Flashback to Vienna, 1995

Flashback to Vienna, 1995–R.E.M. good friend Klaus Hoffmann recalls some favorite moments: Today is the 22nd anniversary of R.E.M.’s first ever show in Austria at Happel Stadium, Vienna. It was a hot summer’s day with the Cranberries and Belly opening for the band. I did not see much of those two, but have vivid recollections of my … Continued

Live At The Olympia—A Personal Take from IndieWire a Few Years Ago

This week we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of R.E.M.’s Dublin residency at the Olympia Theatre in July of 2007. As you know by now, the shows were recorded and released a couple of years later as “Live at the Olympia” which we like to call “the best R.E.M. record you’ve never heard” as it … Continued

Video Clip: This Is Not A Show Explained

Rather than rehearsing in Athens, GA, R.E.M. invited an audience to 5 nights of live rehearsals midway through recording “Accelerate”. Here, Michael explains the concept of the live rehearsals. These live rehearsals took place in 2007 at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. June marks the 10th anniversary. Revisit the 2-CD, 1-DVD “Live At The … Continued

32 Years Ago: The Longest Day

Thirty two years ago today, soundcheck for The Longest Day (thanks The R.E.M. Timeline): R.E.M. first met the band from Dublin who became their lifelong friends: it was soundcheck for The Longest Day, June 22nd was the show— at Milton Keynes Bowl in England. The rest, as they say, was history and tonight U2 is celebrating … Continued

Sun Station Vadso Festival: June 22-24

Sun Station Vadsø, the coolest tiny festival, deep in the Arctic Circle, June 22-24 in midsummer Northern Norway. Peter, Mike, Scott and other luminaries assemble under the midnight sun. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/icestationvadso/

Michael Gives Talk With Douglas Coupland at Denmark’s Heartland Festival

At the Heartland Festival in Copenhagen, DK, this week, Michael Stipe and Douglas Coupland discussed the importance of ego (s) in, for example, art, literature, public debate, parenting, media, political culture and reality TV. They asked, among other things, how self-portraits became selfies, what people would look for reality TV, how the self turned into … Continued

Peter & Mike to Play Sun Station Vadso in June

Peter, Mike, & Scott McCaughey will be in Norway this summer–June 23 & 24–for Sun Station Vadso. The two-day concert features a great lineup with The Baseball Project, Filthy Friends, The Minus 5, and The Dream Syndicate. Learn more at Ice Station Vadsø.

Michael’s PSA Included on “Hugs For Chelsea”

Michael has contributed a PSA to “Hugs for Chelsea,” the benefit album for Chelsea Manning featuring songs by Thurston Moore, Tom Morello, Graham Nash, Ted Leo, and Kimya Dawson. Click link below to show your support…   https://hugsforchelsea.bandcamp.com/album/hugs-for-chelsea-benefit-for-chelsea-manning