1978/1979/1980/1981 Concert Chronology

1978

19 October 1978 - Memorial Hall Ballroom, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
supporting: The Ashcan Cats
set included: Like A Rolling Stone
notes: The Wuoggerz show, featuring Bill Berry on drums, & Vanessa Briscoe Hay as one of the 4 Wuoggettes, as well as Kathleen O'Brien on xylophone!. This concert was part of WUOG 90.5FM's 5th Birthday celebrations

1979

5 April 1979 - Memorial Hall Ballroom, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
notes: The Wuoggerz show, featuring Bill Berry on drums. This was a party to celebrate the abolishment of the University's Student Government Association

1 May 1979 - Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
supporting: Tone-Tones, The Police
set included: I Think We're Alone Now / (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding / Listen To Her Heart / Like A Rolling Stone / Do Anything You Wanna Do / Baby Let's Twist
notes: The Wuoggerz show, featuring Bill Berry on drums, supporting The Police!

22 May 1979 - Memorial Hall Ballroom, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
supporting: The Brains
set: And So It Goes / Shake Some Action / Do Anything You Wanna Do / Punk Rockers Play With Their Hearts / Afterglow / (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding / Listen To Her Heart / September Gurls / I Think We're Alone Now / I Just Wanna Have Something To Do / Like A Rolling Stone / My Boyfriend's Back / Baby Let's Twist
encore: Not Fade Away / Monster Mash
notes: The Wuoggerz show, featuring Bill Berry on drums. This show was originally planned for Legion Field but was forced indoors due to rain. Mike Mills & Michael Stipe were in the audience!

1980

4 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
notes: Rehearsal for first performance

5 April 1980 - WUOG 90.5FM, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
notes: Interview by Kurt Wood with the band

5 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
support: The Side Effects
supporting: The $windle$
possible set:
set 1: I Can't Control Myself / God Save The Queen / Narrator / Just A Touch / Baby I / Action / Needles And Pins / Hippy Hippy Shake / There She Goes Again / All The Right Friends / Shakin' All Over / Secret Agent Man / A Girl Like You / Permanent Vacation / I Can Only Give You Everything / Dangerous Times / Different Girl / Mystery To Me / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / Lisa Says / Nervous Breakdown / Schéhérazade
set 2: Honky Tonk Women / One Nation Under A Groove / Roadrunner / California Sun / Gloria
notes: First ever R.E.M. performance. Some reports have the band playing under the name 'Twisted Kites', other reports claim there was no band name. Song order is not known (although 'I Can't Control Myself' and 'God Save The Queen' have been acknowledged to be the first two songs played) and it's not known what other songs were played

18/19 April 1980 - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Athens, GA
event: Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe decide on the name R.E.M. over Negro Eyes, Slut Bank and Cans Of Piss

19 April 1980 - 11:11 Kaffee Klub, Athens, GA
audience: approx. 150
notes: First gig under the name R.E.M. The show was ended around 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed

6 May 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
supporting: The Brains
set included: Shakin' All Over / Secret Agent Man
encore included: (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
notes: R.E.M.'s set was filmed in black & white, unfortunately with no sound

13 May 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
support: The $windle$
set included: Shakin' All Over

15 May 1980 - Memorial Hall Ballroom, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
supporting: The Brains
notes: This show was originally planned for Legion Field but was forced indoors due to rain

16 May 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
supporting: Pylon

21 May 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
support: The Smarts

30 May 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
support: The Teeveez
set: Baby I / (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 / Schéhérazade / Lisa Says / Mystery To Me / Chappaquiddick / All The Right Friends / A Girl Like You / Dangerous Times / Mediocrity / Shakin' All Over / I've Got A Charm / Body Count / Different Girl

3 June 1980 - The Mad Hatter, Athens, GA

6 June 1980 - Wuxtry Records, Decatur, GA
tracks included: Dangerous Times / All The Right Friends / Different Girl / Narrator / Just A Touch / Baby I / Mystery To Me / Permanent Vacation
notes: A pre-show practise session, recorded by video camera with the intention to produce a promotional clip for getting further bookings, which was never pursued. This performance spawned the first unofficial bootleg cassette titled 'Slurred', and can now be found on the CD bootleg "Early Movements", and the LP bootlegs "Chronic Murmurings" and "Pretty Pictures". Further evidence suggests the recorded songs are not from this date but from another rehearsal

