Late one night, 42 years ago today, first time as R.E.M. Fun to write this up this morning-- Yes, memory fades, but these are still pretty clear... 42 years ago, wow! [from the R.E.M. HQ Facebook page] This morning, a friend sent me a reference to the first time R.E.M. ever played as R.E.M., on … Continue reading R.E.M. Koffee Klub, 1:45 PM, Clayton Street downtown Athens GA
(this part written late on 4/4/20): April 5, 2020, 40 years since R.E.M. played their first show-- no band name yet, hadn't decided yet, at Kathleen O'Brien's birthday party at the old St Mary's church in Athens GA on Oconee Street on the way down the hill toward the river. I wasn't there-- even then … Continue reading April 5th is a very special day to lots of people, 1980 – 2020 . . .
Sad news on Tuesday in Seattle, Athens and around the world wherever anyone was lucky enough to know Bill Rieflin. I adored him as an extraordinary musician, a complete gentleman and a gentle soul. And a true friend to his fellow travelers. Bill was a lifer, an accomplished musician known for his work with Ministry, … Continue reading Remembering Bill Rieflin, 1960-2020
Thirty two years ago today, soundcheck for The Longest Day (thanks The R.E.M. Timeline): For the rest, please go here.
Well here we are in the years— this was the story from 24 years ago, dateline Washington DC in a different time— the one and only appearance of Automatic Baby, Larry and Adam of U2 with Mike and Michael of R.E.M. For the rest, please go here.