R.E.M took up residency at the legendary Olympia Theatre in Dublin for a five-night "Working Rehearsal." The shows occured on June 30th, July 1st, July 3rd, July 4th, and July 5th. R.E.M. begins work on their next record later this spring with producer Jacknife Lee who has produced records for U2, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Aqualung. The five shows showcased songs from the forthcoming spring recording sessions with Lee, and, as such, will be a rare opportunity for the band to play new material for a live audience before the tracks appear on the band's 14th record. Lee, who met with the band in Athens in February, calls R.E.M.'s new material "some of their most exciting and visceral yet."