MIKE TAKES THE MIC

The bassist hijacks the Ken Stringfellowgig at Dingwalls to knock out a couple of classics...

MIKE MILLS performed REM songs at an impromptu appearance at the LONDON DINGWALLS venue last night (November 11).

The gig was billed as a Ken Stringfellow show, with guest appearances by Soft Boys vocalist Robyn Hitchcock and Scott McCaughey, leader of all-star indie-rock supergroup Minus 5, who’ve counted amongst their number REM guitarist Peter Buck.

Eyewitnesses at the show have told NME.COM that Mills took to the stage on a number of occasions throughout the night. However for an encore Stringfellow was joined by Mills and Hitchcock for a run-through of two REM songs, ‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville’ and ‘Electrolite’.

In other news, REM have finally recorded a song written 20 years ago for a forthcoming movie project.

According to the group’s official website, www.remhq.com, the track ‘All The Right Friends’, was written around 1979-80, but it is unclear if it was ever properly recorded.

However, the track was recently recorded in Seattle’s Studio X studio and will be contributed to the forthcoming Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz film ‘Vanilla Sky’.

REM have also contributed ‘Sweetness Follows’ to the soundtrack, which also features groups including Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Bob Dylan.