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Our report from the Royal Albert Hall

Michael Stipe

Albert Hall Updates

Take a look back at the events of the day with our mobile phone text updates from REM Live At The Royal Albert Hall.

Mobile Phone Updates


The lucky few are in for the soundcheck while the REM crew mill around stage.

An empty Royal Albert Hall looks enormous...

Lets test some mandolin.

Mr Buck and Mr Mills have joined us on stage.

Camera phones poised all round...and finally some music.

Instrumental version of Losing My Religion.

We're joined by Michael Stipe for a run through of Electrolite.

We're pushing an elephant up the stairs with The Great Beyond.

Some new material; Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Michael untangles his mp3 player as we're treated to Man Sized Wreath.

A thank you from the band and we're done.

Build up:

The band shoot off for an interview with Steve Lamacq.

The crowd begin to gather outside as Duke Spirit soundcheck.

£15 for an REM tshirt. Bargain!

Foals are on stage as the show gets underway.

Robyn Hitchcock treats us to a little bing and bong.

Peter Buck joins the Robyn Hitchcock line up to cheers from the audience.

Stragglers take their seats while last minute sound checking ensues.


The threesome take the stage at RAH. They start with Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Accelerate is next and Michael finishes with a wave to the crowd.

Third track and we slow it down a little for Drive.

REM's tribute to the 20th century: Electrolite.

Show of hands: REM want to know who've been here before?

Hollow Man.

A quick drink and on with new single Supernatural Superserious.

Mandolin alert!

Lights up, stand up, Losing My Religion.

Mike Mills takes a walk into the audience to cheers from the lucky few right of stage.

We all take a breath again and the band launch into The Great Beyond.

Peter Buck jumps around the stage like a, Peter Buck.

Scramble! as Michael throws his lyrics into the crowd.

Rapturous applause as REM exit stage left. Can't wait for the encore.

Cut loose with the radio coverage over and the encore begins with Imitation Of Life.

Thanks to the support acts and its time for a few Royal Albert Hall memories from the band.

Requests all round but the band go for Until The Day Is Gone.

If you believe its Man On The Moon.

Standing ovation and no one wants to leave...but I think we might have to.

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