Video: R.E.M.’s Peter Buck debuts solo band Richard M. Nixon in Seattle — watch full set

Last night in Seattle, former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck played his first-ever solo show — after conducting, as he noted from the stage, his first-ever solo soundcheck — he debuted his new backing band Richard M. Nixon as the opening act for the first of two Young Fresh Fellows album-release shows at The Sunset.

Buck and his new band — featuring ex-R.E.M. sidemen Scott McCaughey, who fronts the headliners, and Bill Rieflin, a onetime Ministry drummer — played a nine song set previewing his forthcoming, vinyl-only solo LP (including a performance of the one track that has been released so far, “10 Million BC”). Thanks to YouTube uploader OllieOllie55, you can watch the full set, plus the one-song soundcheck, below.

And, as you’ll see, it’s the debut of Buck on lead vocals.

Richard M. Nixon will open for Young Fresh Fellows again tonight at The Sunset.

 

Setlist: Richard M. Nixon, The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

Soundcheck: “Johnny”

1. “Johnny”
2. “Alright”
3. “Wig”
4. “New Song”
5. “10 Million BC”
6. “Vaso”
7. “Hard Old”
8. “Outta the House”
9. “Alive”

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Johnny” (Soundcheck), The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Johnny,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Alright,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Wig,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “New Song,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “10 Million BC,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Vaso,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Hard Old,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Outta the House,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

VIDEO: Richard M. Nixton, “Alive,” The Sunset, Seattle, WA, 9/21/12

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Spica

    Honestly, Mike Mills was the R.E.M. member I most wanted to see put out a solo album.

     
  • gonzax

    well, he can’t sing, I think that is pretty obvious.

     
    • Nancy Curry

      His voice and the music are utterly suited. This is not pop. Maybe you need to change the dial.

       
  • lotus

    Note: That would be Mr. Kurt Bloch of Seattle’s legendary Fastbacks on second guitar.

     
  • No REM covers? Lame. REM really should have done one more farewell concert last year, to just say it’s over with no tour or anything was a big F.U. to the fans.

     
    • Tim Barlow

      Of course there weren’t any REM covers. After all this time do you not see they’re not crowd-pleasing, nostalgia-oriented Showbiz-types? That said, this is shite. And no amount of dial-changing alters the fact that Buck can’t sing, not even in an ironic, Beat Farmers comedy-growl-type way. Bring on that Mike Mills solo project!

       
  • Nancy Curry

    @ gonzaxHis voice and the music are utterly suited. This is not pop. Maybe you need to change the dial.

     
  • Tim Tompkins

    I’ve seen a couple of Peter Bucks projects. Great to see him singing! Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see a small tour out of this :) Sounds great

     
 

 

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