Live 8 Concert

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R.E.M. - "The greatest thing since bread came sliced.

The band includes Michael Stipe, vocals - Peter Buck, guitars - Bill Rieflin, drums

R.E.M.'s most popular DVDs and CDs:
The Best of REM, Automatic for the People, Around the Sun, Out of Time

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at Live 8 UK
& Live 8 USA

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London, USA
and Philadelphia DVD set here

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Set list:

Imitation of Life 4:23
Everybody Hurts 6:16
Man on the Moon 5:37


Around the Sun

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The Best of REM

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Out of Time

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R.E.M. at Live 8

R.E.M. formed in Athens, Georgia in early 1980�s by guitarist Peter Buck, drummer Bill Berry, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. The band members chose the name R.E.M. right out of the dictionary. They claimed that liked the name because it was so ambiguous. R.E.M actually started out under the name Twisted Kites. It has been said that they also considered calling themselves Negro Eyes, Slut Bank, and Cans of Piss before settling for R.E.M.

Throughout the 1980s, R.E.M. achieved a growing cult status due mainly to Stipe's obscure lyrics and the band's sound. It was most noticeably influenced by the jangly, arpeggio-driven melodies of The Byrds. The band's politics, aesthetics, and hardworking ethics enabled the group to quickly establish itself as one of the pillars of the U.S.'s growing alternative rock scene.

By 1988 R.E.M. had signed with a major label and they toured stadiums across the world extensively. Their next real noticeable records, Out of Time and Automatic for the People , were both international hits, even though R.E.M. did not tour to support either album. R.E.M. had established themselves as a household name though songs like "Losing My Religion", "Shiny Happy People", "Everybody Hurts", "Nightswimming", "Man on the Moon", and "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite". Videos for the songs "Losing My Religion" and "Everybody Hurts" received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for "Losing My Religion" was banned in Ireland due to its religious connotations.

In 1994 R.E.M release the grunge-influenced album titled Monster. It included "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?�. The album was followed by a massive tour during which drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain hemorrhage on stage. During this tour the R.E.M. recorded the album New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

In 1996 the band resigned with Warner Bros for what was at the time the largest recording contract advance in history: $80 million for five albums.

The drummer Bill Berry departed on October 30, 1997, claiming �that he simply didn't want to be a rock star anymore and has since been a farmer�.

The band returned with experimental sounds on Up. This was yet another long and reflective record. The lead single was "Daysleeper." Many tracks on Up contained drum machines.

2004 saw R.E.M. returning with the album Around the Sun. This was met with mild critical praise. R.E.M. hired Bill Rieflin as session and tour drummer. Singles from this album included "Aftermath",  "Leaving New York", "Wanderlust� and Electron Blue".


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Bands that played Live 8 London

Mariah Carey
Ms. Dynamite
Bob Geldof
Peter Kay
The Killers
Elton John
Annie Lennox
Paul McCartney
Pink Floyd
Scissor Sisters
Snoop Dogg
Snow Patrol
Joss Stone
Velvet Revolver
Robbie Williams

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