January 30, 2023

R.E.M. launched their debut EP Continual 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 night time.

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

The night time 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 a giant crew onstage to do a canopy of Huge Star’s “September Gurls” collectively. And, the cherry on prime: Proceeds of the present benefitted Deliberate Parenthood. Catch some fan-captured clips of the R.E.M. Continual City fortieth anniversary occasion beneath.

Don’t anticipate a full-blown R.E.M. reunion, nevertheless: Final 12 months, frontman Michael Stipe stated the band — who formally broke up in 2011 — would “by no means reunite.” Nevertheless, he and Mills lately 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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