R.E.M. Reunion! (Sort of)

R.E.M. at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

For years now, the members of R.E.M. have repeatedly said that they would never reunite. And they still say that, but recently they made a slight concession by performing together for the first time since 2008.

On June 13th, R.E.M. was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. For the ceremony, the original four members (Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry) came together to accept their award at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Jason Isbell inducted them, talking about what the Athens, Georgia band meant to him as a teenager growing up in a small southern town. Isbell also performed a cover of their song “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. Check out their acceptance speech in the ceremony:

The big news of the night was the original members of R.E.M. performing together for the first time in more than 15 years!

Before the induction ceremony, the band also sat down with Anthony Mason of CBS Mornings for an exclusive interview where they talked about their songwriting process and what it would take to get them to do a proper reunion (don’t get your hopes up). Watch the extended interview:

Congrats to one of the most prolific and important bands in alternative rock, who gave us 30 years of consistently great music!