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R.E.M. at the BBC

R.E.M., one of our all time favorite bands/musicians/artists just released a box set of their live and in-studio performances at the BBC.
“R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection—available as a super-deluxe edition 8-CD/1-DVD box set, as well as 2-CD, 2-LP and digital formats—comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers. In-studio performances featured in the 8-CD/1-DVD box set include a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a glorious Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Live broadcasts include a rough-and-tumble show from Nottingham’s Rock City (1984), the stunning 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour (their first after a six-year break), a blistering 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation-only 2004 show at London’s St James’s Church.”

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds live at the San Diego Civic Theatre

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “played” the San Diego Civic Theatre on Monday June 26th, 2017. I use quotations marks around played because he didn’t much play but more like sang, preached, screamed, recited and just absolutely owned the theatre with his presence for over 2 hours of music.

Is it normal to start feeling anxiety and a panic attack coming in about 4 songs deep into a Nick Cave concert? Because that’s exactly what was happening that night. There is this energy that Nick Cave emits that, if you’re sensitive enough you will be able to feel his warmth, his sadness, his anger and fury. He draws you in. He commands attention. He will be heard.

Monday’s show was no exception to his previous tours. After 18 songs and a little over 2 hours Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds filled the theatre with beautiful ballads surrounded by the loudest noise and screams and snarls that your ears could handle.

It didn’t matter if this was your 1st show or your 10th, this was still a special show. Specially when “Stagger Lee” started playing and Nick Cave summoned the crowd to join him onstage for the remainder of that song and “Push The Sky Away”.

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