2006 – R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta this day in rock history!
2005 – R.E.M. reunite with drummer Bill Berry at a roadie’s wedding, and play an 8-song set to the crowd at Kingpins Bowl and Brew in Athens, Ga. Berry left the band in 1997.
2003 – Time Warner agrees to sell its Warner Music business to a group led by media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr. for $2.6 billion. Warner Music artists include Madonna and R.E.M.
2003 – R.E.M. top the U.K. album charts with their hits collection In Time. Fatman Scoop hold the No. 1 spot in the U.K. singles chart for a second week with “Be Faithful.”
2003 – At R.E.M.’s Hollywood Bowl show, the band dedicate “Find the River” to the late Warren Zevon. Zevon played with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry in the ’90s “supergroup” Hindu Love Gods.
2003 – R.E.M. play the last show in their European tour in Nyon, Switzerland. The set includes rarities like “Permanent Vacation.”
2003 – During a Vienna show, R.E.M. play the unreleased “Permanent Vacation,” which last featured in their set 20 years ago.
2003 – Kicking off their first world tour in four years in Holland, R.E.M. debut new songs “Bad Day” and “In Time.”
2003 – Listener to the U.K.’s Virgin radio declare the top 3 greatest songs of the past 20 years to be Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.”
2003 – Both R.E.M. and Lenny Kravitz post anti-war songs online for download. Michael Stipe says “The Final Straw” “is the strongest voice I could think of to send out there,” while Kravitz’s “We Want Peace” features Iraqi singing star Kadim Al Sahir.
2002 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before.