6 June 1980 - The Warehouse, Atlanta, GA
supporting: Space Heaters, Red Meat And Sprouts

7 June 1980 - WUOG 90.5FM, Memorial Hall, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
notes: Interview with Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe

7 June 1980 - High Shoals Beach, High Shoals, GA
supporting: Stillwater
notes: According to Michael during the KCRW performance on 3 April 1991, Bill had drunk too much prune juice at this particular show, and had to sneak out into the bushes to relieve himself

30 June 1980 - The Mad Hatter, Athens, GA

5 July 1980 - Agora Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
support: The Basics, The Rabbits

9 July 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
notes: Benefit show for John Kupris, Judge (a friend of Bertis?)

13 July 1980 - Hedgens, Atlanta, GA

15 July 1980 - 688, Atlanta, GA

16 July 1980 - 688, Atlanta, GA

18 July 1980 - The Station, Carrboro, NC
notes: Jefferson Holt, who attends all three NC shows, sees R.E.M. for the first time

19 July 1980 - The Station, Carrboro, NC

21 July 1980 - The Pier, Raleigh, NC
encore included: Gloria
notes: 'Gloria' featured Joe Thomas on guitar

22 July 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

25 July 1980 - Phrank'n'Steins, Nashville, TN

1 August 1980 - Agora Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
support: The Restraints

6 August 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
notes: Benefit show in aid of the 40 Watt Club

13 August 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

17 August 1980 - Agora Ballroom, Atlanta, GA

19 August 1980 - 688, Atlanta, GA
support: Love Tractor

23 September 1980 - 688, Atlanta, GA
support: Current Rage

24 September 1980 - 688, Atlanta, GA
support: Current Rage
set included: Hippy Hippy Shake

3 October 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

4 October 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set: Just A Touch / Nervous Breakdown / A Girl Like You / Dangerous Times / There She Goes Again / I Can Only Give You Everything / All The Right Friends / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Body Count / Hippy Hippy Shake / Action / Narrator / Hey Hey Nadine / Gardening At Night / Schéhérazade / Lisa Says / Mystery To Me / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / Permanent Vacation / Gloria - Shakin' All Over - Respect / White Tornado
notes: This show can be found on the vinyl bootleg "Bodycount At Tyrone's" and the CD bootleg "20th Century Boys Vol. 2", minus 'Nervous Breakdown', 'Gloria - Shakin' All Over - Respect' and 'White Tornado'. This is the earliest R.E.M. show to be bootlegged

8 October 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA

30 October 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
notes: Nest (adj) show. Featuring Tom Smith, Carol Levy, Mary Rockwell & Michael Stipe

6 November 1980 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
support: Little Tigers

20 November 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA
notes: Benefit show in aid of the 40 Watt Club

Late November, early December 1980 - Lamar Dodd School Of Art, The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
notes:

6 December 1980 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
supporting: The Police
audience: 4,000
notes: During the last song Michael invited anyone to come up on the stage and dance if they could get past security. The stage got packed.

20 December 1980 - 40 Watt Club East, Athens, GA

1980 - C.W. Shaw's, Atlanta, GA

1980 - The Last Lap, Knoxville, TN
support: Inconvenient Truth

1981

16 January 1981 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC
Poster

17 January 1981 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC

30 January 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set: Just A Touch / Sitting Still / Dangerous Times / There She Goes Again / Get On Their Way (Get On Back Home) / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Shaking Through / Wait / Windout / Gardening At Night / Ages Of You / Schéhérazade / Lisa Says / Mystery To Me (2 Girls) / Chappaquiddick
encore: White Tornado (Aunties Quilt) / I Can't Control Myself / Skank / Gloria - We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together - Respect / Tighten Up / (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (w/ Paul Scales) / Shakin' All Over
notes: Stipe says this is the first ever performance of 'Get On Their Way', which was titled 'Get On Back Home' at this show. 'Aunties Quilt' was the setlist name for 'White Tornado', & '2 Girls' for 'Mystery To Me'. Also the first known performance of 'Shaking Through' and 'Skank'

