Polish fans get an extended set which includes a run through the band's 1981 debut 'Radio Free Europe'...

REM delighted their Polish fans last night by playing their 1981 debut single ‘RADIO FREE EUROPE’ at their gig in WARSAW last night (July 10).

The crowd at the Torwar Hall were treated to the longest set of the band’s European tour to date. Without the normal noise restriction curfew to hamper them, the band was able to play as long as they wanted, according to the band’s official website [url=]remhq.com.

Prior to playing ‘Radio Free Europe’, which was partly inspired by political events in Poland in the early 80’s, frontman Michael Stipe said: “I don’t remember the words to this song, but it never had words to begin with.”

The band added yet more songs to the set – playing ‘Stand’, ‘Lotus’,’I’ll Take The Rain’ and their cover of Pylon’s ‘Crazy’ for the first time on the tour.

The full set for Warsaw was as follows:

‘Finest Worksong’

‘Begin The Begin’





‘The Great Beyond’

‘Bad Day’

‘The One I Love’

‘I’ll Take The Rain’


‘Losing My Religion’


‘Find The River’

‘I Believe’

‘She Just Wants to Be’

‘Walk Unafraid’

‘Man On The Moon’


‘Everybody Hurts’

‘Get Up’

‘Imitation Of Life’

‘Permanent Vacation’

‘So. Central Rain’


‘Radio Free Europe’

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

REM return to the UK to play the T In The Park festival at Baldado, near Kinross in Scotland on Saturday (July 12) and the Move Festival at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Sunday (July 13).