UPDATE 2: Looks like all members of R.E.M. (sans Bill Rieflin) are currently in Austin, TX for the SXSW festival – Michael Stipe is screening the 12 music videos/art films for Collapse Into Now, Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey are playing shows with The Baseball Project, and Mike Mills is not the one to miss the party, so he has followed his mates to Austin. Here is a funny recap of their yesterday’s show. happy

UPDATE: You can download the entire Kevn Kinney set (12 songs) from Southern Shelter!

As mentioned in our previous post, over the weekend, The Baseball Project played shows in Atlanta and Athens. As expected, they were joined by a host of friends, members of R.E.M.’s “extended family”.

The tour icebreaker show took place in Atlanta on 11 March – the same day when Michael Stipe hosted his video screening event in London. The venue where The Baseball Project played is small, it holds about 150 people and it’s standing room only, but a great little venue and bands love to play there. The opening act was Kevn Kinney, singer and acoustic guitar player from an Atlanta band Drivin n Cryin who hit big in the U.S. when R.E.M. released Green; Peter Buck produced Kevn Kinney’s first solo album Mac Dougal Blues). Peter played on every song, he primarily played mandolin, but also 12-string guitar and bass, while Scott McCaughey played the keyboards. Mike Mills joined them for Drivin n Cryin’s big hit called “Straight to Hell”; and then it turned into a jam session. After a 15-minute break The Baseball Project came on, with Mike Mills on keyboards for the entire set.

The next day, the entire extended family played in Athens. This show was a reunion of 3/4 of the original R.E.M. lineup (Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry!); furthermore, they were joined (among others) by John Keane whose studio has served as the band’s favourite workplace for many years. Our own Linda Somerville was in Athens for the entire weekend, and she sent her day-by-day diary, so without further ado, read it here! Linda also met up with my buddy Mark Rockwell and his wife, and Mark has kindly sent his own brief report too. Last but not least, both Linda and Mark took lots of photos at the gig, so enjoy!

Our friend Jordan Stepp aka Athens Music Junkie has also published her impressions, photos and videos from the gig, to be found here, and a few days beforehand she interviewed the awesome Scott McCaughey.

Finally, here you’ll find Steve Wynn’s own insider account on these events! Keep reading Steve’s diary, I’m sure he will be updating it constantly while the band’s on tour!

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13 Responses to “The Baseball Project Rocked Georgia! – UPDATE 2”

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  2. Ivana Says:

    Thank you so much Linda and Mark for the wonderful stories and photos! I’m so happy that you had such a great time in Athens!

    Oh and apologies for the delay in uploading these – my son’s got chicken pox, so I was a bit distracted. straight face

  3. Linda Says:

    Happy to share the story of my three day adventurewinking

    Oh dear, poor little boy. Benadryl and Calomine lotion is what got all three of mine through their bouts of chicken pox! Hope he feels better soon.big hug

  4. Ivana Says:

    If only he would stop scratching… his face is already a mess. sad

  5. Auctioneer Says:

    I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at these awesome pics, especially the last one on the third row. Coolest… Mike picture… EVER!!! big grin

    The amount of stuff you managed to cram into a three-day visit is extraordinary. The trestle, the 40 Watt… but did you see the tree that owns itself? tongue What a quirky town Athens is!

    Yours truly,

  6. Linda Says:

    I did indeed. Just didn’t get a picture of the tree. I also saw the double-barrelled cannon, but was en route, so didn’t stop to take the picture. I certainly had a full two and a half day triplaughing

  7. Linda Says:

    Thanks Ivana for the heads up on the full Kevn Kinney set. Just listening to it brought back the whole feeling of the show. Whooping it up on “Straight To Hell” was so much fun. There was much laughter, loud singing and just the love of performing.They all rocked the placerock on and we all sang alongbig grin

  8. Linda Says:

    BTW Auctioneer, I really only had 2 and a half days in Athens…the rest of the time was driving! 9 hours each waysleepy

  9. Kirsten Says:

    Pure awesomeness.
    Thanks Linda for the most fun to read diary and the great pics, thanks Mark for the great pics and report, thanks Jordan for the pics, videos, coverage and the interview with Scott (how do you always get the stars…?! You’re made of awesome!!), thanks Ivana for the great news post of it all here.
    Thank you all for sharing this with the world, t’was one of the most, if not THE most, awesome events of the last time, if I may say that! rock on

    Mark, how ’bout renaming yourself to Mark Rockville? It’s about time big grin

  10. Kirsten Says:

    BTW, here’s an audio bootleg of the concert: happy

  11. Mark Says:

    Kirsten…nice idea, but, I’m afraid my wife wouldn’t appreciate the implications of me taking on Ivana’s “last name” winking

    And with regards to Linda’s comment above about the loud singing and love of performing, she was right on. I remember watching Mills just totally put his whole heart and soul (perhaps not a good thing!) …eyes closed/clenched while screaming…into singing as loud and emphatically as possible about going to hell. It was a great show indeed.

  12. Jordan Says:

    You’re welcome Kristen. It was so so so much fun. big grin

  13. Kirsten Says:

    LOLZ about your depiction of Mike’s intense performance big grin rock on

    Hehe, and if your wife has anything against “Rockville” as a last name, you could tell her this:
    “Any similarity of this surname to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.”
    big grin

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