Tag: Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe covers Nat King Cole, Ringo Starr, Velvet Underground at climate concert

Michael Stipe covers Nat King Cole, Ringo Starr, Velvet Underground at climate concert

Michael Stipe returned to the concert stage Sunday night, performing a short set — he covered songs by Nat King Cole, Ringo Starr and the Velvet Underground — during the Pathway to Paris climate event at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday. Watch the full performance right here.

Michael Stipe to perform at New York City climate event: ‘It will feel great to sing again’

Michael Stipe to perform at New York City climate event: ‘It will feel great to sing again’

Michael Stipe will make one of his periodic returns to the concert stage this weekend when the former R.E.M. frontman performs alongside Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Talib Kweli and Flea at the Pathway to Paris climate event at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday. Full details here.

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Photograph’ (Demo) — off ‘Automatic For the People’ reissue

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Photograph’ (Demo) — off ‘Automatic For the People’ reissue

R.E.M. has offered up the latest taste of its upcoming multi-disc 25th anniversary reissue of Automatic For the People in the form of a demo of the song “Photograph,” an AFTP-era track that, in its completed version, would feature a duet between Michael Stipe and Natalie Merchant and appear on 1993’s Born to Choose.

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Devil Rides Backwards’ — unreleased ‘Automatic for the People’ demo

Listen: R.E.M., ‘Devil Rides Backwards’ — unreleased ‘Automatic for the People’ demo

A second previously unreleased demo of an unheard song from R.E.M.’s sessions for its 1992 classic Automatic for the People has been released ahead of that album’s reissue next month, a song called “Devil Rides Backwards” that’s being billed as the album’s “great lost track.”

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe to debut rare solo music as part of Moogfest audiovisual project

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe to debut rare solo music as part of Moogfest audiovisual project

Six years after the breakup of R.E.M., frontman Michael Stipe will debut his first-ever solo composition — a score made using Moog synthesizer gear — as part of an exclusive audiovisual installation he’s creating for Moogfest in Durham, N.C., this May. Tickets for Moogfest are on sale now.

Michael Stipe performs rare, unannounced solo set opening for Patti Smith in New York

Michael Stipe performs rare, unannounced solo set opening for Patti Smith in New York

Just weeks after revealing “I think I will sing again” in a TV interview, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe took to the stage Monday night in New York City as the unannounced opening act for Patti Smith at Webster Hall, performing a six-song set that included two numbers by his old band and four covers.

Watch: Michael Stipe looks back on 30 years of R.E.M., vows to never reunite band

Watch: Michael Stipe looks back on 30 years of R.E.M., vows to never reunite band

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe appeared on “CBS This Morning” today to help promote the band’s recently released “REMTV” DVD box set, discussing the band’s history and his own future and the (un)likelihood that we’ll ever see an R.E.M. reunion (“That will never happen. There’s no point.”).

‘This is not just pop music’: Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

‘This is not just pop music’: Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night at a massive ceremony at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, declaring of the genre-shaping alt rock act that, “This is not just pop music. This is something much greater than that.”

R.E.M. carefully avoids actual reunion as all 4 members play Peter Buck’s wedding

R.E.M. carefully avoids actual reunion as all 4 members play Peter Buck’s wedding

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 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.

R.E.M.’s ‘Murmur’ turns 30 today — hear a dozen demos of tracks off classic album

R.E.M.’s ‘Murmur’ turns 30 today — hear a dozen demos of tracks off classic album

It’s a nearly unparalleled landmark in the history of ’80s college rock: R.E.M.’s peerless debut album, Murmur, was released on April 12, 1983 — exactly 30 years ago today. Today we celebrate this milestone by looking back at the building blocks of the album we know and love.

Stream: Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, ‘Rio Grande’ — off Johnny Depp’s new pirate album

Stream: Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, ‘Rio Grande’ — off Johnny Depp’s new pirate album

It’s not exactly the return to music anyone would have guessed from Michael Stipe, but the former R.E.M. frontman is back with his first new recording since that band split in 2011: a duet with Courtney Love called “Rio Grande” off the new Johnny Depp-curated ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys.’

Video: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe pops up at 12-12-12 concert, ‘The Colbert Report’

Video: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe pops up at 12-12-12 concert, ‘The Colbert Report’

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe made a pair of high-profile public appearances last night, first popping up on “The Colbert Report.” to sing the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” with Stephen Colbert and Mandy Patinkin, then joining Coldplay’s Chris Martin to perform “Losing My Religion” at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.

Premiere: R.E.M. at Atlanta’s 688 Club, February 1981 — watch rare 40-minute set

Premiere: R.E.M. at Atlanta’s 688 Club, February 1981 — watch rare 40-minute set

In February 1981, R.E.M. played three known concerts, including a pair in Atlanta opening for Joe “King” Carrasco at the 688 Club. Little of this period has been seen on video, but Slicing Up Eyeballs is thrilled to be able to premiere — courtesy of Wuxtry Records in Athens, Ga. — this 40-minute set filmed at one of those Atlanta dates.

Watch 12 vintage MTV ‘Rock the Vote’ promos with R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna

Watch 12 vintage MTV ‘Rock the Vote’ promos with R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna

For a generation raised by MTV — particularly in the late ’80s and early ’90s — they were ubiquitous: those 30-second “Rock the Vote” promos featuring stars ranging from R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe to Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Madonna imploring viewers to register to vote and cast their ballots.