The groundbreaking PBS television series Austin City Limits (ACL), premieres its brand new season tonight, October 6th, with a rare, full-hour performance from iconic British band Radiohead. The episode marks Radiohead's long-awaited and unforgettable debut appearance, taking to the ACL stage for the first time. Viewers can tune-in to their local PBS station for the season premiere; check local listings for times.
“Hi, we're Radiohead, we're pleased to meet you,” says the band's Thom Yorke by way of a greeting in their ACL debut. Taped in Austin before a concert audience at ACL's new home, The Moody Theater, the premiere features an epic hour of music from one of the world's most acclaimed bands. Drawing largely from their last three albums, The King of Limbs, In Rainbows and Hail to the Thief, and also touching on classics from Kid A and OK Computer as well as the odd obscure B-side and rare and unreleased tracks, Radiohead blazes through some of their most daring material in a masterful eleven-song performance. As the single most celebrated and influential alternative rock act of the past two decades, Radiohead’s musical legacy is undisputed. The band’s ACL set is a prime example of how its progressive sound and experimental structures have come to define them as masters of innovation in modern rock music, and nowhere is this more evident than in their peerless live show.
“As if there was any doubt, this rare full-hour performance by one of the most adventurous bands in rock music was well worth the wait,” says Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits. “Thom Yorke and the boys are on top of their game, and their exuberance on stage really comes across. They continue to amaze, whether it’s with an old classic, a new twist or an obscure track all but forgotten.”
The new season is Season 38 for Austin City Limits, the longest-running music series in American television history, and marks ACL's second season in its new home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, in downtown Austin.
RADIOHEAD EPISODE SETLIST
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Season 38 Current Broadcast Schedule (seven additional episodes/artists to be announced)
October 6, 2012 | Radiohead
October 13, 2012 | Bon Iver
October 20, 2012 | Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples
October 27, 2012 | The Shins | Dr. Dog
November 3, 2012 | The Civil Wars | Punch Brothers
November 10, 2012 | ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 (Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring performances by Carolina Chocolate Drops, Richard Thompson, Alabama Shakes, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bonnie Raitt and more)
The complete line-up for the full 13-week season, including seven episodes to air beginning January 2012, will be announced at a later date. Check acltv.com for additional episode updates.