Back in June, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Peter Buck traveled to Norway for the Sun Station Vadsø festival, featuring performances by a series of intertwined bands including The Dream Syndicate, Filthy Friends, The Minus 5 and The Baseball Project.
Buck plays in most of those bands, and Mills has rotated in and out of The Baseball Project, a — as the name suggests — baseball-themed band that also features Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate and latter-day R.E.M. sideman and The Minus 5 mainman Scott McCaughey.
During the Baseball Project’s set at Sun Station on June 23, the group performed R.E.M.’s breakout 1987 single “The One I Love,” with Mills singing lead, and Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker — who plays with Buck in Filthy Friends — taking on Mills’ usual backing vocals.
During the festival, the band also played Out of Time album track “Texarkana,” which Mills introduced by saying, “Peter and I used to be in a band together a few years ago, and this is a song that we never did.” And, during his own set, Mills, with Buck on guitar, played R.E.M. classic “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.”
See footage of all three performances below.
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