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But older fans won't be disappointed - they're playing loads and loads of old stuff they haven't played for ages...

REM previewed the new tracks which will feature on their forthcoming best of as they kicked off their first world tour in four years in HOLLAND at the weekend (June 21/22).

The band played two markedly different sets at Uterecht Tivoli on Saturday and Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall on Sunday. Before the tour started, the band had said they had rehearsed over 75 songs for the tour.

Forthcoming single 'Bad Day' and 'Animal', the new songs on 'In Time', the double CD greatest hits due for release in October, were played on both nights. The band's sets delved deeply into their back catalogue, with 1986 album 'Lifes Rich Pageant' particularly well represented. Of REM[/url]'s 12 studio albums, only songs from 1983's 'Murmur' and 1988's 'Green' have yet to feature in the set.



The first night set was:

'Begin The Begin'
'Animal'
'The Great Beyond'
'Drive'
'Welcome To The Occupation'
'Bad Day'
'Imitation Of Life'
'Daysleeper'
'All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)'
'So Fast So Numb'
'Maps And Legends'
'Losing My Religion'
'Electrolite'
'At My Most Beautiful'
'The One I Love'
'Life And How To Live It'
'She Just Wants To Be'
'Walk Unafraid'
'Man On The Moon'



Encore:

'Everybody Hurts'
'Favourite Writer '(with Linda Hopper)
'Little America'
'It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)'



The second night set was:

'Finest Worksong'
'These Days'
'Animal'
'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?'
'Fall On Me'
'Bad Day'
'Daysleeper'
'Imitation Of Life'
'I've Been High'
'Exhuming McCarthy'
'The Great Beyond'
'So. Central Rain'
'Country Feedback'
'So Fast So Numb'
'Losing My Religion'
'She Just Wants To Be'
'I Believe'
'Walk Unafraid'
'Man On The Moon'



Encore:

'Everybody Hurts'
'Favourite Writer'
'Cuyahoga'
'It's The End Of The World/ People Have The Power'


REM play two nights at London's Brixton Academy this week (June 24/25) before headlining the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday (June 27).

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