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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pat Caputo joins Radiohead onstage in band's first Detroit show in 15 years

Midway through Radiohead's first Detroit (-area) concert in 15 years Monday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, some concertgoers thought the band was either paying homage to the area's rich sports history or that a technical glitch had interrupted their evening.
Near the half-way point of  nearly two-hour set, a clip of "Caputo and Fithian," which airs on WXYT-FM (97.1) featuring Oakland Press columnist Pat Caputo, came ripping through the speakers. Caputo could clearly be heard saying: "I still believe they're going to win the division."
Caputo posted video of the phenomena to Facebook. "Unexpected surprise for sure, but cool. Feel honored. Radiohead is a great band. I've been a long-time fan," he wrote.

Oakland Press entertainment writer Gary Graff shed some light on the situation, noting the band has been patching in live radio feeds to accompany 1997's "Climbing up the Walls." 
"That's part of the recording," Graff said. "In every stop of the tour, they've been taking a sample of live radio."
Caputo's 8 p.m. program would have been getting into full swing around 9:30 p.m., when the sample was played. 
Several fans (myself included) were surprised by the snippet:
  • @PaulKampe: "Pretty sure I just heard @patcaputo98 during the Radiohead concert @ThePalace. No joke."
  • @ryancolpaert: Is @radiohead a Detroit sports fan or a @patcaputo98 fan?
  • @graffonmusic: Just heard @TheOaklandPress @patcaputo98 sampled during a song at @radiohead concert at @ThePalace 
Ads for Caputo's radio show appear in the rotating signage wrapped around the facing of the upper bowl at The Palace.


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