Excitement is already beginning to build for a Berry, Buck, Mills, Stipe performance in New York City on March 12th with yesterday's announcement of R.E.M's selection as one of five inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In other news, the band surprised Oxford Sunday night with a couple of songs at the Zodiac during a Robyn Hitchcock gig. It also appears that recording plans are shaping up. Mike and MIchael have spent a few days in London where they met up with Peter (playing with R. Hitchcock) to discuss the things bands tend to discuss prior to rehearsals, which, according to Bertis who is also in the UK with the guys, incidentally appear to be taking place in late January/early February.
It's exciting, but it would be even more so if Berry worked with the band in studio.
Here are two live classics. The first is twangy and fun, and the second indisputably rocks.
R.E.M. - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville (Live on IRS' The Cutting Edge, 1984) (mp3)
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe (Live on The Tube, January 1983) (mp3)
And the Radio Free Europe live clip:
Own the When The Light Is Mine DVD.