Fans of R.E.M are invited to head to the band’s Facebook page for a pioneering archival Facebook Live broadcast. This special interactive listening party is happening right now and allows the listener to take a journey through R.E.M.’s BBC Archive and make comments.
Using hours of rare archival performances from the decades of shows for the BBC, fans can curate live a personal journey through the wealth of material! Via real-time voting using the ‘like’ & ‘love’ reactions, you can pick your favourite performances to curate a live playlist to roll out over the coming hours! Peppered throughout are special ‘Easter Eggs’ including unseen interviews & more performances. Please tune in to the official R.E.M. Facebook page now to catch the action.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, the alt-rock icons new box set R.E.M. At The BBC is available as a super-deluxe edition 8-CD/1-DVD box set, as well as 2-CD, 2-LP and digital formats—and it comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. It was released by Craft Recordings on 19 October.
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 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.
The DVD kicks off with a sixty-minute intimate retrospective of the band’s legendary performances at the BBC in the Accelerating Backwards film – previously broadcast only in the UK and available commercially for the first time here. Accelerating Backwards also includes revealing interviews with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, further testifying to R.E.M.’s long, special relationship with the BBC. The DVD also offers a complete 1998 Later….With Jools Holland episode uniquely dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top of the Pops and more.