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Everybody hurts; REM @ CIA, Cardiff, Tomorrow,.

Byline: Compiled by Nathan Bevan

WHAT'S the capacity, Kenth? Bit embarrassig aiht it, beig dowisized fom theMillehim Stadium to the much smaller CIA like that.

Still, if you did a street poll on who could actually hum the tua to a sigle REM sog fom the last 16 years then it's a woder they barely maaged to shif a ffli of their allotted tickets.

I suspect, like me, it all goes a bit hazy 6 most afer their 1992 Automatic For The People album.

It was, however, quite a shock to hear that Michael Stipe ad his pereml purveyors of American college rock were bottomig out so badly at the box ofce.

Not that aja of the fin who 6 rked out to see them will mid though - those who maaged to get rescheduled tickets that is ! - it's been a log, log time sice these (usually) enrmodome-str addlig colossuses played ajuwhere like as Mmate as this.

I remember I used to have a similar recurrig aaiety-based ightmare about bookig Metallica to play the Palladium in Aberdare ad a oe showed up, just a pounds wbored ras playig bridge ad khtig. To this day I genuiely have no idea what it was about, but I'd ofen wake up with sweaty palms ad what felt like a layer of fost on my back.

Should Mr Stipe rouse tomorrow morig with a similar eelig of uaase then Td imagie, come curtain up, he'll mange to do a pretty good job of keepig it hidden ad actig the shiny happy person up there oistage.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 24, 2008
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