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Thom Yorke plays Radiohead and The Smile songs solo for the first time

Yorke performed stripped-back renditions of ‘Bodysnatchers’, ‘Exit Music (For A Film)’ and more

By Tom Skinner

Thom Yorke onstage at the 'Letters Live' event at London's Royal Albert Hall, October 30, 2021.
Studio output from The Smile is expected soon. (Photo: Letters Live/YouTube)

Thom Yorke performed Radiohead tracks for the first time solo during an acoustic set in Switzerland over the weekend – check out fan-shot footage below.

Yorke took to the stage at the Zeltbühne venue in Zermatt on Saturday night (April 9), marking his first solo show of the year.

During the 23-s0ng concert, the musician played Radiohead cuts ‘Bodysnatchers’, ‘Daydreaming’, ‘Decks Dark’ and ‘Exit Music (For A Film)’ on his own for the very first time. Elsewhere, he delivered the first solo airing of the band’s ‘These Are My Twisted Words’ since 2010 (via Setlist.FM).

Yorke also played ‘Pana-vision’ – the most recent offering from The Smile, his new band with Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet‘s Tom Skinner. Additionally, he dusted off his solo track ‘The Eraser’ for the first time in 12 years.

Other tracks to feature on the setlist included Radiohead’s ‘Everything In Its Right Place’, ‘Videotape’, ‘Idioteque’ and ‘House Of Cards’. You can watch a selection of videos from the concert below.

Last month saw Yorke release a new solo single, ‘5.17’, which was written for the sixth and final season of ‘Peaky Blinders’. Yorke and Greenwood both contributed original music to the Birmingham gangster series’ last outing.

The Smile, meanwhile, are set to embark on a UK and European headline tour next month. They played their first live shows back in January, hosting three London gigs across an evening and the following morning.

As well as ‘Pana-vision’, the trio have shared the singles ‘The Smoke’, ‘You Will Never Work In Television Again’ and ‘Skrting On The Surface’. The latter began life as a Radiohead song, but was never released by the group.

The Smile will play:

MAY 2022
16 – Zagreb, Hala
17 – Vienna, Gasometer
19 – Prague, Forum Karlin
20 – Berlin, Tempodrom
23 – Stockholm, Cirkus
24 – Oslo, Sentrum Scene
27 – Amsterdam, Paradiso
29 – London, Roundhouse
30 – London, Roundhouse

JUNE 2022
1 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
2 – Manchester, Albert Hall
4 – Lille, L’Aéronef
6 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
7 – Paris, Philarmonie de Paris
8 – Lyon, Les Nuits de Fourvière
10 – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
12 – Dijon, Festival VYV Les Solidarites
24 – Reims, La Magnifique Society
25 – Werchter, TW Classic Festival
27 – Luxembourg, The Neumünster Abbaye
29 – Gdynia, Open’er Festival

JULY 2022
5 – Barcelona, Poble Espanyol
6 – Madrid, Noches del Botánico
8 – Lisbon, Coliseum
11 – Nimes, Festival de Nimes
12 – Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival
14 – Milan, Fabrique Milano
15 – Ferrara, Piazza Trento Trieste
17 – Macerata MC – Arena Sferisterio
18 – Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica
20 – Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina