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Stipe: The UK's Premier R.E.M. Tribute / Acoustic, Live Music, Rock

Fri 4Oct
7:00 PM

Note: This event has finished


Amidst the neon rush of 80s music R.E.M. began.  They were rock-boned and country-rooted.  In time they would build a towering back catalogue that would reach from the addictive highs of Shiny Happy People down to the reflective darkness of Everybody Hurts, covering all else in between.
The Guardian recently headlined; ‘Michael Stipe will sing again,’ but his fans know there are no plans for the band that called it a day in 2011.  That ending might have seemed the start of a long, sad silence unless you’d already come across tribute band Stipe, named for R.E.M.’s singer.
Any music fan will try to convert you to their music. An early R.E.M. album loaned to Stipe’s lead vocalist, Richard Southern, worked its magic and convinced him to make a first visit to see R.E.M. live. ‘That was the best live performance, ever,’ says Richard.
‘The music of R.E.M. left such an impression on myself that it will always be a part of my life,’ says Richard  Southern, ‘For as long as I am able, I will keep singing those songs and performing as ‘Michael Stipe’.’
And as much as R.E.M. was bigger than the individuals alone then so is this tribute. Also in Stipe are Martyn Smith on drums and with vocals, Steve Bell as lead guitar, James Davies rhythm guitar and vocals and Johnny Stringer for bass guitar and vocals.  Their professionalism and commitment brings the parts together making the best of tributes; a band that has repeat bookings across the country and tours in Europe.  In performance Stipe make R.E.M.’s charismatic music their own.
R.E.M. was one of the first alternative rock bands, playing large arenas and supporting many political and environmental causes along the way. They ended after some 15 albums but not before Michael Stipe, on hearing Stipe perform live, declared, ‘These guys are awesome.’  BBC Radio said ‘My advice to you  if you hear Stipe are playing a gig near you then drop everything and go and see them.’

No-one gets closer to the inimitable style of Michael Stipe than Rick Southern. Backed by a band that play with passion and precision, this is a show not to be missed by anyone who likes R.E.M.



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