R.E.M. Reunites With Berry, Buck Plays 'Slow'
For the second time in a year, R.E.M. reunited with original drummer Bill Berry on stage in the group's Athens, Ga., home base.For the second time in a year, R.E.M. reunited with original drummer Bill Berry on stage in the group's Athens, Ga., home base. The action took place Saturday (April 5) at the end of a performance by the Minus 5, which features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. Berry eschewed drums to play bass on a version of "Country Feedback," drawn from R.E.M.'s 1991 album "Out of Time."
As previously reported, Berry joined Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe in October for a performance at the wedding of longtime R.E.M. guitar tech Dewitt Burton. It marked just the second time the original foursome had played together since Berry left the band in 1997.
In other news, Buck will join R.E.M. drummer Bill Rieflin's new band, Slow Music, for a brief May tour. The group, who debuted last October in Seattle, is also comprised of legendary guitarist Robert Fripp, drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardist Hector Zazou.
Here are Slow Music's tour dates:
May 5: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theatre)
May 6: Seattle (Showbox)
May 9: San Francisco (Great American Music Hall)
May 12: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Coach House)
May 13: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)