REM released their debut EP chronic city 40 years ago, in celebration of their anniversary, a star-studded group of musicians and fans gathered in the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia for a tribute event last night.
Hosted by comedian David Cross, most of the night consisted of REM members Peter Buck and Mike Mills playing with a house band, which included Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and Sven Pipien themselves, as well as Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin on drums.
The night also boasted tribute performances from the likes of Fred Armisen, Hootie and Blowfish’s Darius Rucker, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith’s Indigo Girls, Robinson Son Quinn, Drivin N Cryin’s Kevn Kinney, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, singer-songwriter songs david. Ryan Harris and John Driskell Hopkins from Zac Brown Band.
The show’s finale brought a large crew to the stage for them to cover Big Star’s September Gurls together. And the cherry on top: Proceeds from the show benefited Planned Parenthood. Take a few fan-captured REM clips chronic city The 40th anniversary event is below.
Don’t expect a full R.E.M. reunion, though: Last year, frontman Michael Stipe said the band—which officially broke up in 2011—”will never reunite.” However, he chatted with Mills recently result’Kyle Meredith on their 1996 album New adventures in Hi-Fi In honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary.