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

There are 34 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 5, 2008, titled R.E.M. draws few but is still a powerful live act. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

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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P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jun 6, 2008
When there is basement flooding, its a good idea to use a shop vac to suck up the water before it does too much damage.

(Just playing with the censorship of everyday words).

“We're All In This Together.”

Since: Jun 08

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#22 Jun 6, 2008
I thought the show was boring and R.E.M. really did a horrible job of trying to get the crowd involved. Thank heavens I got the tickets for free or I would really think I got ripped off.
PayneRelief

Austin, TX

#23 Jun 6, 2008
Regarding low attendence, I read many years ago that the dimwitted, stupefied lyrics of REM caused young folk to go elswhere for their ear candy.

"Straight off the boat, where to go?
Calling on in transit, calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe"
Common Man

Irving, TX

#24 Jun 6, 2008
hdog wrote:
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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.
I guess 9/11 happened while lefties were in control?
Mark

Hartford, CT

#25 Jun 6, 2008
R.E.M. still exists? Wow, who knew. Michael Stipe should go back under a rock.
WendellGee

Minneapolis, MN

#26 Jun 6, 2008
PayneRelief wrote:
Regarding low attendence, I read many years ago that the dimwitted, stupefied lyrics of REM caused young folk to go elswhere for their ear candy.
"Straight off the boat, where to go?
Calling on in transit, calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe"
R.E.M. popularity among 'young folk' has fallen because 'young folk' and their brains have become stupified by electronic media and 'young folk' live in a culture of 'competition for attention'. No longer is it cool to pursue your own thoughts and interpretations of music lyrics. Hopefully, if they get to college, get away from 'American Idol' and text messaging, they will start seeking intellectual thought and disavow the media machine that entraps 'young folk' today. Thank God artist like R.E.M. have the courage to think for themselves.
IN FLUX REDUX

Marysville, OH

#27 Jun 6, 2008
WendellGee wrote:
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R.E.M. popularity among 'young folk' has fallen because 'young folk' and their brains have become stupified by electronic media and 'young folk' live in a culture of 'competition for attention'. No longer is it cool to pursue your own thoughts and interpretations of music lyrics. Hopefully, if they get to college, get away from 'American Idol' and text messaging, they will start seeking intellectual thought and disavow the media machine that entraps 'young folk' today. Thank God artist like R.E.M. have the courage to think for themselves.
Ah, but the ones who need to see this won't, they are too busy on myspace and playing "Guns" and "World of Warcraft."

A lot of youth today can't think for themselves, they need the media to tell them "what's cool" and "Hot."
Liam

Champlin, MN

#28 Jun 6, 2008
If you go to an REM show you WILL hear the politics., so stop complaining. the man has opinions and whether you agree or disagree he has the mic and the platform so leet him talk.
Back to the music, I've never been to such a high energy show. Did Peter Buck ever take a break?
This was his night, he drove the band from the opening riff of "revenge" to the last E minor chord to close man on the moon. He was breathtaking to watch. Visually it was the most beautiful REM show I have seen, the visuals were stunning. REM get a lot more from this kind of technology than U2 ever did.

All in all a great show, so stop complaining about the politics at an REM show, because that's what they are about.
rose

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Jun 6, 2008
Danyelle wrote:
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.
Danyelle, I absolutely AGREE with you! I have NEVER been able to stand REM because they ALWAYS find a way to make EVERYTHING political!
rose

Saint Paul, MN

#30 Jun 6, 2008
WendellGee wrote:
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R.E.M. popularity among 'young folk' has fallen because 'young folk' and their brains have become stupified by electronic media and 'young folk' live in a culture of 'competition for attention'. No longer is it cool to pursue your own thoughts and interpretations of music lyrics. Hopefully, if they get to college, get away from 'American Idol' and text messaging, they will start seeking intellectual thought and disavow the media machine that entraps 'young folk' today. Thank God artist like R.E.M. have the courage to think for themselves.
It's ALL political to REM! That's how they've been since they've started!

And by the way WendellGee, I CAN think for myself....
nww

Minneapolis, MN

#31 Jun 6, 2008
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?
Thank God for the "house that Norm built" - America's next president needed a good venue to accept his party's nomination in front of his many supporters.
JLL

Saint Paul, MN

#32 Jun 8, 2008
The National were by far the highlight of the night, and dude, they are nothing like Radiohead.
Daphne

United States

#33 Jun 11, 2008
Liam wrote:
If you go to an REM show you WILL hear the politics., so stop complaining. the man has opinions and whether you agree or disagree he has the mic and the platform so leet him talk.
Back to the music, I've never been to such a high energy show. Did Peter Buck ever take a break?
This was his night, he drove the band from the opening riff of "revenge" to the last E minor chord to close man on the moon. He was breathtaking to watch. Visually it was the most beautiful REM show I have seen, the visuals were stunning. REM get a lot more from this kind of technology than U2 ever did.
All in all a great show, so stop complaining about the politics at an REM show, because that's what they are about.
Well actually Liam, a concert is not an arena to spew political rants. We pay good money to see bands perform, not to hear how they feel about Obama, Clinton or any other politican. Just b/c I like a band's music does not mean that I feel the same way they do politically. Not all REM songs are political. Leave politics out of concerts. I was looking forward to the show, but now I may just have to leave after The National and Modest Mouse play (they are my real reason for going to the show). I am on old time REM fan, but I have never seen them live and maybe now I never will. Thanks for the head's up!
Lindsey

Laurel, MD

#34 Jun 11, 2008
my husband. my two kids and I walked out of the REM concert after hearing way too much political bullshit and the final straw was some crap about Dick Cheney. I couldn't take much more. I was done. Does Michael Stipe even know Dick Cheney? Who is the real Dick hear?

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