Slug: rem-unplugged-on-mtv2-last-night Date: 2001-08-10 Title: R.E.M. Unplugged on MTV2 Last Night layout: post

Our local stations carry MTV2 on a high UHF channel. So I was, luckily enough, able to catch a re-broadcast of MTV's recent Unplugged with R.E.M. It was, as usual, a treat - although Michael Stipe seemed bored for the first few songs. Highlights:<p> Cuyahoga: Awesome, beutiful song from Life's Rich Pageant, 1986. It's haunting live, and Michael finally began spending emotional energy while singing it.<p> Country Feedback: Slow, powerful. From Out Of Time, (1990 I think). Michael has thrown himself into this song everytime I've heard him perform it - "I… need this…"<p> When MTV put up the Losing My Religion video on the screen behind the band, and Michael saw himself: "Who is this guy? Get him off there…. God, he's so sincere!"<p>

All in all a good time. These guys rock.</p></p></p></p>