Video Vault: Radiohead brings The Bends to Chicago with legendary 1996 performance

Watch pro-shot footage of the band's entire show at the Metro

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Video Vault, a new series in which Consequence of Sound and Chicago’s iconic JBTV offer you classic concert footage from over 30 years of tape preserved in the studio’s extensive collection. Many of these have never before been seen by the general public.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s classic album The Bends, we’ve unearthed footage of the band’s stellar April 4th, 1996 show at Chicago’s Metro. Over the course of 90 minutes, they rattled off 17 tracks, including “My Iron Lung”, “Bones”, “Lucky”, and “High and Dry”. As masterful as ever, Thom Yorke commanded the stage like a god, while the crowd cheered on in faithful worship.

Though the band was initially reluctant to play “Creep”, JBTV figurehead and founder Jerry Bryant — who was on-site to capture the whole show with nine cameras — convinced them otherwise, resulting in an encore that can only be described as truly chilling.

Watch the band’s performances of “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” and “Creep” below and head to JBTV’s website to experience the entire concert.

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