Stipe, Buck and Mills are back on form in Manchester

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REM’s European tour arrived in Manchester last night. And in spite of some setbacks (their Cardiff show was scaled back from the Millennium Stadium to a much smaller indoor arena), it seems Messrs Buck, Mills & Stipe are back in feisty form.

An epic set at the Lancashire cricket ground yesterday saw the trio trawl through some of the dustier corners of their back catalogue, playing the likes of “Pretty Persuasion”, “7 Chinese Bros” and “So Fast So Numb”, as well as the usual hits and great chunks of this year’s much-vaunted “return to form”, “Accelerate”.

For a comprehensive review of the show, visit our live reviews blog.

In the meantime, here’s the setlist:

Living Well Is The Best Revenge

These Days

What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

Drive

Man-Sized Wreath

Fall On Me

Ignoreland

Walk Unafraid

Hollow Man

I’m Gonna DJ

Electrolite

Pretty Persuasion

The Great Beyond

So Fast So Numb

7 Chinese Bros.

The One I Love

I’ve Been High

Let Me In

Horse To Water

Bad Day

Orange Crush

Imitation Of Life

ENCORES

Supernatural Superserious

Losing My Religion

Mr Richards

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Man On The Moon