R.E.M Thread

oh god, I think I did too. The 2003 tour?


Yep. Dublin for me

I was 12 at the time, but I remember being incredibly jealous of my parents seeing them at Murrayfield on this tour. Apparently The Cranberries were incredible.

First day was The Beautiful South, Belly and Magnapop. Second day was The Beautiful South, Terrorvision and Echobelly

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Me too! First night at Marlay Park.

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I was at one of the Milton Keynes shows, blur supporting

Definitely one of my best gig memories, hot day, non crushy crowd, fantastic view of the band

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They’ve just made an unreleased track from 2004 available to download for a good cause…



I never saw REM live, much to my annoyance. I had tickets for a Hyde Park show later on in their career, but when they announced the supports were Feeder and The Zutons, I decided to sell my tickets and go on tour with my cricket team instead.

Ooof! 5 songs from Around The Sun, looks like I dodged a bullet!


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Previously Unreleased R.E.M. Song “Fascinating” to Raise Funds for Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Bahamas

The band is sharing previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit global organization Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Peter, Mike, and Michael recorded the song in 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios.

It’s now available for download for the first time via Bandcamp.com.

You can stream the song for free on Bandcamp and download it for a minimum donation of $2 or an amount of your choosing. Proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps’ emergency response and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

About the Song:
“Fascinating” first appeared on the original master of 2001’s Reveal before being cut last minute. It was Michael’s favorite song from the Reveal sessions according to Peter’s recollection, as chronicled in David Buckley’s R.E.M. biography, Fiction .

“It’s really beautiful,” Mike told Buckley. “It has a flute, oboe arrangement, but it made the record too long… and something had to go.” The track was re-recorded in Nassau for 2004’s Around the Sun, but the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that album. Now this poignant outtake finally finds its fitting moment, as a means to aid the country where the band enjoyed over two months of creative retreat.

“I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there,” reflects Mike. “It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe.”

Hurricane Dorian hammered the Bahamas’ northwest islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco for 48 hours in early September 2019, causing widespread destruction and leaving 76,000 people homeless and in need of lifesaving assistance. Mercy Corps mobilized immediately and are committed to reaching 3,000 families with emergency kits including mosquito nets, tarps, jerrycans, water-purifying tablets and rope.

“The Bahamas faces a long road to recovery after this devastating hurricane,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps. “We’re grateful to have R.E.M. in our global community of humanitarians, sharing their song with the world to help the people of the Bahamas recover and build back even stronger.”

In 2005, following a visit to Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Katrina recovery program in New Orleans, Michael released a six-song EP that raised nearly $100K for Mercy Corps’ relief efforts along the United States Gulf Coast. The band also generously supported Mercy Corps’ Katrina relief efforts.

I saw two shows in 4 days (one had been rescheduled) on that tour - they were awesome both times. The Around the Sun stuff made for nice toilet and bar breaks!

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only time I saw REM was on the “Around the Sun” tour - it was great but I distinctly remember “High Speed Train” being a “I could be watching ‘Heat’ right now” moment…


Not my favourite album of theirs but insanely hard to call what my favourite track off of it is. Could have listed any of 5 given the mood I was in.