They cover The Beatles and The McCoys at intimate Athens, Georgia gig
Former R.E.M drummer Bill Berry reunited with his ex-bandmates Peter Buck and Mike Mills onstage in the band’s hometown of Athens, Georgia on Monday (September 28) night.
Berry, who quit R.E.M in 1997, played drums on a cover of The Beatles‘ ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’ and The McCoys‘ ‘Hang On Sloopy’. Watch fan-recorded video footage of the reunion on NME.COM below.
The performance took place in Athens‘ 40 Watt Club, and Berry, Buck and Mills were joined by former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey of Seattle band The Young Fresh Fellows and Linda Pitmon.
Berry quit R.E.M amicably in 1997 to become a farmer, saying that he wanted a career change. He had suffered a brain aneurism while performing onstage with the band in 1995.
The performance at the 40 Watt Club marked Berry‘s first public appearance since playing with R.E.M at the 2007 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
Watch Bill Berry, Mike Mills and Peter Buck performing at the 40 Watt Club below: