Last year, R.E.M. released their fourteenth album Accelerate… a very astute title, since the band recorded it during a quick nine-week schedule, a much faster pace than they were used to working in.
Bassist Mike Mills suggested they work out the new songs in a live setting, as they’d done in the past, so the band took a five day residency at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. They called the shows “working rehearsals,” and debuted many new songs as works-in-progress.
But what’s especially great about those shows was they really dug deep into their back catalog, eschewing tracks like “Losing My Religion” or “Stand” for more obscure material like “Maps & Legends,” or “Wolves, Lower” from their 1982 debut EP, Chronic Town. The result is an amazing collection, spanning the band’s 30 year history, and capturing the Georgia trio’s vitality after all this time.
And you can hear those performances on their new live album, R.E.M: Live at The Olympia. I’ll be giving away three copies today on The Afternoon Show!
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