MILLS SINGS R.E.M.'S "NEAR WILD HEAVEN" WITH FORMER BAND MATE
broke up in 2010, that hasn't stopped the band's founding members from
occasionally performing together. The latest instance took place last night at Webster
Hall in New York City, where R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills sang the alt-rock legends' 1991
single "Near Wild Heaven" with guitarist Peter Buck and his band.
Buck was opening for longtime R.E.M. friend Robyn Hitchcock. He performed a number of
songs from his recent solo record, "Near Wild Heaven" and a cover of The Seeds "Pushin'
Too Far." Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye sat in with Buck on "Pushin' Too Far,"
which also saw Mills lend a hand on backing vocals and tambourine. Hitchcock welcomed
plenty of guests during his set including Mills, Buck, Kaye, Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger),
Kurt Bloch (Young Fresh Fellows), and Linda Pitmon (The Baseball Project).
Here's video of Mills guesting with Peter Buck and his band on "Near Wild Heaven."
[via R.E.M. HQ]