The Last Real Rock Band

Last night I had the pleasure of heading out to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater for Radiohead's show.  I've seen them a few times before in a variety of settings, but last night proved something to me.  They are the last real rock band in America.  A strong statement, I know.  But think about it.  Who else is out there doing what they want, the way they want to do it.  The closest comparison to me is the Foo Fighters.  But they don't push the envelope.  When Kid A came out, there wasn't anything like it before.  Last night I got the feeling that they were playing the show for themselves as much as they were playing it for the crowd.  If not more so.  They played an amazing setlist and came out for 2 encores.  And in each of those encores they played a brand new song, one of which had never been played live before.  Who has the balls to do that?  Traditionally the encore is comprised of the hits.  It's the show stopper to send people out the door.  But for Radiohead it's just another place to change things up.  Because they are the last band that's out there, doing whatever they want to do.  And in the process changing the music industry.