It was a very fun and musical night in downtown Toronto at the stately Roy Thomson Hall as Mike Mills premiered his Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and String Orchestra with the help of his old friend, the magnificent Robert McDuffie, plus his newly constituted band of Athens friends and pros William Tonks, Patrick Ferguson … Continue reading Late night TO with Mike Mills, Robert McDuffie and Lots of Friends -2016
August 11, 1995: It was twenty years ago today: the third time really was a charm. After postponements occasioned by Bill’s brain surgery in March and Mike’s gut surgery in July, R.E.M. FINALLY got to play their show in Prague (although Michael was not exactly feeling fine during the show); one of my favorite photographs … Continue reading August 11, 1995: Third Time’s the Charm in Prague
t was twenty years ago today: R.E.M.’s only show ever in Israel. Security was tight. First time for that kind of stuff for us. Mike and Peter had been to Israel three years earlier for promo for Automatic. They’d visited the Dead Sea. We saw a Ben and Jerry’s on the beach and thought that … Continue reading A Look Back at Tel Aviv (1995)
…is finding long-lost gems like this chestnut, one of the great, way underrated R.E.M. songs and one that extended our tradition of putting wonderful songs in films that, uh, didn’t pan out all that brilliantly For the rest, please go here.
Having seen Big Star THIRD a few times now, I can safely say it has probably never been performed more brilliantly than Saturday night in downtown Athens. For the rest, please go here.