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Michael Stipe is returning to the stage this fall in NYC

Michael Stipe doesn’t make many public appearances these days—a film screening here, a spring gala there—and performances are even fewer and further between. Lately, though, the former R.E.M. frontman has been hinting at a return to the spotlight as a solo artist, debuting three new songs in May; reportedly, there’s more where that came from. (But fans of the seminal band shouldn’t get their hopes up: An R.E.M. reunion “will never happen,” he told the Guardian back in April.)
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This week we're talking with Michael Stipe, who fronted the band R.E.M., about discovering his voice and the punk rock that inspired him to become a singer in high school. Raised a military brat, Stipe was frequently relocated as a kid, from Germany to Texas and Alabama. His family settled in Southern Illinois as he entered high school, where he developed a love for punk rock. After a brief stint at the University of Georgia, he met Peter Buck and started the beginnings of what would become R.E.M., one of the most acclaimed bands in rock history. Over 30+ years, they sold over 85 million albums and Stipe was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Reveals ‘Losing My Religion’ True Meaning, Says It Wasn’t About Him

You've likely heard R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" hundreds or thousands of times in your lifetime and almost always naturally assumed it was an autobiographical tale penned by singer Michael Stipe. But it's amazing how a single word can change perspective, and during a chat with producer Rick Rubin for the Broken Record Podcast, Michael Stipe reveals that a simple word flip made listeners think the song was about him.
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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Reveals ‘Losing My Religion’ True Meaning, Says It Wasn’t About Him

You've likely heard R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" hundreds or thousands of times in your lifetime and almost always naturally assumed it was an autobiographical tale penned by singer Michael Stipe. But it's amazing how a single word can change perspective, and during a chat with producer Rick Rubin for the Broken Record Podcast, Michael Stipe reveals that a simple word flip made listeners think the song was about him.
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Michael Stipe Reveals the Lyric Switch on R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’ That Changed Everything

Click here to read the full article. Turns out, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe wasn’t always in the “spotlight” for his 1991 classic, “Losing My Religion.” Stipe was recently a guest on the Broken Record podcast, where he revealed a minor, but equally major, lyric change to host Rick Rubin. It all started when Rubin asked Stipe if he knew the song was special as he was writing it, which the R.E.M. artist quickly denied. “We released it as a first single thinking it was going to set up the next song,” he said. “It’s such a weird song, we had no idea it was...
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