R.E.M Reunite For First Interview In 30 Years


For the first time in thirty years, R.E.M have reunited for an interview.

The ‘Imitations Of Life’ hitmakers including frontman Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills, guitarist Peter Buck and drummer Bill Berry, have reunited to chat about their induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

A clip of this interview was also shared on the CBS social media accounts. The interview is to air on CBS later today.

R.E.M on “huge honour”

In this chat, Peter Buck said that having the music of R.E.M recognised in such a prestigious way is a “huge honour”. 

“We lived and died on the strength of our songs, so this is a huge honour”, Buck said.

Mills also added: “it is the hardest thing that we do and it’s the thing that we’ve worked on most from the very beginning”. 

Elsewhere, Mike Mills also commented: “Because we had to. I mean really early on, just to put food on the table we had to write songs as fast as we could”. 

Back in April, R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe became one of several artists who signed an open letter, blasting the “predatory” use if AI, and its “assault on human creativity”. 

Other artists to sign this letter also included Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and Robert Smith. More on this story from Nova here.