Birthday wishes to the man behind the drum kit… Mr. William T. Berry.
MTV Unplugged (1991) is scheduled to air on the all-new MTV Classic at 7pm EDT on Monday (August 1st) and R.E.M. by MTV on Wednesday August 10th at 7:30pm. This should be good so check it out!
Competition time! We’ve got 5 fan bundles to give away that include the entire R.E.M. catalogue on CD & exclusive merchandise. To be in with a chance of winning sign up to our mailing list here: https://REM.lnk.to/competition
This morning Bertis found himself in London after a family trip in Europe: a great Saturday morning, driving through Trafalgar Square in a cab with my family, remembering this magical rainy night here c 2001, then pulling up the film of it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SCaOz3Q-4w A short set of seven songs in a driving rain, today’s college … Continued
Mike Mills, Linda Pitmon, Steve Wynn, and Scott McCaughey will hit the road later this month to play dates as the Baseball Project. Be sure to check them out in your area. More info here: http://thebaseballproject.net/
Thanks to Chris Hartsonge of the formidable The R.E.M. Timeline empire who found this press clip from late 1981 when, believe it or not, R.E.M. was slated to support U2 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN. Well, the show never happened as our guys were bumped for some reason, a good one we are sure, … Continued
When R.E.M. played twice in one day— Live 8 at Hyde Park in London mid-afternoon, then about 7 hours and a quick flight later at the St Gallen Festival in Switzerland. Definitely one of the more memorable days ever— from U2 and Paul McCartney opening the Live 8 proceedings with Sgt Peppers, to a rocking … Continued
Vintage photo of the band by Terry Allen taken at the UGA Art School in 1980
Peter & Kurt Bloch hanging with old pal tony Clifton who imparted some life lessons at the Burger Boogaloo Festival in San Francisco Saturday.
It was a very fun and musical night in downtown Toronto at the stately Roy Thomson Hall as Mike Mills premiered his Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and String Orchestra with the help of his old friend, the magnificent Robert McDuffie, plus his newly constituted band of Athens friends and pros William Tonks, Patrick Ferguson … Continued
The musicians thst make it all happen here in TO: Robert McDuffie, TSO Conductor Peter Oundjian and of course Mike Mills whose Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and String Orchestra premieres tonight at 10 o’clock at Roy Thomson Hall. Coming soon to a venue near you! Stay tuned…
Taking you back . . . Bill Berry talks music, politics and much much more in this early interview from Australia 27 years ago . . .
Robert McDuffie, Peter Oundjian and Mike Mills. The night before the premiere of the concerto in Toronto! Stay tuned for updates before, during, and after the show… photo by Bertis
Athens GA: Mike Mills and his lifelong friend Robert McDuffie: after dinner after rehearsal for the upcoming premiere of Concerto for Rock Band, Classical Violin and String Orchestra coming up Friday night in Toronto: https://www.tso.ca/concert/late-night-beethoven-rems-mike-mills Photo by Bertis
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra goes Late Night! Experience two highly innovative performances: Beethoven’s mighty “Eroica” Symphony, a groundbreaking orchestral touchstone; and the World Première of a new concerto for electric violin by Mike Mills, founding member of R.E.M., featuring eminent guest violinist Robert McDuffie. Don’t miss The Massey Hall Band in a free pre-concert performance … Continued