Thursday, June 23, 2005

R.E.M. sent goodwill message to Aung San Suu Kyi

R.E.M. played three songs for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at 2005/06/20 concert in Dublin. REM were playing to 25,000 fans at Ireland's Ardgillan Castle.

In his message, Michael said, “To the people of Burma, hello from Dublin, Ireland. “To Aung San Suu Kyi, we are gathered here tonight to join in solidarity with your vision of democracy in Burma. “We want to wish you a happy 60th birthday filled with hope and say that we deeply respect your profound commitment to the people of Burma. And we pray with our hearts that by your 61st birthday, you will walk free among your people. “We celebrate your spirit, vision, dedication and commitment to democracy and peace.” [link]

On their official website they wrote: And last night the band dedicated part of the show to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese leader whose 60th birthday it was. Michael displayed a poster-sized picture of her and gave a dignified dedication before the band played “The Outsiders,” “Find the River,” and “World Leader Pretend.” It seemed appropriate and affirmative, and if it helps draw attention where necessary, we will be happy for that. [link]

Michael Stipe wore the blue color shirt which is the color of dress Daw Aung San SuuKyi wore in the poster he displayed. 2005/06/20 R.E.M. dedicate "The Outsiders" to Ang San Suu Kyi in Dublin (D Belisle) [Link]

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