This is Not a Show
Oct 23 - Oct 25, 2009
(Vincent Moon, France, 2009, DVD, 59 min)
Live R.E.M. concert film!
This Is Not A Show captures the best moments from R.E.M.'s “working rehearsals” at Dublin’s fabled Olympia Theatre, during which singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills Stipe tested out new songs for R.E.M.’s 2008 studio album Accelerate.
The film includes concert and backstage footage from July 2007 when the band tested new material over five nights before fired-up, capacity crowds comprised of fan-club members, friends, family and fans from all over the world who were privy to R.E.M.'s so-called “experiment in terror,” as guitarist Peter Buck put it. “We were just trying to do something we hadn't done before," Buck says, "which meant there was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn't know all that well. Which was kind of good—there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that show."