Oslo, Norway (November 14, 2003)–R.E.M. recently wrapped up a 10-day tour of Europe to promote its second ‘greatest hits’ album, In Time: The Best of R.E.M 1988-2003. The final show was a special performance in Oslo, Norway which was open only to fan club members, contest winners and media. The venue, known only to a selected few prior to the event, was an old factory called Uderholdningsfabrikke; the space is now dedicated to concert and event production. Midas’s Norwegian distributor, AVAB-CAC, provided staging, lights and sound for the show, including two Midas Heritage 3000 consoles to take care of both front-of-house and monitor mixing.
According to AVAB-CAC’s Asle Nilsen, the consoles were specifically requested by FOH engineer engineer Jo Ravitch and his colleague on monitors, Frank Lopes. “There isn’t an engineer in the world who isn’t familiar with a Heritage 3000,” commented Asle Nilsen, “I’m pleased to say the show was a huge success. Not only was it highly anticipated–tickets were going on the black market for the equivalent of £500–but the band were in great form.”
R.E.M.’s manager, Bertis Downs, commented on the industrial venue, “It’s been a long time since we played a rave, and the guys had a great time! They were glad to be back here and excited to play for audience members from several countries in Scandinavia.”