Radiohead Toyota Center March 3, 2012
See more photos from Saturday night in our slideshow.
Radiohead just doesn't add up. The band has effectively turned its back on the music business, pioneering alternative methods of distribution of its music to fans (most of it online), short-circuiting the traditional promotional apparatus by releasing last year's The King of Limbs exactly a week after they announced its existence, and spending at least the previous decade exploring and refining their interests in electronic and avant-garde music.
Yet there they were Saturday, selling out the same arena where Nickelback and Coldplay - two bands who have followed a considerably more conservative model, both in business and songwriting - will play here in a few months. Either Radiohead knows something bands like that don't, or they are grifters who would make late Texas-born author Jim Thompson proud.