R.E.M. lead singer recalls ‘unforgettable’ Israel concert
It’s been two decades since American rock band R.E.M. performed in Israel, but lead singer Michael Stipe still has fond memories of the Holy Land.
A post published Sunday on the band’s Facebook page features an old picture of Stipe alongside a young Thome Yorke, the singer and songwriter of alternative rock band Radiohead, R.E.M.’s opening act in the Ramat Gan concert, and a caption which will undoubtedly please many of the former band’s Israeli fans.
“It was 20 years ago today: R.E.M.’s only show ever in Israel,” the post read. “Security was tight. First time for that kind of stuff for us. Mike and Peter (R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Peter Buck) had been to Israel three years earlier for promo for Automatic (the band’s 1992 album ‘Automatic for the People’). They’d visited the Dead Sea.
“We saw a Ben and Jerry’s on the beach and thought that was funny. Radiohead supported. It was quite a night and truly unforgettable.
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