On This Day, April 5, 1980: R.E.M. play their first-ever show

On This Day, April 5, 1980…R.E.M. played their first-ever show at a friend’s birthday party at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia, although at the time they were unnamed. The band – vocalist Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills, guitarist Peter Buck, and drummer Bill Berry - performed a set filled with originals,... Read More.