07 July 2010
It’s good to know that R.E.M. are not only working hard in Berlin, trying to finish their eagerly awaited 15th album, but also having fun and supporting their friends who happen to play gigs in the city. Last week Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey performed with Pearl Jam at Wuldeheide Park, and on Monday, the entire band (yeah, all five of them – Peter, Scott, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Bill Rieflin!) joined Patti Smith onstage at Zitadelle. R.E.M.’s manager Bertis Downs has sent a report, plus several photos and a video clip, so head over to REMhq now. Even better, our own Karin was at the concert, so hopefully she will send us some photos and her report soon!
Also, I’ve been scanning my collection of magazines and books systematically, so next up is the fabulous Q Magazine! As a starter, I have scanned features from two issues: one is from 1992, when the band were at the peak of their creative and commercial power, collecting accolades for Out Of Time and getting ready to release Automatic For The People. As was customary at the time, Peter and Mike did most of the talking, but the feature captured the entire band in great mood. Fast forward 16 years, it is April 2008, R.E.M. grace the cover of Q and reflect on a very difficult decade behind them. They honestly assess their ups and downs, both professional and personal. Now, the journalist seems determined to tell the rise-and-fall, gloom-and-doom, skeletons-in-the-closet kind of story, so he asks the trio of Peter and two Michaels the same stupid questions, desperate to squeeze some juicy gossip out of them. Fortunately the trio are way too interview-savvy to be tricked into this, and the fact that the text is accompanied with some great photos makes it more tolerable. So, click on the snazzy thumbnail and read away!