Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R.I.P. R.E.M 1980-2011

1980/81 Concert Chronology


4 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
notes: Rehearsal for first performance 5 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
support: The Side Effects
possible set:(1st Set) - I Can't Control Myself / God Save The Queen / Narrator / Just A Touch / Baby I / Action / Needles And Pins / Hippy Hippy Shake / There She Goes Again / All The Right Friends / Shakin' All Over / Secret Agent Man / A Girl Like You / Permanent Vacation / I Can Only Give You Everything / Dangerous Times / Different Girl / Mystery To Me / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / Lisa Says / Nervous Breakdown / Schéhérazade
(2nd Set) - Honky Tonk Women / One Nation Under A Groove / Roadrunner / California Sun / Gloria
notes: First ever R.E.M. performance. Some reports have the band playing under the name 'Twisted Kites', other reports claim there was no band name. Song order is not known (although I Can't Control Myself and God Save The Queen have been acknowledged to be the first two songs played) and it's not known what other songs were played

18/19 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
event: Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe decide on the name R.E.M. over Negro Eyes, Slut Bank and Cans Of Piss
19 April 1980 - 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, GA
audience: approx. 150
notes: First gig under the name R.E.M. The show was ended around 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed...MORE R.E.M. timeline

What might have been...