November 4th: the day the people of the United States choose a new President and here at remhq.com and somewhere in Santiago, Chile, we are all on pins and needles awaiting the outcome of an election for which no adjective–not even monumental, nor historic, nor superserious–seems to really do justice.
Tonight, R.E.M. plays show number two in Santiago, Chile, at Movistar Arena, and since the band will likely be on stage as the election returns are coming in, you can bet that the guys will be glued to the internet and cable before and after they take the stage. Who knows? There may be periodic updates sent their way from the side of the stage at some point or the other! Bet on it. In warm Santiago, fans should expect another great setlist, and if last night is any indication of tonight, the band should be greeted by another incredibly supportive and energetic crowd. Stay tuned for a promised postcard from the road from Bertis at some point tomorrow (we’re all have our fingers crossed for a celebratory tone this time around).
Finally, here are two more links–one from New York magazine and the other from the omnipresent and always excellent Salon.com–well worth your time; these two are followed by three links from the South American and Mexican press (for our Spanish-speaking readers) which attest to the fact that R.E.M.’s support of Obama has not gone unnoticed:
R.E.M. PRESS IN MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICA: