R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills Reunite at fortieth Anniversary Gig

R.E.M. launched their debut EP Persistent City a whopping 40 years in the past, and in celebration of the anniversary, a star-studded lineup of musicians and followers convened within the band’s Athens, Georgia hometown for a tribute occasion final evening.

Hosted by comic David Cross, many of the evening consisted of R.E.M. members Peter Buck and Mike Mills taking part in with a home band, which itself included Black Crowes’ Wealthy Robinson and Sven Pipien, in addition to Screaming Timber’ Barrett Martin on drums.

The evening additionally boasted tribute performances from the likes of Fred Armisen, Hootie and the Blowfish’s Darius Rucker, Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye, Indigo Women, Robinson’s son Quinn, Drivin N Cryin’s Kevn Kinney, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris, and Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins.

The present’s finale introduced an enormous crew onstage to do a canopy of Large Star’s “September Gurls” collectively. And, the cherry on high: Proceeds of the present benefitted Deliberate Parenthood. Catch some fan-captured clips of the R.E.M. Persistent City fortieth anniversary occasion beneath.

Don’t anticipate a full-blown R.E.M. reunion, nevertheless: Final 12 months, frontman Michael Stipe mentioned the band — who formally broke up in 2011 — would “by no means reunite.” Nonetheless, he and Mills not too long ago chatted with Consequence’s Kyle Meredith about their 1996 album New Adventures in Hello-Fi in honor of its twenty fifth anniversary.


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