31 January 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

5 February 1981 - New York, New York, Augusta, GA
set included: (Theme From) The Monkees / Nervous Breakdown / Rave On / Tighten Up / Walk, Don't Run / Do You Love Me / Just Like Me / For Your Love / (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 / (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone / Gloria

8 February 1981 - Bombay Recording Studios, Smyrna, GA
tracks recorded: Sitting Still / Gardening At Night / Radio Free Europe / Shaking Through / Mystery To Me / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Narrator / White Tornado
notes: The first Recording Session with studio owner and producer Joe Perry

20 February 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
supporting: Joe 'King' Carrasco And The Crowns
set: Rave On / Burning Down / Dangerous Times / All The Right Friends / Get On Their Way / Different Girl / Permanent Vacation / White Tornado / Narrator / Windout / Gardening At Night / Mystery To Me / Radio Free Europe
notes: The earliest known video footage of the band playing live (with sound), from the archives of Wuxtry Records Dan Wall. Portions of this were first shown at the R.E.M. In Perspective: An Athens History, Seney-Stovall Chapel, Athens, GA on 21 October 2007, but the full footage was made available in November 2012. From comments made by Michael about a function at the University Of Georgia that occurred earlier that afternoon, it is most likely that it is from the 20th. White Tornado is introduced by Michael as 'Stronger Than Dirt', one of it's many early titles

21 February 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
supporting: Joe 'King' Carrasco And The Crowns

13 March 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

14 March 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

26 March 1981 - K.O. Jam's, Murfreesboro, TN

27 March 1981 - Cantrell's, Nashville, TN

28 March 1981 - The Milestone, Charlotte, NC

31 March 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC
notes: The bootleg 'T.G.I.F.' lists the show as this date, but is in fact 6 November 1981, although this show did take place, as confirmed by the poster.
About the venue itself, from an interview by David Fricke with Peter Buck on 15 November 1990 taken from The Rolling Stone Files book (pg. 114): "There was a place in Greensboro, North Carolina, called Friday's. It was a pizza parlor, and the guy had bands play. It was an L-shaped room; you could see through the bar to the ovens, with the guy with the long stick with pizzas on it, and see us, too. He'd charge a dollar, we'd get 150 people in there, and we'd get the door. People would let us sleep on the floor. There were clubs like that in every city"
Poster

2 April 1981 - New York, New York, Augusta, GA
set 1: Rave On / Burning Down / A Girl Like You / Get On Their Way / There She Goes Again / Pretty Persuasion / Body Count / Different Girl / Action / Narrator / Hey Hey Nadine
set 2: Radio Free Europe / Sitting Still / Dangerous Times / All The Right Friends / Little Girl / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Windout / Gardening At Night / Wait / Schéhérazade / Lisa Says / Mystery To Me / Gloria
set 3: White Tornado / Just A Touch / I Can't Control Myself / 9-9 / Night Time Is The Right Time / Pills / Nervous Breakdown / Baby I / Permanent Vacation

3 April 1981 - Memorial Gymnasium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
supporting: Joe 'King' Carrasco And The Crowns

4 April 1981 - The Station, Carrboro, NC
notes: After this show, the band offer Jefferson Holt the position of full-time manager

6 April 1981 - The Pier, Raleigh, NC

10 April 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set 1: Rave On / Burning Down / A Girl Like You / Get On Their Way / There She Goes Again / Pretty Persuasion / Body Count / Different Girl / Action / Narrator / Hey Hey Nadine / Baby I / Permanent Vacation
set 2: Radio Free Europe / Sitting Still / Dangerous Times / All The Right Friends / Shaking Through / Little Girl / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Windout / Gardening At Night / Wait (w/ Lynda & Cyndi Stipe) / Schéhérazade / Lisa Says / Mystery To Me
encore: White Tornado
notes: This show was originally thought to have been from 10 January 1981, but has been attributed to this date instead because:
1. At the end of 'Get On Their Way' at the 30 Jan 81 show, Stipe says that was the first time they've played that - and sounds very basic as well - they called it 'Get On Back Home' - therefore it is an older set than the 30 Jan show.
2. The setlist is virtually identical to the 2 April setlist - it is easy to get the numbers wrong - 1/10/81 v 4/10/81.
This show can be found on the vinyl bootlegs "Georgia Peaches - Ripe!", as well as an edited version on "So Much Younger Then". The double CD bootleg "Tyrone's Athens 1981" also features the show, minus Rave On and White Tornado. 'Burning Down' comes after 'Action' on these bootlegs, however a new recording has been unearthed where 'Burning Down' appears to have been played after 'Rave On' instead. After hearing the new version, it's now my view 'Burning Down' should be second in the setlist, and not after 'Action'.

