Some of R.E.M.

Photo via Tommy Warren / ‏@bigwheat

In what’s becoming a semi-regular occurrence, the former members of R.E.M. came within spitting distance of a full-blown reunion in the band’s hometown of Athens, Ga., tonight as Mike Mills and Bill Berry joined Peter Buck onstage at the 40 Watt Club to perform their 1984 single “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” — with Michael Stipe reportedly in the crowd.

The near-reunion wasn’t exactly a surprise; Buck was slated to perform with Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N Cryin’ at the venerable 40 Watt Club, and all four members had been spotted in Athens the night before. Still, with word of Stipe in the crowd at the 40 Watt, fans were abuzz with the possibility of a full-blown reunion of the college-rock superstars.

Instead, it appears the former bandmates — who pulled a similar stunt at Buck’s wedding in June — are carefully avoiding a full reunion.

Below, check out full video via PatHatcher.