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Listen: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage

Apr 28, 2019

R.E.M. made their historic visit to Mountain Stage 28 years ago this week. The appearance was just one of three shows scheduled to promote their upcoming release "Out of Time."  The other appearances included in the media tour were "Saturday Night Live" and MTV's "Unplugged."

The anniversary is all the reason we need to revisit their performance of "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. on April 28th, 1991.

Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage has a long history of presenting championship-worthy line-ups on Super Bowl Sunday. With this weekend’s big game around the corner, we thought we’d share a few sets that were recorded while much of the country was loading up on wings and lil' smokies. 

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 The passing of Hugh Masekela at the age of 78 reminds us here at Mountain Stage of his two powerful performances on the show in 1989 and 1994.  

Mark Wolfe

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.

For those who experienced it, Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991 was an unforgettable one to say the least. That day R.E.M., unquestionably one of the most popular bands at that time, emerged from a brief touring hiatus to perform on Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV.

Listen to Dr. John on Mountain Stage

Jan 7, 2015

UPDATED June 7, 2019 with a quote from Mountain Stage host Larry Groce.

"The words icon and legend are thrown around so carelessly today that they have become the subjects of jokes. This is sad because we really need them now. There are almost no musicians, singers or songwriters who have the singular talent and universal respect that Mac Rebennack had. He put together several traditions to make musical magic that is timeless and recognized as such by those in all genres. I’m just grateful we got to know Dr. John and hear him for a moment on the Mountain Stage. None of us will ever forget him."

-Larry Groce, Mountain Stage host and artistic director.

Read more about Dr. John via NPR News.

Original post from 2015:

From the Mountain Stage reel-to-reel archives. Recorded live, January 8th, 1989.