11 April 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

15 April 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks recorded: Sitting Still (incomplete fast version) / Sitting Still / Radio Free Europe / White Tornado / White Tornado (incomplete version)
notes: First Recording Session with Mitch Easter. These tracks were recorded for R.E.M.'s Cassette Set audio tape, to be sent out to clubs, magazines, and record companies. The Cassette Set features 'Sitting Still', 'Radio Free Europe' and 'White Tornado'. Also on the cassette are small clips of the fast version of 'Sitting Still', and the first take of 'White Tornado', which is halted half way through due to some wrong notes by Peter Buck. About 400 copies of the set were produced, of which 100 were produced with the 'Radio Free Europe (Radio Dub)'. These tracks and the Radio Dub Mix of Radio Free Europe surfaced in 2011.

23 April 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks remixed: Radio Free Europe
notes: Remixing Session for 'Radio Free Europe' from 15 April by Mitch Easter, creating 'Radio Free Europe (Radio Dub)'. The mix was included on about 100 copies of the Cassette Set. This track & the other tracks recorded for the Cassette Set surfaced in 2011.

24 April 1981 - The B&L Warehouse, Athens, GA
supporting: XTC
set: Radio Free Europe / Burning Down / Dangerous Times / All The Right Friends / Shaking Through / Body Count / Pretty Persuasion / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Hey Hey Nadine / That Beat / Sitting Still / 9-9 / Windout / Gardening At Night
notes: This was thought to be the 13 March 1981 show, but after unearthing a tape by Paul Butchart in 2011, it is now thought to be this venue & date

6 May 1981 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
support: Oh-Ok
notes: 1066 Gaggle O'Sound show, Michael Stipe's solo noise project. Oh-Ok opened the show, in their debut performance

7 May 1981 - New York, New York, Augusta, GA

9 May 1981 - 'Beaux Arts Ball', Betts Auditorium, School Of Architecture, Architecture Building, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
notes: Playing at the summer ball whose theme was 'Lust In Space'. From the Q magazine R.E.M. special (pg. 118): "'Princeton Guys', recalls Buck. 'The young hearts and minds of America, walking around with big aluminum foil penises. We got five encores and people were throwing their metal dildos onstage'"

12 May 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
notes: The CD bootleg "That Beat In Time" thought to be from this date is actually two shows, tracks from 23 July 1981 & tracks from 23 September 1981. Pylon played on this date, not R.E.M.

13 May 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC

22 May 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
supporting: The Swimming Pool Q's
notes: This show was the album release party for The Swimming Pool Q's album 'The Living End'

24 May 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks recorded: Radio Free Europe
notes: The band return to the Drive-In with Johnny Hibbert to record overdubs for 'Radio Free Europe'

25 May 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks mixed: Sitting Still / Radio Free Europe
notes: 'Radio Free Europe' and 'Sitting Still' are mixed by Johnny Hibbert for proposed release on his Hib-Tone Records label

2 June 1981 - Von Henmon's, Columbia, SC
set: Body Count / Just A Touch / Sitting Still / Hey Hey Nadine / That Beat / Mystery To Me / Burning Down / Romance / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville

2-3 June 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks mixed: Radio Free Europe
notes: Mitch Easter mixes his own version of 'Radio Free Europe'

3 June 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

4 June 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set 1 included: There She Goes Again
notes: The band played 2 sets

5 June 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
supporting: 999

6 June 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
supporting: 999

June 1981 - Bombay Recording Studios, Symrna, GA
notes: The band return to Bombay Recording Studios with Johnny Hibbert. They bring with them the two versions of 'Radio Free Europe', the one mixed by Hibbert, and the other mixed by Easter, and use the studio to decide which one to put on the Hib-Tone Records single. Hibbert's mix wins and can be found on the original Hib-Tone Records single. Easter's mix can be found on the Eponymous album

