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Thom Yorke debuts new material at sideproject gigs

Thom Yorke debuts new material at sideproject gigs

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke debuted a brand new song as his sideproject band Atoms For Peace kicked off their first proper tour with two shows at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (April 5) and last night.

Yorke has recruited Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea for the band, alongside producer Nigel Godrich (on keyboards and guitar), Joey Waronker (on drums) and percussionist Mauro Refosco.

The band performed Yorke's 2006 solo album 'The Eraser' in full at the Tuesday show, as well as Radiohead songs 'Everything In Its Right Place' and 'Paperbag Writer'.

Yorke also played a brief solo set featuring the live debut of a ballad with the working title 'A Walk Down The Staircase'. Performing the song with just a guitar, Yorke explained that it was still a work in progress and joked that he didn't even know all of the lyrics for it.

REM's Michael Stipe, David Byrne, Antony Hegarty and Nick Valensi of The Strokes all watched the show.

Speaking to NME.COM after the show, bassist Flea said he was not as happy as the crowd were.

"I made so many mistakes tonight," he said. "It'll be better tomorrow night. It was the same when we played those shows in LA [in October 2009]. The first show was full of mistakes but it got better for the second and third. It’s OK though because Thom is such a natural musician. Everything he does sounds beautiful."

The band's show last night (April 6) in New York show was delayed by half-an-hour due to several buildings near the venue being evacuated because of nearby exploding manholes, reports fan site Ateaseweb.com.

Atoms For Peace played (Tuesday April 5):

'The Eraser'
'Analyze'
'The Clock'
'Black Swan'
'Skip Divided'
'Atoms For Peace'
'And It Rained All Night'
'Harrowdown Hill’
'A Walk Down The Staircase'
'The Daily Mail'
'Everything In Its Right Place'
'Judge, Jury And Executioner'
'The Hollow Earth'
'Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses'

Atoms For Peace played (Wednesday April 6):

'The Eraser'
'Analyze'
'The Clock'
'Black Swan'
'Skip Divided'
'Atoms For Peace'
'And It Rained All Night'
'Harrowdown Hill’
'A Walk Down The Staircase'
'The Daily Mail'
'All For The Best'
'Fog'
'Everything In Its Right Place'
'Judge, Jury And Executioner'
'The Hollow Earth'
'Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses'

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