REM's Mike Mills says 'no reunion'
's breakup seemed fairly final but their fans have always hoped that it would be only for a short amount of time. The group's bassist, Mike Mills, has doused those hopes, telling Rolling Stone that it is not in the cards. "We said we're done and we're done. If we honestly thought there was a chance of a reunion tour, we might have said so at the time." REM
. broke up after the tour in support of their last album, Collapse Into Now. It wasn't discord. It wasn't conflicts of interest. The members just felt it was time. "The idea of breaking up and not reforming for a reunion tour is kind of attractive to us. I doubt you'll see us touring as R.E.M
. again. On the other hand, I just played with Peter [Buck] in New York City the other night, so fun things do happen." Also not in the cards, at least for now, are any archive releases of material outside of the 25th anniversary series and the next volume of that (Out of Time) won't be out for three years. More from VVN Music Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! REM
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Mike Mills: "There are zero plans" for an R.E.M. reunion
... Mike Mills has revealed that there are "zero plans" for an R.E.M
. reunion. Speaking to Rolling Stone ahead of the 25th anniversary re-release of the band's Green album, Mills admitted, "We said we're done and we're done. If we honestly thought there was a chance of a reunion tour, we might have said so at the time." R.E.M
. broke up in September 2011, six months after the release of their fifteenth studio album, Collapse Into Now. Mills continued, "It was time to break up. That's never really been done before. The idea of breaking up and not reforming for a reunion tour is kind of attractive to us. I doubt you'll see us touring as R.E.M
. again. On the other hand, I just played with Peter [Buck] in New York City the other night, so fun things do happen." "Absolutely nobody can predict the future," added Mills. "But right now, there are zero plans for an R.E.M
. reunion. Absolutely zero. But the future is a strange place. We could all be hit by a meteor tomorrow, but I would consider it highly unlikely." Mills also hinted that the band might engage with the possibility of launching a bootleg series in the future. "There may be something like that down the road," he says. "But it's not something we're thinking ... [ read more ]
R.E.M. Reflect on 'Green' on the Album's 25th Anniversary
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'Orange Crush (Live)' R.E.M
. were feeling a little restless when they began recording Green in early 1988. During the previous seven years, they'd gone from a completely unknown college rock band to genuine pop stars, even scoring a Top 10 hit with 1987's "The One I Love." The success of that song helped them land a great deal with Warner Bros, but they were determined to not merely repeat their past successes. "We didn't want to write traditional R.E.M
. songs," bassist Mike Mills tells Rolling Stone. "We were all about having fun and trying ... [ read more ]
Michael Stipe (vocals)
Peter Buck (guitar)
Mike Mills (bass)
Bill Berry (drums) 1980-1997
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Songwriting credits (and royalties) are shared equally regardless of who wrote the song. This is one reason they have been around so long, as many bands have broken up over who gets writing credits.
Stipe produced the 1999 movie Being John Malkovich. He is often mistaken for Malkovich.
R.E.M. did two MTV "Unplugged" specials. The first was in 1991, the second in 2001.
Stipe used to claim that he could predict earthquakes. He said he got a nasty headache a few days before they hit.
When the band was asked if REM stood for Rapid Eye Movement, they said, "REM stands for nothing, but will lie down for anything." (thanks, Kevin - Avon, OH)
Stipe had scarlet fever when he was 2.
Mills and Berry were in a lounge act with their high school music teacher. They would dress up and play at weddings and country clubs. But at least they could play. Stipe once explained: "When we started out, Buck couldn't really play the guitar and I couldn't sing. We were like a speed metal band when we started."
Stipe studied painting and photography at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, where the band formed. The band contributes a lot of money and time to keeping Athens beautiful. (thanks, Maria - Atlanta, GA)
They don't print lyrics with their albums. Stipe explained that fans often have better interpretations than the actual words.
Berry quit the band in 1997 after he suffered a near fatal brain aneurysm. He decided to take life at a slower pace and became a farmer. Every now and then he would play with R.E.M. at live shows. (thanks, scott - Bismarck, ND)
Stipe's sister, Linda, was in a band called Oh-OK with Matthew Sweet around the same time R.E.M. was forming. (thanks, Marvin - East Brady, PA)
After years of speculation, Michael Stipe finally admitted that he is a gay man. He did this in a story for The Advocate. (thanks, goddyss - detroit, MI)
Stipe and Natalie Merchant were a romantic couple in the late '80s when Natalie was lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs.
Mike Love of The Beach Boys
The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.
Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"
Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.
As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"
The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.