CARNIVAL OF ALL SORTS!

The band delight their Swiss fans with some rarely-performed classics...

REM completed their European tour in SWITZERLAND last night (July 27) with yet another fan-friendly set on a jaunt notorious for the reintroduction of many old favourites.

Aside from a few cover versions, NME.COM reckons the band have now played 54 of the 75 songs they claim to have rehearsed in full on their 24-date European tour, as well as playing snatches of others. Other songs yet to make the set have been performed at soundchecks, including new tune ‘Make It All OK’ (which was setlisted in Dublin on July 16 but not actually performed), ‘Superman’, ‘Pretty Persuasion’ and ‘How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us’.

The band were encouraging fans to send requests in on their official website, [url=]remhq.com. A member of NME.COM’s staff even managed to get them to play their girlfriend’s favourite song – ‘Country Feedback’ from 1991’s ‘Out Of Time’ – at the T In The Park festival in Scotland on July 12.

At the Paleo Festival in Nyon last night, no new songs were introduced to the set, but unreleased oldie ‘Permanent Vacation’ made it into the set as an encore, as it has done a few times recently. The track dates back to 1980, the year the band formed, but never appeared on any record.

The full set last night was:

‘Finest Worksong’

‘Begin The Begin’

‘Sitting Still’

‘Drive’

‘Animal’

‘Fall On Me’

‘The Great Beyond’

‘Daysleeper’

‘Bad Day’

‘The One I Love’

‘I’ve Been High’

‘All the Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)’

‘So Fast So Numb’

‘Losing My Religion’

‘At My Most Beautiful’

‘Find The River’

‘She Just Wants to Be’

‘Walk Unafraid’

‘Man On The Moon’

Encore:

‘Everybody Hurts’

‘Country Feedback’

‘Permanent Vacation’

‘Life And How To Live It’

‘Imitation Of Life’

‘It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’

REM kick off a 28-date North American tour at Vancouver Thunderbird Stadium on August 23. The tour ends on October 11 with a ‘homecoming’ show at Atlanta Philips Arena.