Dolores O’Riordan

  “We are all saddened to hear the news. Dolores was a brilliant and generous spirit with a quick humor and a stunning voice. Our love to the band and to her family and fans.” -Michael Stipe & the whole of R.E.M. and REMHQ

NYC Divests From Fossil Fuels

WOW! New York City just announced it’s divesting its $191 billion pension funds from fossil fuels. On top of that, they’re filing a lawsuit against top fossil fuel companies for damages caused by climate change! The tide is turning–this is what people power can do. It’s up to all of us to fight for similar … Continued

Brooklyn Vegan Recaps Help The Hoople Action

The benefit concerts for the amazingly talented and resilient Scott McCaughey took place in Portland over the weekend, and as we expected there were plenty of fireworks and notable moments including appearances by Scott himself (woo-hoo!) and R.E.M.’s legendary drummer, Bill Berry, who took the stage with Mike and Peter for a few songs. Brooklyn … Continued

Still Time to Bid on R.E.M. Memorabilia to Benefit Scott McCaughey

Help the Hoople Update: Still time to bid on the two remaining R.E.M. items in the Help the Hoople online auction to benefit Scott McCaughey, but you’ll need to act fast. Less than 24 hours to go on the the rare autographed READ poster from 1990 (pictured). The window to bid on Peter’s prized Prada … Continued

Rare and unique Rickenbacker: Auction Item for Help The Hoople (Scott McCaughey)

My Jet-Glo 360 Rickenbacker guitar is being auctioned here, ( proceeds going to Scott McCaughey. The auction for this item ends tomorrow (Saturday) night at 11:20 pm Eastern. So act now— this is the only guitar ever sold that was actually played regularly in the studio and stage by R.E.M., and it is signed by all four members of R.E.M.— Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe. This is one of only five handmade versions of my personal Rickenbacker guitar, and I won’t be selling any other R.E.M. guitars during my lifetime— and I plan on signing no autographs in the afterworld, which I expect to see in approximately eighty years.

Rare Jet-Glo Rickenbacker Electric Guitar Signed by Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe Up for Auction to Benefit Scott McCaughey

Bid on this extremely rare, first ever, exclusive offering, and the definition of a limited edition. The band is donating the proceeds of this sale to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a 50(C)3 non-profit, to help support the JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Fund, a program dedicated to assist individual musicians, or their dependents, when faced with a medical … Continued

HELP THE HOOPLE: A Benefit for Scott McCaughey in Portland, Jan. 5th-6th

As many of you know, our dear friend Scott McCaughey suffered a major stroke on November 16 while touring with Alejandro Escovedo. Scott is back home in Portland with his family and friends where he’ll begin rehabilitation on the road to recovery.

To help raise money for Scott’s recovery, a two-night concert event and online auction of one of a kind items. has been put together. 100% of the money raised will go to Scott to help out with medical and rehabilitation expenses.

“Help The Hoople” is two nights of incredible music, featuring a stellar lineup of musicians and friends of Scott’s.

Listen to Ken Sweeney’s Documentary: R.E.M.: Out of Athens

Ken Sweeney’s stellar rockumentary R.E.M.: Out of Athens will air on RTE Radio 1 at 2pm on December 28, but you can hear it now on Soundcloud. Interviews with Mike and Michael, Bertis, producers Mitch Easter and Joe Boyd, Michael Lachowski of Pylon, members of the 10,000 Maniacs, and Paul Butchart of The Side Effects … Continued