Our musical journey through great Kenji concerts continues with:
REM at John Labatt Centre, London; 9 November, 2004.
Michael was in fine voice, sonorously compelling and sardonic. Mike Mills' special wardrobe tribute to Canada and his Rockville presentation enhanced the experience. And as distracting as Bill Berry's on-stage dances were, you have to admire someone who "dances" to his own beat...
The setlist was a marvellous mix of new and classic (set list available here), (Document was well represented "This One Goes Out to the One I Love" and "Exhuming McCarthy") with special regard for "The Aftermath" on the latest release. The lighting, the engagement of the audience and the power of Stipe ... only "It's the End of the World as We Know It" could have made it better. I feel fine.