11 June 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
supporting: Limbo District
set: A Man And A Woman (Backing Tape) / Test Of Orthodoxy / Call To Worship / A Thousand Tongues / Bold Enough To Witness / Curb Of Trails / Wedding Feast At Cana
notes: First performance of 'Boat Of', with Michael Stipe. Featuring Mike Green on bass & recitation; Carol Levy on guitar & backing vocals, Tom Smith on tape, electronic drum pad & lead vocal; Don Fleming who contributed prerecorded organ & Michael Stipe on organ & recitation!. The first song was a prerecorded manipulated muzak version of 'A Man And A Woman'

16 June 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC

17 June 1981 - Ritz, New York, NY
supporting: Gang Of Four
set included: Radio Free Europe / Stumble / Laughing / Romance / Gardening At Night / 9-9 / Mystery To Me / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Sitting Still / Burning Down / Body Count / Just A Touch / Shaking Through / That Beat / Pretty Persuasion

18 June 1981 - Ritz, New York, NY
supporting: Gang Of Four

19 June 1981 - The Left Bank, Mount Vernon, NY
supporting: Gang Of Four

20 June 1981 - Emerald City, Cherry Hill, NJ
supporting: Bunnydrums, Gang Of Four

21 June 1981 - The Bayou, Washington D.C.
supporting: Gang Of Four

23 June 1981 - Agora Ballroom, Atlanta, GA
supporting: Gang Of Four

24 June 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
supporting: Gang Of Four

July 1981 - Club Foot, Austin, TX
supporting: The Judy's
support: The Make

July 1981 - Numbers, Houston, TX
set included: Whole Lotta Love
notes: The band were forced to play a version of 'Whole Lotta Love' for six people glowering at the band from the urine soaked dancefloor

8 July 1981
event: Radio Free Europe/Sitting Still 7" Single released on Hib-Tone Records

14 July 1981 - Ron's Place, New Haven, CT

16 July 1981 - Ritz, New York, NY
supporting: Wishbone Ash

23 July 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set 1: Hey Hey Nadine / Burning Down / Dangerous Times / There She Goes Again / All The Right Friends / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Body Count / Just A Touch / Stumble / Sitting Still / Permanent Vacation
set 2: Radio Free Europe / Get On Their Way / Shaking Through / Romance / Laughing / Pretty Persuasion / Little Girl / 9-9 / Windout / Gardening At Night / Mystery To Me
encore: White Tornado / That Beat - Skank

24 July 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

24 July 1981 - Night Gallery, Athens, GA

25 July 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
set included: Radio Free Europe / Sitting Still

6 August 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC

7 August 1981 - The Station, Carrboro, NC

8 August 1981 - Attic, Greenville, SC

9 August 1981 - The Pier, Raleigh, NC

19 August 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

20 August 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

25 August 1981 - The Scorpio, Charlotte, NC
notes: This show was billed as "Charlotte's First Gay New Wave Disco and Costume Party", The Scorpio apparently being a lesbian bar. Tickets were $3 benefitting a variety of gay/lesbian charities
Poster

5 September 1981 - Cantrell's, Nashville, TN
support: Jason And The Nashville Scorchers
notes: This was Jason And The Nashville Scorchers 2nd ever show

September 1981 - Unknown Venue, Philadelphia, PA

16 September 1981 - Pilgrim Theater, New York, NY
supporting: The Bloods
set: Ages Of You / White Tornado / 1,000,000 / Shaking Through / Romance / Laughing / Sitting Still / Pretty Persuasion / That Beat

19 September 1981 - Emerald City, Cherry Hill, NJ
supporting: Bow Wow Wow

21 September 1981 - Mudd Club, New York, NY

22 September 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
set: Ages Of You / 1,000,000 / Shaking Through / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Body Count / Just A Touch / Little Girl / Wait / Sitting Still / I Can't Control Myself / Burning Down / Get On Their Way / Romance / Laughing / Pretty Persuasion / That Beat / Gardening At Night / Windout / 9-9 / Radio Free Europe / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
encore: White Tornado / There She Goes Again / Stumble - Skank - Saturday Night
notes: Vic Varney guests on vocals on 'There She Goes Again'

