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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012

A brief history of D.C. and Radiohead and disaster


Radiohead performs at its last local show in 2008. Not pictured — buckets of rain. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)
Big concert news this Monday morning — Radiohead will play at Verizon Center on Sunday, June 3. It will be the first local show in four years from the popular choice for World’s Greatest Rock Band. All tickets are $69.50 (plus fees) and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Of course, news of a local Radiohead concert will also bring about predictions of impending doom, so when June 3 arrives, don’t be surprised if any of the following happen: Metro’s power grid fails, leading to a complete shutdown of the system; a strong aftershock to last year’s earthquake; a hailstorm of Biblical proportions; some crisis that only Jack Bauer could fix.

Please recall the last time the band was in town, in May 2008: it rained. A lot. And kept raining. Roads near the venue formerly known as Nissan Pavilion flooded and many concertgoers couldn’t even get in to see the band. (Those who did get in saw quite a show, even if they experienced it in soaking wet socks.)

In 2001 the band was set to perform a pair of shows at Bull Run Park in Centreville. Torrential rains soaked out both of these shows, which were never rescheduled. A shame, since this was when the band was arguably at the height of its powers after the releases of “Amnesiac” and “Kid A.”

And then there was the Tibetan Freedom Concert, a star-studded, two-day mega-festival in 1998 at RFK Stadium at which someone actually got struck by lightning a few hours before Radiohead was set to hit the stage. This story turned out okay — the woman survived and made a quick recovery, Radiohead performed at RFK the next day, and they even performed at the 9:30 Club on the night the concert got postponed, leading to one of the most legendary shows in the club’s storied history. (The band played the majority of “OK Computer” as Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston snuggled in the VIP area.)

For those hoping for general admission floor seats, you'll need some luck on Saturday morning, and also to set your alarm early. A ticket lottery will take place at 8 a.m. at the Verizon Center box office only. Be in line by 8, or you won't be in the lottery. There's a four-ticket limit.

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