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
Last night’s OXEGEN at Punchestown Racetrack near Dublin was one of the best festival shows I have ever seen R.E.M. play. Read more here
Well, what a week it has been: last Thursday the band was assembling for the rehearsals for the Rehearsals (which are NOT a show in case you hadn't heard); this Thursday, they are playing their final of five nights that have been beyond anyone's expectations. For the rest, please go here.
A few random Dublin memories from over the years, on my first day here this time: Our first time here was 1984, the band’s second tour of Europe, back in the Reckoning days when that meant a few club shows where they could be arranged. SFX was the hall, and many Dublin friends over the … Continue reading Bertis Reports from Dublin – 2007
In some ways, this entire tour, comprising 99 shows so far (since last October), has seemed like a succession of highlights some tremendous shows, wonderful places to visit, friends new and old. To me, this feels like the best R.E.M. tour ever in so many ways... For the rest, please go here.