New songs from R.E.M. rehearsals in Dublin, 6/30/07
R.E.M. gave Irish fans a fantastic treat this last week by playing five shows at the historical Olympia Theatre (the oldest theatre in Dublin), calling the shows working rehearsals of new material for their next album. All in all, ten new songs were debuted in this first night's show (June 30, 2007) and they sound really strong to these R.E.M.-loving ears.
One of the best of the new batch is "Until The Day Is Done," because it's reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite R.E.M. songs, "Sweetness Follows." Several of the new songs ("Horse to Water," "Staring Down . . .") have a sort of a fervent Monster-era feel to them; this is good in my book, Monster remains one of my favorite R.E.M. albums.
Continuing this theme of Heather's Favorites, the encore also contains two of my favorite songs from New Adventures in Hi-Fi: "New Test Leper" (man, what a fantastic, gorgeous, sad-sounding song) and "Electrolite" is simply magnificent -- a pure and wonderful singalong.
R.E.M. IN DUBLIN
Olympia Theatre, 6/30/07
Living Well (new)
Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance (new)
Mr. Richards (new)
On the Fly (new)
Letter Never Sent
Man Sized Wreath (new)
Until the Day is Done (new)
Maps and Legends
Horse to Water (new)
New Test Leper
I'm Gonna DJ At The End Of The World
ZIP: R.E.M. IN DUBLIN NIGHT ONE
Photos credit remhq.com and this gal. Also check out this review from The Independent (UK).