R.E.M. drinks Pisco sour at Lima Hot Festival

Living in Peru
Jobana Soto

An overwhelming crowd of over 35 thousand fans cheered frantically as they waited for R.E.M. to enter the stage on Friday’s Lima Hot Festival. Fans grew wild, eager to see the rock legends at the Estadio Nacional, their first-ever performance in Lima. But it was towards the end of the show that drew the most cheers when guitarist Peter Buck raised a glass of Pisco sour, Peru’s national drink, to the audience. It was an honorable toast to Peru and their successful show  that night.

During the concert, the group held up a sign “R.E.M. ama al Peru” with fans asking for more songs they’ve waited so anxiously to hear. Their set list included songs like “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts,” “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine),” among others.

R.E.M. is currently on their Latin American tour promoting their recently released album “Accelerate.” When they arrived in Lima at Jorge Chavez International Airport, the band was welcomed by dozens of fans who waited to give them a generous greeting.