MICHAEL REFLECTS ON THE DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTES…


  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

FEEL THE BERN: MICHAEL INTRODUCES SENATOR SANDERS IN POUGHKEEPSIE (watch clip)


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

WSJ: Behind R.E.M.’s Hit “Losing My Religion:


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

MURMUR 33


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/

A Year Ago Today:  REMTV for Vivian Connell and Friends in Chapel Hill!


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/

BIG STAR’S “THIRD” ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO APRIL 24


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

The Telegraph: “Michael Stipe Steals the Show…” at Bowie Tribute


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

Watch Live Stream of David Bowie Tribute Concert


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.

Michael Rehearses at Carnegie Hall


Bertis sent this photo from the road of Michael and pianist Paul Cantelon rehearsing David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” at Carnegie Hall…

Mike To Join All-Star Cast Performing Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers in April


Mike will join members of Wilco, Yo La Tengo, and Kronos Quartet on 4/27 at the Alex Theater in Los Angeles to perform Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers with Jody Stephens. Other musicians performing include Mitch Easter of Let’s Active, Robyn Hitchcock, Semisonic’s Dan Wilson, Chris Stamey of the dB’s, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer (also of … Continued

Chris Bilheimer Profile


R.E.M.’s longtime art director is profiled in this video: The Story Behind the Reid

Peter Buck’s Rolling Stone Interview


R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck discusses the band’s extensive archive, his friendships with his fellow members and why he’s happy to be done with major labels.   On September 21st, 2011, singer Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills and guitarist Peter Buck of the Athens, Georgia–born rock group R.E.M. issued a statement on their website, declaring that they … Continued