22 September 1981 - Night Gallery, Athens, GA
set: Backing Tape (prerecorded excerpt from WJIZ-FM, Albany, GA) / Worthy Of The Lamb / Boat Of Say (Put) / Sodomy And Splendor / Jesus' Name / The Richness Of Evening / Spur
notes: Performance by 'Boat Of' featuring David Gamble on percussion & vocals, Carol Levy on guitar & vocals, Sandra-Lee Phipps on percussion & vocals & Tom Smith on tape, electronic drum pad and vocals; choreography by Mike Green & Michael Stipe

23 September 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA
soundcheck: Unknown / Sitting Still / 1,000,000 / The Lion Sleeps Tonight
set 1: Just A Touch / Ages Of You / 1,000,000 / Get On Their Way / There She Goes Again / Action / Wait / Sitting Still / Permanent Vacation / Mystery To Me
set 2: White Tornado / I Can't Control Myself / Burning Down / Shaking Through / Laughing / Romance / Pretty Persuasion / That Beat / Stumble / Radio Free Europe / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
encore: The Lion Sleeps Tonight / Skank / Gardening At Night / Windout / 9-9

2 October 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
notes: The band arrive and set up their equipment

3 October 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
basic tracks recorded: 1,000,000 / Ages Of You / Gardening At Night / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars) / Stumble / Shaking Through / White Tornado / 9-9 (attempted but abandoned)
notes: Recording Session for Chronic Town, with Mitch Easter. Apart from '9-9' all tracks are available in some format or another. '1,000,000' and 'Stumble' made it onto the Chronic Town EP. 'Ages Of You' and 'Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)' can be found on the LP bootlegs Chronic Murmurings and Really Exciting Music and the CD bootleg The Essential Demos Vol. 1. 'Gardening At Night' was released on Eponymous. 'Shaking Through' is available on Essential Demos Vol. 1, and 'White Tornado' is on the LP bootleg Really Exciting Music

4 October 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
tracks recorded: Jazz Lips (This Is Jazz (Blow Nose))
notes: Recording Session for Chronic Town, with Mitch Easter

5 October 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
notes: Mitch Easter mixes tracks

7-8 October 1981 - Drive-In Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
notes: Final Mixing Sessions for Chronic Town, with Mitch Easter

8 October 1981 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
set included: Paint It, Black / Pills / California Dreamin' / I Was Just Watching / Through With You / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
notes: Joined on stage by members of The Side Effects, Oh-Ok and Pylon

9 October 1981 - Von Henmon's, Columbia, SC

20 October 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC
supporting: The dB's

23 October 1981 - Zappa's, Brooklyn, NY
set 1: Ages Of You / Shaking Through / There She Goes Again / Laughing / Romance / Sitting Still / That Beat / Mystery To Me / Permanent Vacation / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
set 2: Just A Touch / 1,000,000 / I Can't Control Myself / Burning Down / Unknown / Pretty Persuasion / Stumble / Improv instrumental (drum kit has a problem) / Gardening At Night / Windout / 9-9 / Radio Free Europe
notes: Described by Peter as one of the most pitiful moments in the band's career - "There were six people there. Maybe eight. The guy said he'd feed us, he gave us a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken that he'd sat under a drip in the ceiling so that it was covered in water; we lost $150 because we drank, and we didn't realise he was charging us for drinks; I got in a fight with a skinhead outside in the parking lot; and we got lost for four hours in Brooklyn before the show" - from It Crawled From The South, Marcus Gray (first edition, pg.43)

24 October 1981 - The Left Bank, Mount Vernon, NY
supporting: Siouxsie And The Banshees

25 October 1981 - Mudd Club, New York, NY
notes: Apparently due to the small number of people in attendance, the club owner refused to pay the band any money, so they played the show for free

October 1981 - The Cellar, Queens College, Flushing, NY
support: The Bongos
notes: It's possible that The Bongos were the headlining band

29 October 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
set included: Wolves, Lower (Instrumental)
notes: When 'Wolves, Lower' was played, Michael recorded the song from the audience on a walkman

