'We're Americans. We love our country. We hate our government.' Thus Michael Stipe dedicated the whole of last night's set to the Democratic Convention he would normally have tried to be at.
And what a set. Most of the new album Accelerate and two or three dips into every decade of the back catalogue - Losing My Religion, Man on the Moon, Driver 8, The One I Love, Imitation of Life, Orange Crush, What's the Frequency Kenneth, Disturbance at the Heron House and Exuming McCarthy.
Two hours of brilliant entertainment. And Editors weren't half bad as a support.