Ten Years of Stalking Finally Pays Off

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:49 pm

After nearly ten years of living and working around Athens, I finally saw R.E.M. perform at one of their notorious unannounced performances. It was a combination release party for And I Feel Fine: Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 CD and When the Light is Mine: Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 DVD sets from R.E.M. and Finest Worksongs: Athens Bands Play the Music of R.E.M. benefit CD. I had a hunch, and sure enough the original four (plus another fellow I didn’t know) were the second band to play. Mike Mills and Peter Buck returned to the stage throughout the night to play with the other bands. Thirteen dollars was quite a small price to play to see R.E.M. play from ten feet away at the Fabulous 40 Watt.

EDIT: I knew he looked familiar, but I couldn’t place him at the time. The fifth band member was none other than Young Fresh Fellows frontman Scott McCaughey. I think that probably maximizes the jealousy felt by my fellow Techies.


  1. Jealous!
    I love the picture.

    Comment by Lauryl — 9/13/2006 @ 4:08 pm

  2. Awesome! Glad to see you had a minute or two to write. I check every day. Love you…me

    Comment by Mom — 9/13/2006 @ 5:02 pm

  3. Let’s Begin Again?…

    Original drummer Bill Berry returned to R.E.M. for a few short sets this past week to honor their new place……

    Trackback by Ghost in the Machine — 9/23/2006 @ 5:58 pm

  4. That is so cool!!!! I can’t believe that I lived in Athens for 6 years and never had a Michael Stipe sighting. Oh well, I’m glad you guys had a good time!

    Comment by Alyssa — 10/23/2006 @ 2:50 pm

  5. As I was reading I was wondering if the fifth was Scott. How very fun that must have been. I’ve been listening to ‘this one’s for the fellows’, a tribute compilation by artists convering Fellows songs. Scott covers Tenage Dogs in Trouble. It is quite good, but doesn’t compare to the original.

    Free beer and five dollars. That’s money for new sticks.

    Comment by Randy — 10/24/2006 @ 9:09 am

  6. 5.5 months later, I finally noticed this - and felt all the jealousy you have rightfully earned. Sweet! You totally shoulda talked about pocket calculators and things, to show him how smart you are.

    Comment by Jason — 3/5/2007 @ 12:26 pm

  7. Nice!

    Comment by phildecat — 4/21/2007 @ 11:47 am

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