Photo via cartwhispherer
There very well could have been a full-fledged R.E.M. reunion in Portland, Ore., on Saturday night as all four members of the defunct college-rock superstars — Bill Berry included — performed after Peter Buck’s wedding. But, by all appearances, they managed to avoid such headlines, just barely, by not actually sharing the stage together at any point.
As the R.E.M. Timeline reports on its Facebook page, Buck on Saturday married his fiancee Chloe Johnson in Portland, an event that, not surprisingly, brought together all four members of R.E.M. Based on photos and video tweeted from the reception, all four former bandmates, including Berry, who retired from music in 1997, performed at one time or another in various combinations, but, it would seem, never all at once. Other performers at the reception included Joseph Arthur and The Decemberists.
R.E.M. has been known to reunite as a wedding band in the past, with all four members playing together in 2005 at the reception following the nuptials of one of the band’s guitar techs. But it appears the four former bandmates decided to avoid a headline-making reunion this past weekend, especially just two weeks after Mike Mills told Rolling Stone that there are “zero plans for a reunion.”
Ethan Kaplan, who runs the Murmurs.com fansite and worked closely with the band, shared this Vine of what he labeled “3/4 of R.E.M.” The video show Mills, Buck and Berry, along with onetime R.E.M. sidemen Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin, performing “Near Wild Heaven.”
Below you can see more photos of Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe performing in assorted combinations.
Bill Berry and Bill Rieflin | Photo via davedepper
Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck and Michael Stipe | Photo via ethank
Bill Berry on drums | Photo via ethank
Michael Stipe | Photo via cartwhispherer
Joseph Arthur and Bill Berry | Photo via joseph_arthur
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