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R.E.M
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REM - the big interview

In a rare interview REM's Michael Stipe and Mike Mills spoke to The Beat's Dean Jackson after their City Ground gig.


REM don’t do many interviews so it was a massive coup for BBC Nottingham’s Dean Jackson to get to talk to the band.

REM played to a huge crowd at the home of Nottingham Forest on Wednesday 6th July. The rain poured but that didn’t dampen the spirits of all those who came to see one of the world’s biggest bands.

Dean spoke to REM’s front man Michael Stipe.  During part one of the interview they talk about:-

• Having their music played
• The ‘Around the Sun’ album
• Art and creation
• The relationship between artist and listener
• Not letting music become ‘wallpaper’

During part two of the interview they talk about:-

• Finding new music
• Disposable and ‘real’ music
• The Live 8 gig and its legacy
• Celebrities and politics
• Being an optimist

REM fans at the City Ground
Wet REM fans at the City Ground.

During part three of the interview they talk about:-

• His blue facial stripe
• REM’s dynamics, how they work together
• How he’ll relax after their tour

Dean also spoke to bassist Mike Mills. During part one of the interview they talk about:-

• Being part of Nottingham’s biggest ever gig
• Their world tour
• The band’s charities
• The ‘Around the Sun’ album
• Nonsense lyrics

During part two of the interview they talk about:-

• Where he gets inspiration from
• His favourite bands
• New bands like The Zutons, Idlewild
• Compiling a set-list
• Where the band will go next
• Getting ideas

To listen to the interviews use the links on the right of this page. Take a look at our review from REM’s gig at the City Ground too.

last updated: 11/07/05
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lisa krane bløndal
i love REM 4 ever, come here to norway, tromsø, because i live here!

Deano
R.E.M best gig eva in nottingham. They truelly are the gr8est band of all time

Rico
I caught Michael Stipe’s hat when they played at Lancashire cricket club on friday 17th june 2005 WOO HOO

nash
R.E.M, one of the greates band....will they ever perform in india

alex, bedford
notting was a fantastic gig even though it rained rem rocked!!!

Cheryl, Alabama
Love the band...love their music...the interviews were marvelous--thanks!

Carla
REM live at Hyde Park were amazing. By far the best live gig I have ever been to.

Pete
Awesome gig. Was there with my mate Greg. The only bad thing about it was that they didn't play Country Feedback :(

Rosanna Carranza
I like their music, so much!!! from Peru

kelly
10.07.05 WHAT A SHOW!!!!

Anarelle
Brit living in Canada. Saw REM in concert here last year,,awesome! Michael Stipe rocks!!

Maria, Nottingham
AMAZING interview. I have been an REM fan for 20 years and never heard one as good as this. Well done BBC Nottingham!

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