faust Arp.

Radiohead's vital statistics
The band come from Oxfordshire
First single, the Drill EP, was released in 1992
Debut album, Pablo Honey, came out a year later
Radiohead have released seven albums
The band have sold more than 23 million records
Their seventh album, In Rainbows, was released online and customers could choose what they paid

In Rainbows reached number one in the UK Top 40 when it was officially released in January.

However, it made headlines in the autumn of 2007 when the band released the album on the internet and told fans they could pay whatever they liked for the download.

The band begin a full world tour in May.

The dates start in North America, before visiting Europe.

UK dates are scheduled for late June, and Radiohead are then planning a second tour of America in the autumn.



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