Exclaim reports that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recently went to Brooklyn to visit former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe’s new art exhibit “Infinity Mirror”. Stipe’s art show is inspired by his book Volume 1 — a photo collection detailing Stipe’s life and work all the way back to his early 20s.
According the Williamsburg Journal Gallery, the photos on display frame the 1970s as “a formative decade through its cultural impact on his coming of age, and subsequently, the manner in which its influence informed the creative work he went on to create, both privately and as a public figure.”
Stipe was pleased by Yorke’s visit, sharing a photo of the pair holding hands in front of the exhibit, and calling him “the greatest ever.”
Yorke is currently playing four shows with Radiohead at Madison Square Garden in New York, as the band are in the midst of their summer 2018 North American tour.
New York Daily News said about Radiohead’s first Madison Square Garden show:
But in 2018, with a despot in power and the credibility of modern institutions called into question, the doom and gloom of Radiohead — their bleak, Orwellian prophecies dwelling on authoritarian power and the slow decline of privacy— feels thoroughly cathartic.
The quintet began the evening with “Daydreaming,” the pensive, claustrophobic cut off their 2016 record “A Moon Shaped Pool.”
Measured and patient, the band was bathed in plain, white light before reaching the song’s climax (“We are just happy to serve”), at which point hundreds of separate spotlights refracted throughout the venue.
The spectacle prompted a few thousand of the evening’s attendees to quickly whip out their phones, ironically proving one of the central themes of Radiohead’s songwriting: how technologies meant to enable a collective experience ultimately end up being socially isolating.
“The truth will mess you up,” front man Thom Yorke sang in “Ful Stop,” as the angelic white of the opener gave way to pulsing blue.