Video, Vintage Video — January 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

Vintage Video: Watch R.E.M. ‘Chronic Town’-era concert filmed for local TV in 1982

It’s Michael Stipe’s birthday today — he’s 52 — so we’re cracking open the Vintage Video vault to bring you a 30-year-old R.E.M. concert, filmed Oct. 10, 1982, at The Pier in Raleigh, N.C., for broadcast on local television —  less than two months after the release of the band’s debut EP, Chronic Town.

The video above, via uploader kenjames64, is believed to be the earliest professionally filmed R.E.M. performance, and features the portion of the show that was shown on TV — including much of the first encore, which ended with an unreleased jam called “Skank.” See setlist below.


Setlist: R.E.M., The Pier, Raleigh, N.C., 10/10/82 (partial)

1. “Wolves, Lower”
2. “Laughing”
3. “1,000,000”
4. “Moral Kiosk”
5. “Catapult”
6. “West of the Fields”
7. “Radio Free Europe”
8. “Ages of You”
9. “We Walk”
10. “Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)”
11. “Skank”






  1. mark goodall

    WOW!!! WHat a find!!!

  2. Nice to see. This has been on youtube on for a few years though, so not sure how this is a “find” by anyone…

  3. I like the Let’s Active acknowledgement at the beginning. Did they open for them that night?

  4. mike summers tri sig coach sigma chi derby week

    Long live REM.. best band of my college years.. true alternative rock.

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