Watch Radiohead resurrect acoustic version of 'True Love Waits' for first time in 15 years

The song, which was re-molded into a minimalist piano ballad for the 2016 album 'A Moon Shaped Pool' was resurrected in its original acoustic form by frontman Thom Yorke.


                            Watch Radiohead resurrect acoustic version of 'True Love Waits' for first time in 15 years
Thom Yorke (Getty Images)

This past weekend, Radiohead fans in Brazil were in for a rare delight. While performing at the Soundhearts Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Radiohead's Thom Yorke decided to resurrect the acoustic version of their song 'True Love Waits,' something the band hasn't performed in around 15 years.

The song has a history that spans two decades. For years, 'True Love Waits' was performed live by Thom Yorke as a solo acoustic arrangement, a version of which can be heard on 2001’s live album 'I Might Be Wrong'.

But the song never found its way to the tracklisting of any of the indie idols' studio albums until 2016, where it found a sweet spot as the last song of the album 'A Moon Shaped Pool.' But the song received a new touch-up for the album and was morphed into a minimalist piano ballad, a far stretch from the organic, acoustic version that old fans sometimes got to see at live gigs.

Now, in an unplanned moment during their gig in Rio, Thom Yorke suddenly pulled the song out of retirement and performed it in all its original glory. 

While the set list for their performance was diverse, it also included crowd-favorites like 'Idioteque,' 'Identikit,' 'Everything In It's Right Place,' 'Karma Police' and 'Paranoid Android.' 

Radiohead has been pulling a few surprise antics on stage off late. Earlier in Radiohead’s South American tour, Yorke performed an acapella version of 'The Gloaming' to try and soothe a highly charged crowd that broke through the safety rail mid-way through the show. 

Radiohead will also play more dates in South America throughout April before hitting North America in the summer. Meanwhile, guitarist Ed O’Brien is also set to release a solo album, while Thom Yorke recently announcing a UK and European solo tour.

Check out Radiohead's full schedule of dates below:

Radiohead 2018 Tour Dates:


04/11 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional (SUE Festival) 
04/14 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Tecnopolis (Soundhearts Festival) 
04/17 – Lima, PR @ Estadio Nacional (Soundhearts Festival) 
04/20 – Rio de Janerio, BR @ Parque Olimpico (Soundhearts Festival) 
04/22 – São Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque (Soundhearts Festival) 
04/25 – Bogota, CO @ Parque 222 (Soundhearts Festival) 
07/06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/07 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
07/10 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/16 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
07/17 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
07/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
07/20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
07/22 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
07/23 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
07/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
07/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
07/28 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center