Radiohead kicked off their highly anticipated 2017 tour on March 30th in Miami, Florida, but the second leg of the trek featured a visit to Atlanta, Georgia and Philips Arena on April 1st. The venue was sold out, and the energy level was incredibly high from all those who made the trip to downtown Atlanta to see what turned out to be a magnificent show and experience.
This was my first experience seeing and photographing Radiohead, even though I have several friends who are big fans and many of them were in attendance for this show. As a result, I wanted to lose myself in shooting the show to try and soak up all the emotions that were running through the venue.
Thom Yorke, naturally, commanded the most attention from the center point of the stage. Working under a different lighting scheme for each of the first three songs myself and the other photographers were allowed to cover, Yorke put on a dynamic display as a front man. It wasn't flashy or in your face, but it definitely connected. His performance was something you couldn't take your eyes off of at any point.
I rather enjoyed how things went from dark to light to multicolored to even heavy blue tones. The visual variety meshed well with the early songs Yorke and the rest of Radiohead showcased during the performance.
To be honest, I did not expect to get to cover this tour so I am more than grateful that I got the opportunity to do so. It really was a special experience to finally get to see Radiohead on stage and connect with an audience the way they did during this show.
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