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R.E.M.: St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

Andy Gill, The Independent, 17 September 2004

R.E.M. ARE NO strangers to the "secret" show, having pioneered them back in the ‘80s, when they would appear at places such as the tiny Borderline Club under amusing pseudonyms such as Bingo Hand Job. Tonight, however, the locale is the somewhat more sedate surroundings of St James Church in Piccadilly, and the Clear Channel passes and the BBC pantechnicon parked round the back attest to the grander scheme in which they operate these days.

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