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