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REM Rocks the Point in Dublin – Concert Review


I was lucky enough to be at REM last concert of their European tour on Sunday night (27th Feb). I think REM were out to prove a point that they were still contenders for one of the best bands/live acts on the planet. From the very onset the music was electrifying and rocking. All the old favourites were there as well as songs from their new album “Around the Sun”.
The following is an extract from REM’s official site by Bertis Weber
“Michael went out to play the first encore song (Kenneth) in an Ireland rugby jersey …borrowed from a fan in the audience …commemorating Ireland’s historic win over England that afternoon at Lansdowne Road; needless to say, the place went up for grabs and was as loud as I have ever heard a crowd anywhere–it was a very cool punctuation to the second show here in the Point Depot and the final night of our 7 week stint in Europe … a set that included Cuyahoga, the Ascent of Man, and in the encore The Worst Joke Ever and Rockville. ”
The lighting was amazing and I found myself several times trying to figure out how they achieved certain effects. Whey they played “Orange Crush” the stage seemed to turn a supernova Orange, that you could hardly look at. This was no laid back gig, this was a foot stamping, hand clapping shout till your hoarse event. Michael Stipe was full of energy and the most animated I have ever seen him. I would put this concert on par with U2’s Zooropa in the RDS 11 years ago.
REMHQ review
Set List
I Took Your Name
So Fast, So Numb
Animal
Cuyahoga
The Great Beyond
High Speed Train
Everybody Hurts
Leaving New York
Orange Crush
Bad Day
Ascent Of Man
I Wanted To Be Wrong
Final Straw
Imitation Of Life
The One I Love
The Worst Joke Ever
Walk Unafraid
Losing My Religion
Encore:
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Drive
Sweetness Follows
Don’t Go Back to Rockville
I’m Gonna DJ
Man On The Moon