28 June 2005

REM delivers powerful live experience

As part of the European leg of their current world tour, R.E.M. paid a visit to the small Danish city Horsens and delivered a truly remarkable concert in front of 23,000 people.

Despite the presence of beer-drinking hillbillies clearly without the dedication to this rare visit of a world name, the band managed to reach the majority of the audience with a sparkling performance and great sound.

And as completely dominant front figure, Michael Stipe once again proved that his stage presence oozes charisma and that he is without doubt, along with the likes of Bono, one of the best frontmen today.

The concert did have a couple of low points where 2-3 relatively anonymous songs followed each other but the band always managed to pull the ship back on course with yet another one of their greatest songs. So the overall impression is one of a band who may have seen their greatest day but still possess a lot of strength and a back catalogue most other bands would sell their mother for.

And when those songs are delivered in radiant form like on this night, R.E.M. are hard to match for any band.

Set list:

01 I Took Your Name
02 What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
03 Bad Day
04 Drive
05 The Outsiders
06 Don't Go Back To Rockville
07 Animal
08 The One I Love
09 I Wanted To Be Wrong
10 Wanderlust
11 Leave
12 Leaving New York
13 Everybody Hurts
14 Turn You Inside-Out
15 Orange Crush
16 Electron Blue
17 Electrolite
18 Walk Unafraid
19 Losing My Religion

20 Imitation Of Life
21 The Great Beyond
22 She Just Wants To Be
23 I've Been High
24 Nightswimming
25 I'm Gonna DJ
26 Man On The Moon

By the way, if you're new to R.E.M. and wonder where to start, my personal top six of their albums is:

1. Automatic For People
2. Around The Sun
3. Reveal
4. New Adventures In Hi-Fi
5. Out Of Time
6. Up

Good luck!

Le Mec


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