REM mark ‘Irish anniversary’ at Oxegen

Band celebrate year since premiering songs in Dublin

R.E.M returned to Ireland for the Oxegen Festival tonight (July 12) – exactly a year after road-testing new material in the country.

The band performed material from what would become ‘Accelerate’ at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin 12 months ago.

Announcing the Irish anniversary to the crowd – as well as thrilling trivia fans by informing the audience that ‘Imitation Of Life’ was not premiered in Eire but was the band’s first Japanese Number One – singer Michael Stipe encouraged some audience participation.

Asking the crowd to “show me your phones” during ‘Electrolite’, he compared the view of the twinkling screens to looking down from the Hollywood Hills towards Los Angeles.

The band later tore through the likes of ‘The One I Love’ and ‘Losing My Religion’, with the singer congratulating the crowd for singing along with the latter’s mandolin part.

For ‘Let Me In’ the band then gathered around an upright piano to perform the song acoustically, before they launched into ‘Bad Day’ as a full band.

After a few more favourites, including ‘Orange Crush’, the band ended with ‘I’m Gonna DJ’.

However, underlying their status – despite The Verve topping the bill tonight – R.E.M returned for an encore.

Kicking off with ‘Supernatural Superserious’, a track named with help from Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, the band also played ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ and ‘Man On The Moon’ to loud sing-a-longs.

R.E.M played:

‘Living Well Is The Best Revenge’

‘These Days’

‘What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?’

‘Begin The Begin’

‘Man-Sized Wreath’

‘Drive’

‘Ignoreland’

‘Hollow Man’

‘Imitation Of Life’

‘Electrolite’

‘The One I Love’

‘Losing My Religion’

‘Fall On Me’

‘Let Me In’

‘Bad Day’

‘Horse To Water’

‘Orange Crush’

‘I’m Gonna DJ’

‘Supernatural Superserious’

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

‘Man On The Moon’

The band will now headline the final night of T In The Park tomorrow (July 13).

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