R.E.M. used a 2007 concert series in Dublin as an opportunity to test out material for their album Accelerate. Now the band is using a double-CD release as an opportunity to show fans the rehearsal footage.
The two-disc set R.E.M. Live at the Olympia will drop Oct. 27 and feature tracks from a five-night stand at the Irish club, including some of the unpolished tracks that appeared on the band's last studio effort.
The series of gigs was a deliberate part of the rock group's songwriting process. "So often when you make a record you haven't played the songs live and then you start taking them out on tour and they get faster or you change parts and think, 'Man, I wish we had done that on the album," reasoned bassist-keyboardist Mike Mills. "I didn't want to have that this time. I wanted to play them live so we could get all that out of way and really know what we wanted to do with the songs in the studio." [Billboard.com]