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On This Day In Music: R.E.M. Played Their First Gig

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American rock band R.E.M. appeared live on the stage for the first time on this day in 1980 to play a gig for a friend’s birthday party. The party was held at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. The four piece formed by drummer Bill Berry, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe, hadn’t been together long before playing the gig. Stipe & Co. came up with their unique name from flicking through the dictionary! They landed on Rapid Eye Movement and so the band as we know them, R.E.M. was born.

REM – Automatic for The People

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Automatic for the People is the eighth album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1992 on Warner Bros. Records. Upon release, it reached number two on the U.S. album charts and yielded six singles. The album has sold 18 million copies worldwide and is widely considered one of the best records released in the 1990s.

REM Frontman Wants To Return To Music

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REM frontman, Michael Stipe has said that he would like to return to music. REM split in 2011 and Stipe has not...

Watch Michael Stipe’s Beautiful Bowie Tribute

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Former REM singer Michael Stipe recently performed a beautiful rendition of a David Bowie song on the Tonight Show with Jimmy...

R.E.M’s Michael Stipe Slams Donald Trump

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R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe has hit back at Donald Trump recently after he used one of his band's songs for his...

Check Out Some Rock Star Yearbook Photos

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It's always nice looking back on photos when you were younger, although for some rock stars it's questionable whether they look...

Placebo Stream Entire Back-Catalogue For 20th Anniversary

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Placebo are celebrating a milestone in music, as the band approach their 20th anniversary they're making their entire back-catalogue available to...

Former REM Singer Michael Stipe Plays A Solo Concert

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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe performed a solo show in New York City over the holidays. It was his first gig...

Michael Stipe Reveals That An REM Reunion Won’t Happen

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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe has nailed his colours to the mast, claiming that a band reunion will "never happen". Stipe, guitarist...

This Day In Rock History: December 11th

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It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies,...