I had never been a fan of R.E.M. before 2001, when I first saw them live at Rock in Rio 3. In fact, I quite disliked them because they were trendy in the 90s and I tend to dislike most trendy stuff. After the 2001 gig I saw how great they are live and I started to follow them a bit more closely. (For me the only way to rate how good bands really are is to watch a gig and feel its energy).Anyway, yesterday they played here in Rio for the first time since 2001 and I couldn’t see them. (Well, in theory I could. But in the following lines I’ll tell you why I didn’t). The price of concert tickets here in Brazil have increased so much, that it’s total nonsense. Who will pay 200 bucks (cheapest seats) to watch a gig? Well, apparently lots of people do, but I don’t. I really wished I could have watched the R.E.M. gig last night, but I still haven’t reached this point of lunacy. Not yet.