Following the break-up of R.E.M. last year, frontman Michael Stipe was quick to say he had no intentions of making a solo album — but that doesn’t appear to be the case for guitarist Peter Buck. Longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey broke the news this week to KIRO 97.3 radio show Seattle Sounds, saying he’s helping Buck on the project.
McCaughey, who also plays with Buck in The Minus 5, The Baseball Project and Robyn Hitchcock’s Venus 3, among other bands, described the music as pretty “out,” according to Seattle Weekly. He said it’s possible Buck will sing on the album — but not in concert — and is considering putting the record out only on vinyl, with no digital download options.
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