Mike joined an all-star cast of musicians comprising Big Star Third as they paid tribute to the legendary Memphis band in Glendale, CA, this week. Click the link below for a recap and check out videos of performances of Big Star songs: Members of Wilco, R.E.M., and Yo La Tengo cover Big Star’s Third … Continued
Today is the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s much-loved performance on the venerable West Virginia-based radio program, Mountain Stage. Check out their story dedicated to the band’s set HERE.
Check out Mike’s interview with The Guardian on his love for Memphis legends Big Star: Read more…
Michael’s op-ed on a bill that would allow guns on campus in Georgia ran in Monday’s USA Today; here’s an excerpt just below (click the link to read the full article): Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will soon decide if Georgia colleges and universities will be forced to allow hidden, loaded handguns onto campuses across the … Continued
Michael says #VetoHB859
To play carnegie hall and radio city music hall is, in itself, a huge honor–they are incredible venues each with incredible histories. for carnegie in particular, i wanted the room to be the main instrument. its reverberation and energy is profoundly weighted and airy all at once—it can transform music into something holy— so … Continued
Michael was in Poughkeepsie, NY, yesterday where he had the honor of introducing Senator Bernie Sanders at a political rally for the Democratic presidential candidate (You can watch Michael’s speech in the clip below). Earlier in the week, Michael introduced the senator at a Coney Island rally. Watch Senator Sanders’ rousing speech in the main … Continued
In early 1991, the release of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” struck a generational nerve. The angst-driven message song from the band’s seventh studio album “Out of Time” explored self-doubt and unrequited love. The album not only was a commercial turning point for the alternative rock band but also paved the way for grunge rock’s bleaker … Continued
Diffuser looks back at R.E.M.’s debut album, MURMUR, the band’s follow-up to the CHRONIC TOWN ep, released on April 12, 1983: http://diffuser.fm/rem-murmur-anniversary/
Check out coverage of Michael’s introductory speech of Sen. Bernie Sanders at Coney Island in New York earlier today. Read more here. Picture by Mary Altaffer, Associated Press
A year ago today the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill hosted a screening of R.E..M By MTV as a benefit to honor Public Justice in honor of our friend and ally Vivian Connell— here’s to the anniversary of a very meaningful memory Vivian! http://www.catscradle.com/event/794515-rem-by-mtv-special-film-carrboro/
Tickets are on sale for Big Star’s Third – Live with Full Orchestra & Special Guests! on April 24 in #SanFrancisco at The Fillmore. Jody Stephens heads an all-star cast including Mike Mills of R.E.M, Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, and Chris Stamey of the dB’s. Guests for this concert include Pat Sansone (Wilco), Ira … Continued
Michael sang a staggeringly moving rendition of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” both nights of the tribute concerts in NYC this weekend. Accompanied by Paul Cantelon on piano and the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Karen Elson, Michael took the song “somewhere weird and yet ineffably sad” according to the Telegraph. Here’s the excerpt from the … Continued
Michael with Paul Cantelon and Karen Elson during the final run-through before the show at Carnegie Hall last night. Friday’s show at Radio City Music Hall will be available to stream athttp://musicofdavidbowie.com/ … proceeds from the concert benefit music and arts education.
Bertis sent this photo from the road of Michael and pianist Paul Cantelon rehearsing David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” at Carnegie Hall…