Rare BBC Glastonbury footage of R.E.M and one of the best ever live versions of “It’s The End of the World As We Know It” – from Glastonbury 1999
R.E.M have shared some extraordinary footage of the band performing “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at Glastonbury 1999 Pyramid Stage.
The band is releasing a boxset of rare and unseen footage, live performances and interviews with the BBC.
Revealed via The Independent, the footage is part of a new BBC collection of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives: The Best of R.E.M at the BBC.
Watch the video below:
R.E.M’s brilliant Saturday night set headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage back in 1999 was one to remember (for many reasons). But one reason, in particular, was Michael Stipe dedicating ‘The Great Beyond’ to Michael Eavis’ late wife (which sadly passed away that year) – the field fell silent. You could almost hear the people crying all around you. Powerful moment. The lyrics still resonate now: “I’m breaking through / I’m bending spoons / I’m keeping flowers in full bloom / I’m looking for answers from the great beyond.”
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 stunning 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 BBC boxset will be released a week from tomorrow (October 19th) everywhere. See also more details at: REMHQ.com