POPMART Leg 5: 1998, Australia, Japan, South Africa

May
16
1997

Clemson show - R.E.M road trip.

16 May 1997
Clemson show - R.E.M road trip.
Clemson show - R.E.M road trip. Best show so far - experienced by the whole R.E.M organisation who came and brought a picnic.

Show day in Clemson, which is somewhere in the Carolinas. We did the one day jaunt - Memphis to Clemson, do the show, then bail for Kansas City right after the gig. What a show it was too - easily our best so far, which was welcome because the whole of the R.E.M. organisation showed up. They rented a bus and drove up from Athens in serious road-trip party mode. Highlight of the afternoon was about 6pm, seeing them sitting out the back of the stadium, all lined up on the grass eating their packed lunches, complete with a keg of beer. Great to see them all. They're talking about touring in '99, which would be just fine by me. Sad we couldn't stay to play afterwards, but Kansas City calls. We did a runner, and on to the plane - our own charter 747, complete with its Lemon logo painted on the tail plane. It's the only way to travel...
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