Megaband is sometimes an over-used phrase, but in the case of REM, this description fits the bill perfectly.
In 2007, the American trio - who hail from Athens, Georgia - were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and earlier this year they released their 14th album Accelerate.
With such a huge back-catalogue of material, including many changes of musical styles, REM gave fans at Twickenham a ultra-professional performance and proved they are still up there with the world's best acts.
Led by their enigmatic lead singer Michael Stipe, the set mixed songs from their early days on the IRS Records label with their more well-known tunes from recent times.
Songs such as Fall On Me (from Lifes Rich Pageant, released in 1986), and Orange Crush (from Green, 1988) gave fans a reminder of how far the band has come and how strong the early material was.
The performances of Man-Sized Wreath, It's The End Of The World As We Know It and The Wake-Up Bomb enhanced the band's portfolio and many styles. With stage effects artistically spectacular - and as good as I had ever seen - fans were treated to a brilliant encore with Losing My Religion, Let Me In and Man On The Moon bringing the show to a tremendous finale. Although the stadium was not full, don't be surprised to see REM still topping the charts in years to come.