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Sunday, May 25, 2008

R.E.M. Opens for “Awesome”

posted by on May 25 at 14:00 PM

The first thing that happened was Peter Buck fell. R.E.M. was walking out onto the stage, the surface of it slick with rain water, Michael Stipe looking all Michael Stipe-y, and Buck just ate it. Whooop! And then stood immediately back up, so that by the time I looked up I’d missed it.

“So dude just slipped?” said someone next to me, trying to come to grips with what he’d just seen.

His friend, who also saw it, nodded and added, “Like an old, irrelevant man.”

Harsh! They were great! They were R.E.M.! Nevertheless, a conversation ensued about the enduring-ness of R.E.M., the “relevance” of R.E.M., and someone who was very stoned predicted that R.E.M. was going to be big. “R.E.M. has legs,” he kept saying.


After “Drive,” which Stipe sang with everything in his being, sang the hell out of, Stipe against the world, Stipe against time itself—tick… TOCK… tick… TOCK—the guy next to me (OK, Brandon Ivers) said, under his breath, “Fair enough, Mr. Stipe. Fair enough.”

The next morning—this morning—“Awesome” came out on stage (the mainstage!) in yellow polo shits (context: event security is wearing yellow polos—they looked like the Sasquatch Security Staff Band) and thanked R.E.M. “for opening for us” and apologized for “the 12-hour delay.” Then they played a fantastic, weird, musical-y, set in front of what looked like a very elaborate cloud background but was, actually, real clouds. Then it started raining and Evan Mosher, on trumpet, explained that the rain was a digital effect they were controlling. They did “Telephone,” their best song. Among the people seen losing their shit, dancing in the rain, were Sarah Rudinoff, Michael Place, and a bunch of people in green-plastic festival-issued refugee-camp-grade ponchos.

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I tell you what often blooms at enormous whozeewhatsit!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Whozeewhatsit | May 26, 2008 6:12 PM

drive is fantastic song! i had the automatic for the people tape (it was orange, remember?) and the drive CD single! superfan!

anyone who wants to rage against the REm machine can take it up with me. they might not have the best taste anymore, but they still murder their good material, right? RIGHT?

FUCK! why am i not at sasquatch!??

Posted by ndrwmtsn | May 26, 2008 7:51 PM

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