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Michael Stipe Reflects on 'Stunning' Bowie Tribute Concerts

April 15, 2016

Michael Stipe recently took part in a pair of David Bowie tribute concerts – held March 31st and April 1st at New York's Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, respectively – where he performed a haunting version of the late musician's...

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Wilco, R.E.M. Members Team for Big Star Tribute Concert

March 28, 2016

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, Jessica Pratt and more will come together April 27th to perform Big Star's classic Third/Sister Lovers in its entirety at Los Angeles' Alex Theatre. The Big Star Live...

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Michael Stipe to Perform on 'Tonight Show'

March 26, 2016

Michael Stipe will make his most high-profile solo appearance since the dissolution of R.E.M. when the singer performs on the March 29th episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The show's official website confirms that Stipe will...

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The Making of R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' Video

March 11, 2016

Twenty-five years ago, R.E.M. released Out of Time, which eventually sold over four million copies in the United States and transformed longtime college radio darlings into a mainstream concern. It was the album's first single "Losing My Religion"...

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Peter Buck's Paradise: R.E.M. Guitarist's Mexican Fest

January 29, 2016

"That PA was in my closet at 3:30," Peter Buck says, pointing at a pair of speakers in the open-air courtyard at La Morena, a bar on the main street of Todos Santos, a small town at the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. "The one they brought...

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Peter Buck on Life After R.E.M.: 'I Hate the Business'

March 14, 2016

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 were "calling it a day as a band." Founded in...

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Michael Stipe on Why Bernie Sanders Should be President

February 25, 2016

Michael Stipe first heard about Bernie Sanders after the then-Vermont representative voted against the Patriot Act, shortly after 9/11. "I became aware of his 'outsider-insider' position in Congress," Stipe tells Rolling Stone in an email....

2015

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Flashback: Neil Young Joins R.E.M. On 'Country Feedback'

December 1, 2015

R.E.M. and Neil Young are both prolific collaborators, so when the alt-rock stars played an acoustic set at Young's annual benefit concert for Northern California's Bridge School in 1998, it was inevitable that they would end up onstage together. What...

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Michael Stipe 'Learns How to Talk' in R.E.M. DVD Extra

May 13, 2015

When former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe watched the documentary R.E.M. by MTV, which is coming to movie theaters next week, one thing stood out to him about himself. "I realized [that] part of who I am now is that I came from a place of being paralyzingly...

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See First Aid Kit Cover R.E.M. With Peter Buck

January 16, 2015

On the heels of Thursday's revelation of the 2015 Oscar nominations, First Aid Kit have released a new video for the song they contributed to an Academy-recognized film. The Swedish folk duo cover R.E.M.'s "Walk Unafraid" on the soundtrack for Wild, the...

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R.E.M. to Pols: 'Go F--k Yourselves' for Using Our Music

September 9, 2015

Hours after Survivor co-founder Frankie Sullivan chastised Mike Huckabee for an unauthorized use of the band's "Eye of the Tiger" at a campaign rally, R.E.M. issued a public rebuke against politicians who use their music without permission. "Go...

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'R.E.M. by MTV' Doc Coming to DVD, Movie Theaters

April 22, 2015

The R.E.M. documentary R.E.M. by MTV will head to Blu-ray and DVD on June 2nd, and to mark the occasion, Fathom Events will bring the film to movie theaters for one night only May 19th. The Alexander Young-directed film charts both the rise of R.E.M....

2014

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Michael Stipe Performs R.E.M. Songs as Surprise Opening Act

December 30, 2014

In an interview with CBS This Morning in early-December, Michael Stipe proclaimed, "I think I'll sing again." Stipe had only made a few appearances behind the microphone since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, but at Patti Smith's concert at New York's...

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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills: "We Never Planned on Hits"

December 10, 2014

In the three years since R.E.M.'s amicable split, the band has allowed itself an occasional moment of nostalgia, but this year has brought the most activity from the group yet: the Record Store Day set Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions followed...

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Michael Stipe: Coming Out Made Me a Better Person

October 28, 2014

Michael Stipe came out, identifying himself as "queer," two decades ago last month. Now, in an article for The Guardian, the former R.E.M. singer has reflected on the positivity that he has felt since making his announcement as well as the way attitudes...

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See Carrie Underwood Cover R.E.M.'s 'Everybody Hurts'

September 30, 2014

Country artists interpreting pop and classic-rock songs is nothing new. Jason Aldean has regularly covered Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" in concert, and just last night on the iHeartRadio Music Festival broadcast, Zac Brown Band played Queen's opus...

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Michael Stipe: 'I Think I Will Sing Again'

December 13, 2014

It's been a long time since fans have heard Michael Stipe sing. After R.E.M. split up in 2011 following the release of Collapse Into Now, Stipe has remained largely away from the microphone, only singing on a sea shanty with Courtney Love for...

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Why Are R.E.M. Trying to Save a Church Steeple?

November 3, 2014

Alternative rock legends R.E.M. played their first show on April 5th, 1980 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia – one destination on Rolling Stone's list of Music Landmark Attractions. But the building was demolished in 1990 to...

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See R.E.M. Grow Up in 'R.E.M. by MTV' Documentary Trailer

October 21, 2014

Alt-rock icons R.E.M. formed in 1980; a year later, MTV made its inaugural broadcast and soon began reporting on the Athens, Georgia-based group's career. Now, a new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. by MTV, compiles decades of footage that the network...

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Springsteen, Vedder Con Artist Sentenced to Four Years

July 28, 2014

Portland alt-country musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding over 30 investors out of $586,000 by vowing to hold a concert and release a compilation album benefitting the West Memphis Three (who were infamously...

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