Rather than rehearsing in Athens, GA, R.E.M. invited an audience to 5 nights of live rehearsals midway through recording “Accelerate”. Here, Michael explains the concept of the live rehearsals. These live rehearsals took place in 2007 at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. June marks the 10th anniversary. Revisit the 2-CD, 1-DVD “Live At The … Continued
Thirty two years ago today, soundcheck for The Longest Day (thanks The R.E.M. Timeline): R.E.M. first met the band from Dublin who became their lifelong friends: it was soundcheck for The Longest Day, June 22nd was the show— at Milton Keynes Bowl in England. The rest, as they say, was history and tonight U2 is celebrating … Continued
“Peter Buck knew he wanted to be in a band with Corin Tucker from the first time he saw Sleater-Kinney play to an empty room in 1997. “It was the day that Princess Diana died,” the former R.E.M. guitarist says. “I remember thinking, ‘Where did these people come from?’ It was a totally unique take on what punk rock was.” … Continued
“We used to end the set with “Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)” before the encore back in like ’81, so we never really worried about editing it…it just goes on and on.” -Peter Buck #REMLiveAtTheOlympia10 Watch: https://youtu.be/ErdDdjSVk-E
Sun Station Vadsø, the coolest tiny festival, deep in the Arctic Circle, June 22-24 in midsummer Northern Norway. Peter, Mike, Scott and other luminaries assemble under the midnight sun. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/icestationvadso/
At the Heartland Festival in Copenhagen, DK, this week, Michael Stipe and Douglas Coupland discussed the importance of ego (s) in, for example, art, literature, public debate, parenting, media, political culture and reality TV. They asked, among other things, how self-portraits became selfies, what people would look for reality TV, how the self turned into … Continued
On June 5, 1992 OUT OF TIME reached 4-times Multi-Platinum status with sales of 4,000,000 in the USA.
R.E.M. was one of America’s best bands – not just in the sense that the college rockers were from the U.S., but that they wrote and recorded a lot of songs about the country, its history, its future and its struggles. As such, some of the band’s songs make a great guide to America, which … Continued
Peter, Mike, & Scott McCaughey will be in Norway this summer–June 23 & 24–for Sun Station Vadso. The two-day concert features a great lineup with The Baseball Project, Filthy Friends, The Minus 5, and The Dream Syndicate. Learn more at Ice Station Vadsø.
Michael has contributed a PSA to “Hugs for Chelsea,” the benefit album for Chelsea Manning featuring songs by Thurston Moore, Tom Morello, Graham Nash, Ted Leo, and Kimya Dawson. Click link below to show your support… https://hugsforchelsea.bandcamp.com/album/hugs-for-chelsea-benefit-for-chelsea-manning
Michael posted a video clip today announcing an album that will be released to benefit Chelsea Manning who will be released from prison this week.
Michael is on the cover of the latest issue of Replica MAN Magazine. Pick up your copy today…
From CBS News: For decades, the city of Athens has set the stage for some of the biggest bands in the world, helping to launch the B 52’s, R.E.M. and The Black Crowes. The music scene has been a driving force in the local economy for generations.
Ever since the sadness of the end of the Bruce Hampton 70 show, we have been stymied about posting something to honor his life and memory. Thanks to our friend Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner (one of our favorite sites), with some help from Peter Buck, here is a beautiful tribute— enjoy.
From Rollingstone.com: In a new video compilation, Flea, Michael Stipe and Patti Smith praised the thousands of protestors who participated in the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. on April 29th.