Click below to read a review of the Manchester show just posted by the Manchester Evening News:
The summer tour continues to gain momentum this weekend moving through Manchester tonight (see setlist below), Loch Lomond Saturday, and Dublin on Sunday. Earlier this week, the band returned to Sheffield and Glasgow for makeup gigs at Hallam Arena and Glasgow Green, underneath the biggest outdoor big-top tent on
The band will dedicate a song at its June 19th concert in Dublin, Ireland, to the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. The song will be broadcast via satellite television inside the Southeast Asian country of Burma, where Suu Kyi is held under arrest.
When we had to cancel the shows due to Mike Mills’ illness back in February, we were lucky to have a break planned for this week so that we could slot in the Glasgow makeup and the Sheffield makeup; the only problem in Glasgow was the unavailability of the S.E.C.C.
We have had quite a week. Here are some highlights, by the numbers:
Shows in torrential rain: 1 (Rock Am Ring)
Shows at Formula One racetracks: 2 (Nurburgring, Imola)
Shows with Green Day: 3 (Nurburgring, Nurnburg, Imola)
Days off in Rome: 4
R.E.M’s June 3rd Rock Am Ring Festival performance will be broadcast by WDR in Germany today (listen between midnight Friday and 6:30am Saturday). For more information, please click here.
R.E.M returned to action this evening in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico. The band will play the Heineken Festival in Imola, Italy, tomorrow night and will then travel to the UK for a headlining slot at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival. Stay tuned for updates…
Rome Set List:
American Way Magazine’s latest issue features a cover story on Michael’s passion for Paris. Michael gives his thoughts on museums, cuisine, hotels, clothing, and a whole lot more.
The R.E.M frontman has traveled the world over but says he’s most in tune with the enchanting French capital. In 1983,
Wanderlust will be released as the 4th single from Around the Sun in the United Kingdom on July 11th. The single will be available in the following formats with the following special b-sides:
2 Track CD
2. Low (alternate version)
2. The Outsiders (alternate mix)
3. Bad Day (live video
R.E.M rocked Magdeburg, Germany tonight on what Bertis described as “a cool, clear, beautiful night in front of Magdeburgâs Dom Platz (cathedral square)–we are making a habit of those…”
I TOOK YOUR NAME
SO FAST SO NUMB
R.E.M is confirmed to play Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concert on July 2nd; The concerts, scheduled for Berlin, London, Paris, Philadelphia, and Rome, are aimed at drawing attention to the need for political justice for the world’s poor and will occur a few days before the G-8 leaders hold
R.E.M is in Gijon, Spain, for a show at the Complejo Deportivo De Las Mestas. Tonight’s opening band is Fabula.
Here is the setlist for last night’s show in Zaragoza, Spain:
I TOOK YOUR NAME
ME IN HONEY
After Wednesday night’s summer tour opener in Granada, in which the band kicked off the concert with jaw-dropper/show stopper “Leave” from “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” for the first time ever, R.E.M stands poised for a big weekend in Spain with shows coming up in Torrevieja, Zaragoza, and Gijon.
The band just completed their first show of the Summer Tour tonight in Granada including the first ever live performance of Leave and the first since 1995 of Me in Honey. By all accounts it was a great show and the guys are excited to be back on stage.