R.E.M. Members Reunite
... (Gibson) There was a partial reunion of R.E.M
. last week when drummer Bill Berry and bass player Mike Mills joined guitarist Peter Buck on stage during one of his solo shows at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The former bandmates performed R.E.M.'s
1984 track "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville." According to reports, former frontman Michael Stipe was in the audience too. So if he happened to be singing along, a case could be made that R.E.M
. performed together, right? Right? R.E.M
. called it quits following the release of the album Collapse Into Now in 2011, an album which they chose not to tour for. ... [ read more ]
Three Members of R.E.M. Perform at Athens 40 Watt Club
... Tweet R.E.M
. may not be reuniting, but three of its members did to perform a song at Athens, Georgia's 40 Watt Club on November 14th. Bassist Mike Mills, drummer Bill Berry and guitarist Peter Buck performed alongside each other despite having disbanded their mutual group R.E.M
. in 2011. The trio performed one of the classics from their catalog, "(Don't Go Back) To Rockville." According to an audience member, the lead vocalist Michael Stipe was in the audience, but did not perform with the group. R.E.M
. has denied any form of reunion in the works, though at Buck's wedding, every member performed, ... [ read more ]
Watch: 3/4 of R.E.M reunite on stage at Georgia gig
... Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry were all seen together at GA's 40 Watt Club in Athens. However, as most took to the stage to perform '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville', Michael Stipe chose not to join his fellow former bandmates on stage. Since their split two years ago, R.E.M
vowed that they would never reunite, and although last night's performance wasn't 100% complete, it's close enough.Watch the footage of the band's performance, below: It's unsure as to whether or not this was just a one-off performance or if the band have something further to announce, but it looks like fans will be waiting a while before the full band perform together once again. Below: Back in the good old days - REM
, live at Twickenham Stadium Watch: 3/4 of R.E.M
reunite on stage at Georgia gig ... [ 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)
Michael Stipe has discussed his sexuality from time to time, but prefers not to. In a 2001 Time magazine story, he said he had been in a relationship with a man for the last three years. Ten years later, he told The Observer, "I definitely prefer men to women."
Stipe and Natalie Merchant were a romantic couple in the late '80s when Natalie was lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs.
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