Stipe will be capturing the sound and feel of REM when they appear at Alexander’s in Chester on Friday, April 24.
Amid the neon rush of 80s music REM began. They were rock-boned and country-rooted. In time they would build a towering back catalogue that would reach from the addictive highs of Shiny Happy People down to the reflective darkness of Everybody Hurts, covering all else in between.
An early REM album loaned to Stipe’s lead vocalist, Richard Southern, worked its magic and convinced him to make a first visit to see REM.
“That was the best live performance, ever,” says Richard. “The music of REM left such an impression on myself.”
As an active, touring band Stipe have taken every opportunity to perfect these songs.
They’re making a much anticipated return to Alexander’s and are very excited to be bringing Roberto Valadas with them.
“It’s great to have Robbie with us on keyboards,” says Richard. “He is a rare talent indeed and a great addition to the line-up, fetching us even closer to the REM sound.”
REM were one of the first alternative rock bands, playing large arenas and supporting many political and environmental causes along the way.
They ended after some 15 albums but not before Michael Stipe, on hearing Stipe perform live, declared: “These guys are awesome.”
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