R.E.M. draws few but is still a powerful live act

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Most longtime followers of R.E.M. can pinpoint the moment they first started to lose faith in the venerable alt-rock pioneers, whether it was their initial ventures from the clubs into arenas or the 1997 ...

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Corey

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There were a lot of first-timers there (weren't you paying attention when people raised their hands?) so perhaps Stipe had a good reason for explaining the meaning of the songs. And you say that they lack charisma. Sorry but they're one of the most charismatic acts out there. The national isn't really like early radiohead at all (although I agree they're good) and Modest Mouse put in a great performance. He's always done more barking than singing. Maybe you should do your homework first, Ross.
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yeah... wtf?

The National sound absolutely NOTHING like early Radiohead...

but they did steal the show
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Ross, spot on write up.
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I hope all you anti-Norm lefties enjoyed the show in the "house Norm built".
Do you think, had Sandy Pappas won back in the day, REM would play in the courtyard of the low income housing project that she proposed ILO of the Excel Center?
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REM is Boring. Stone Temple Pilots tonight is gonna be much better!
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Jim D wrote:
I hope all you anti-Norm lefties enjoyed the show in the "house Norm built".
Do you think, had Sandy Pappas won back in the day, REM would play in the courtyard of the low income housing project that she proposed ILO of the Excel Center?
And I wish that all you pro-Norm righties would quit injecting your HATE and factless rants on your golden calf poltics on EVERY BOARD! We're all sick and tired of your innane and petulant whining. Americans are trying to get free from the political quagmire, and you right-leaning Terrorists are running around posting junk in places where it really isn't pertinent. Grow up and stop being such a bunch of nit wits....
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GOP Terrorists: LOL, Put the Pot pipe Down and get a Life. Or Get a Rope and end your Quagmire!
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I wish a band could do a show with out bringing politics into it. I know many songs are political written, but thats just it, let the song tell the story. I believe turn out was low do to this, and had it not been for National, many thousand less would have attended. Why does every band now days feel they have to spew their political views; shut up and sing.
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GOP Terrorists wrote:
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And I wish that all you pro-Norm righties would quit injecting your HATE and factless rants on your golden calf poltics on EVERY BOARD! We're all sick and tired of your innane and petulant whining. Americans are trying to get free from the political quagmire, and you right-leaning Terrorists are running around posting junk in places where it really isn't pertinent. Grow up and stop being such a bunch of nit wits....
Man, you're ignorant. Stipe was all about politics last night. Another wannabe political genius. You call the righties terrorists, but the lefties are the ones inviting the real terrorists into this country.

If you don't like what's posted, get lost.
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But back to the show...I thought it was great. I thought all three acts were wonderful, sounded good, and played interesting stuff. R.E.M. played some old songs that I hadn't even hoped to hear, so that was bonus fun. And Johnny Marr on Fall On Me? A lovely surprise. These Days was probably my favorite though...we are young despite the years, indeed.
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GOP Terrorists wrote:
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And I wish that all you pro-Norm righties would quit injecting your HATE and factless rants on your golden calf poltics on EVERY BOARD! We're all sick and tired of your innane and petulant whining. Americans are trying to get free from the political quagmire, and you right-leaning Terrorists are running around posting junk in places where it really isn't pertinent. Grow up and stop being such a bunch of nit wits....
What's in dispute? There would NOT be a Excel Center if the DFLers won that election. Thus, no hockey team, no commerce downtown........ Fundamental differences in how public money should be invested.
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hdog wrote:
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but the lefties are the ones inviting the real terrorists into this country.
Do you want to back that statement up with some facts?
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MnRoadsOnly wrote:
GOP Terrorists: LOL, Put the Pot pipe Down and get a Life. Or Get a Rope and end your Quagmire!
Please don't dis me.
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Do you want to back that statement up with some facts?
1- Close GITMO, let them go.
2- No additional scrutiny twards Middle Easterners to enter our country.
3- No Racial profiling? Go figure.
4- The whole idea that we bought this on ourselves.
5- We are the terrorists in the world today.
I could go on, jsut listen to air america for more.
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Boring wrote:
REM is Boring. Stone Temple Pilots tonight is gonna be much better!
IF Weiland shows up.
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As someone who went to the show more for Modest Mouse, I think the show was good. Ross, your comment on Modest Mouse are way off. Corey from Mankato is right that you need to do your homework on the band before you write about them. Modest Mouse played a great set, and I loved that they didn't interject any commentary about their song or their political views.
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This REM song ROCKS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
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The reason there was so few people was they SUCK!
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They censored my last word it is S U C K
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For me it was Bill Berry leaving, however, I did also hate “Shiny Happy People.” It just seemed so unlike them.

R.E.M. has always been involved one way or another in political movements local and global. Now that I’ve gotten older it no longer appeals to me and actually turns me off. Rather than being the anti liberal and conservative elite anarchists the base of fans grew up loving, they’re now assimilating into the system we hated. Let’s face it, R.E.M. was born out of the spirit of the early anarcho punk rock movement from the 1960’s and 1970’s. Now they’re just another pop rock band.

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