R.E.M. Reform For Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame Performance – Watch

All four members were onstage...

R.E.M. reformed for a one-off performance at the Songwriters Hall of Fame last night (June 14th).

The band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, with their ad hoc inaugural show sparking into life one of American music’s truly great catalogues. Achieving astonishing global success, drummer Bill Berry departed in 1997 following a brain aneurysm, with the group continuing to write, record, and tour until 2011.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, all four members of R.E.M. took part in an interview with CBS Mornings. Looking back on their achievements together, things took a turn for the emotional when Bill Berry broke down when discussing his departure from the band.

Watch a clip below.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, R.E.M. surprised everyone present with a one-off performance. Choosing their immortal ‘Losing My Religion’, it’s the first time all four members have been onstage in years.

Greeted rapturously by fans, the band are joined – note for note, word for word – by the crowd, a palpable sense of communion in the occasion.

So, will they do this again? Sadly in the CBS interview R.E.M. ruled out a reformation – but we can hope, can’t we.

Related: Strange Currencies – R.E.M. On ‘Monster’

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