R.E.M. 8/31/20

Michael Stipe revealed that he and R.E.M. are plotting some type of 40th anniversary event commemorating the 1980 formation of the band. Stipe spoke about the prospects of celebrating the band, which called it a day back in 2011, and told Uncut: “I’m sure we’re doing something, but honestly I don’t know what. I certainly want to mark it. I was with Patti Smith when she went back to Electric Lady (Studios) and did a live-in-the-studio version of Horses 40 years later, and I opened for her at the Beacon Theatre on the actual 40th anniversary of the releases of Horses. You know what that record meant to me, so I saw how to do it properly. And I’m sure we’re going to respond.”

When asked if he missed being part of rock’s cultural center these days, Stipe, who’s quietly been releasing tracks online, explained, “No, I had my moment, and I think I did pretty well with it. I’m really happy to do what I’m doing right now, I wouldn’t try to compare or contrast who I am now, what I’m doing now — musically or otherwise — with who I was as a 35-year-old. I happened to be on a very tall world stage at that point. And now I’m not in that position; others are. And good for them.”

Back in 2007, upon R.E.M.s’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Michael Stipe told us he was glad the Rock Hall had taken the time to examine and honor R.E.M.’s past: [“I’m always thinking about the next song, and the next record, and the next video, and the next tour, and trying to continue doing good and sometimes great work. So, in terms of being inducted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I mean, it’s really awesome that somebody is taking the time to look backwards and recognize that aspect of what we’ve done.”] SOUNDCUE (:15 OC: . . . what we’ve done)

TL: DR

  • R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe told Uncut that the band plans to mark its 40th anniversary this year. He said he wants to use Patti Smith‘s template for her 40th anniversary events for her 1975 Horses album as a blueprint for how to proceed.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is R.E.M.’s will 25th anniversary edition of its 1994 Monster collection. The six-disc deluxe reissue features the original album fully remastered, as well as a contemporary remix by original producer, Scott Litt.
  • The set is filled with previously unreleased demos, rare concert recordings from 1995, and extensive new liner notes.
  • A Blu-ray disc features hi-res audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of Monster, the documentary Road Movie, and all six music videos from the album.
  • Monster, R.E.M.’s ninth studio album, was released on September 27th , 1994 and debuted at Number One on both the U.S. and UK album charts. The album featured such instant band standards as the album’s lead single, “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?,” “Bang And Blame,” “Strange Currencies,” and “Tongue.”