Thursday, November 04, 2004


R.E.M. at D.A.R.

As expected, R.E.M. put on a great show the other night. It has a great vibe to it, being the night before the election in Washington, DC. The political comments and lyrics got huge reactions from the pro-Kerry crowd:

Let's put our heads together and start a new country up

The only vote that matters

Teflon, white-washed presidency

We're sick of being jerked around

and plenty more.

Lots of old songs. Lots (too many?) new ones. You can find the setlist here. Despite my initial hatred of the new disk, the songs come off much better live than on the recorded versions. They're stronger and much more vibrant. They put on a terrific show, as always. We even got an impromptu version of "Born To Run". I had my doubts going in, which I felt silly about after the show. R.E.M. never disappoints me live. They're still one of the best bands out there. Go see them, if you get the chance.

Ran into a handful of friends there. Met a few new people, which is always fun. Very high H(omo)-factor. The guy with the Ernie puppet was there. I must have seen him at at least 10 different R.E.M. shows by now. He's as much of a staple as Peter's dinosaurs these days.

Heading to NYC to see them again tonight. That will be interesting. It will be quite a different vibe from the hopeful, optimistic tone of Monday's show. Maybe they'll be angry and rock-out a little more.

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