Radiohead Plays Longest Show In 11 Years In Israel

Radiohead Plays Longest Show In 11 Years In Israel

"Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government."

"Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government."

Text: Christina Cacouris

Defying critics and cultural boycotters, Radiohead played their longest show since 2006 yesterday in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, with frontman Thom Yorke briefly stating to the sold-out crowd: "A lot was said about this, but in the end we played some music," later adding: "We came all the way here, we're gonna play our fingers off."

The group played 27 songs with two encores (including fan-favorites "Pyramid Song," "Karma Police," and perhaps their best-known ballad, "Creep") to a grateful audience of almost 50,000.

The show was the final in Radiohead's tour to support 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool. With tensions high amidst the Israel/Palestine debate, many artists have chosen to forego playing in Israel, wanting to avoid political implications.

In response to detractors, Yorke released a statement before the show, reported by the BBC: "Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government. Music, art, and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression."

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