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THE MINUS 5 FILE: FINAL REPORT FROM GIJON


Bill Rieflin’s Final Report from Spain:
Sunday, 20 November, 2005. 2:51 PM

Once more, here we are, sitt now careens on the serpentine mountain road that takes us from Gijon to Madrid. Last night was the 5th and final night of the Minus 5 World Tour of Spain, 2005.

Once more,

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MINUS FIVE UPDATE FROM THE ROAD


Report From Spain, Part II, by Bill Rieflin:

Friday, 18 November, 2005. 1:25 PM

We left the hotel about 11:30, all stocked up with water and assorted munchies. Today we drive from Barcelona to Durango – a six hour drive, just like yesterday. Our Spanish hosts are in the front

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PETER/MINUS FIVE TAKE SPAIN BY STORM


The Minus Five are in Spain for five shows this month, and, as usual, we have the photos and setlists to prove it.

“The Five’s” starting lineup is Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Bill Rieflin, and John Ramberg, Stay tuned for reports as we get them.

MINUS FIVE IN SPAIN

-Nov Tuesday 15th,

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PETER JOINS FRIPP & RIEFLIN TONIGHT IN SEATTLE FOR A NIGHT OF IMPROV


Peter has been recording tracks for a potential album with Bill Rieflin and Robert Fripp in Seattle at Jupiter Studios. HQ received photos and an update today from Brian Orloff who describes the music as “Sonic Architecture…very spacey and atmospheric.”

The band, which in addition to Peter, Rieflin, and Fripp, includes

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THE LUNCHBOX LOWDOWN


I chose a random assortment of images that I thought would appeal
universally, and included 4 small magnets so whoever got it could swap the
pics out on their refrigerator…it included 3 never before seen shots, one
of a building detail in dresden, one of the paris metro florescent lights,
and one a self

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R.E.M. PLAY SURPRISE SHOW IN ATHENS!


The band put together an impromptu performance tonight in Athens at R.E.M guitar tech Dewitt Burton’s wedding reception. Roughly three-hundred people packed into a tiny arcade room at the bowling alley where the reception was held as Peter, Michael, Mike, and Bill Berry ripped through a scorching seven-song set

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R.E.M. NOMINATED FOR UK FESTIVAL AWARD


R.E.M has received a nomination for the Best Festival Headliner in this year’s UK Festival Awards. The awards, initially launched in October 2004, will be voted for online by the general public here over a three week period from Monday, October 17th through November 7th.

The 2005 UK

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MICHAEL JOINS COLDPLAY IN ATLANTA


Michael joined Chris Martin of Coldplay on stage in Atlanta last night during the UK band’s performance at Phillip’s Arena. The duo performed R.E.M.’s Nightswimming in front of a packed audience who gave Michael a rousing reception before and after the song.

Read more:
NME.com

Gigwise.com

ITN.co.uk

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MICHAEL-PRODUCED C-00 FILM JOHNNY BERLIN OPENS AT NYTV FESTIVAL


Michael has co-produced a new flim for C-Hundred Film Corp called Johnny Berlin (Black Shoe Films). The film, directed by Dominic DeJoseph (director of R.E.M.’s “Bittersweet Me” video), will play in the documentary category at the brand new NYTV Festival this Friday, September 30th. Other producers include Jim McKay (co-executive

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LONDONIST INTERVIEWS BERTIS


A few weeks after the tour, Bertis spoke with Mark Merrifield of the Londonist.com about a variety of subjects including the tour, Hyde Park, and some of his favorite places to visit in London. The interview with Bertis is featured on their website today. Read the excerpt below and

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STRINGS TO TOUR WITH POSIES


Non-stop rocker, Ken Stringfellow, will hit the road soon with his band The Posies in support of their latest release. According to Ken, “The Posies are on the move in support of our new album, ‘Every Kind of Light’ released by Rykodisc this year. Chances are we are coming

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MICHAEL’S HEAD SPINS


Michael’s head has made Spin Magazine’s “25 Most Incredible” rock star body parts according to yahoo.com which reports that the magazine “has built a veritable rock star Frankenstein, composed of Michael Stipe’s skull, Elvis Presley’s pelvis and Madonna’s bellybutton.”

According to the report, in addition to building the most

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POSTCARD FROM THE OLD HOMETOWN


Some home, some still traveling… all adjusting to life of calm after months/years of what is also known as a touring cycle. After all this time of prescribed movement, and knowing exactly where we would be/what we would be doing months in advance, it

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ATHENS REWINDS AS ALBUM COVERS SHINE


Athens’ Lyndon House Arts Center has an exhibit running through August 6th called “Headspinning: Inspiration from the Canvas to the Album Cover” which showcases some of the amazing art and album covers that have come out of Athens since 1980. The exhibit includes work by R.E.M.’s art man Chris

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POSTCARD FROM HOME


�great to be back in the office after a long cycle of travel and touring, although somewhat overwhelmed by the avalanche of items greeting me, even in this digital age.

Impossible to summarize adequately the trip, but I tried to on a plane recently�

We are finished with it now, the