31 October 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

5 November 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

6 November 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC
set 1: Just A Touch / Burning Down / Ha (We Get Paid For It) / Shaking Through / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / There She Goes Again / Permanent Vacation / Pretty Persuasion / That Beat / Mystery To Me / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
set 2: Rave On / Ages Of You / I Can't Control Myself / Laughing / Romance / Round Is Funny / Sitting Still / Wolves, Lower / Gardening At Night / 9-9 / Windout / Radio Free Europe
notes: This show can be found on the CD bootleg 'T.G.I.F'. The bootleg lists the date as 31 March 1981, but is in fact this date. 'Ha (We Get Paid For It) is the arbitrary title of this song, it's unknown what the true intended title was, as it was quickly dropped from the set and wasn't recorded in the studio. 'Round Is Funny' is an Oh-Ok song.

7 November 1981 - Viceroy Park, Charlotte, NC
set 1: Just A Touch / Burning Down / Shaking Through / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / There She Goes Again / Permanent Vacation / Pretty Persuasion / That Beat / Mystery To Me / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
set 2: Ages Of You / I Can't Control Myself / Ha (We Get Paid For It) / Laughing / Romance / Sitting Still / Wolves, Lower / Gardening At Night / 9-9 / Windout / 1,000,000 / Radio Free Europe

11 November 1981 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
set included: Treason / Meeting / Living By The Neck / Peter Pan
notes: Tanzplagen show. Band included Michael Stipe, William Lee Self, Neil McArthur, Linda Hopper & Lynda Stipe

13 November 1981 - 688, Atlanta, GA
support: Let's Active
notes: Peter Buck joins Let's Active during this, their debut show. In return members of Let's Active join R.E.M. for their encore

November 1981 - University Of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
supporting: Oingo Boingo

November 1981 - Cantrell's, Nashville, TN
support: Jason And The Nashville Scorchers

November 1981 - Antenna Club, Memphis, TN
support: Barking Dog

23 November 1981 - Off The Wall Hall, Lawrence, KS
support: The Mortal Micronotz
notes: This show was originally thought to have occurred on 23 November 1982, however a poster confirms it as this date
Poster

24 November 1981 - Merlyn's, Madison, WI
set 1: Sitting Still / Mystery To Me / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
set 2: Ages Of You / 1,000,000 / (Don't Go Back To) Rockville / Wolves, Lower / Pretty Persuasion / Stumble / Gardening At Night
notes: Set 1 is incomplete, as the person who taped the show got there late. For those with a copy of the show, 'Gardening At Night' is cut off due to the taper accidentally recording over the end of R.E.M.'s set with another artist, hence set 2 being incomplete as well. It's fairly safe to assume '9-9' and 'Windout' would have followed, with 'Radio Free Europe' or 'Skank' likely to end the set

25 November 1981 - Club C.O.D., Chicago, IL

26 November 1981 - 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN
set 1: Romance / Sitting Still / Mystery To Me / Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
set 2: Ages Of You / There She Goes Again / Pretty Persuasion / Stumble / Permanent Vacation / Gardening At Night / 9-9 / Windout / That Beat / Wolves, Lower
encore: White Tornado / Radio Free Europe / Skank
notes: Set 1 is incomplete, probably missing the first six songs, as it seemed to be standard to play 10 songs per set.
From an interview by David Fricke with Peter Buck on 15 November 1990 taken from The Rolling Stone Files book (pg. 114): "Minneapolis was very good to us from the beginning. We played to twenty people on Thanksgiving 1981, and every one of them came up to us afterwards and invited us to their house for a party". From the tape I've heard I think he's accurate in his crowd count.
Despite Peter's fond memories, there still seems to be a lot of heckling occurring through the show. During 'Mystery To Me' Michael adds 'Go home yourself!' and also 'Trying to look so cool/I Bet you think the Clash are really boss'. Before 'Permanent Vacation' he adds 'We ain't faggots, we're Georgians'. During '9-9', half the audience seems to invade the stage, and some person can be heard howling into the microphone. When the song is over, Michael can be heard to say 'who the fuck are you?'. After 'Windout' he then says 'if anyone else wants to dance on stage you have to ask first'.
As if Skank wasn't an unusual song already, on this occasion Stipe's lyric consisted of the phrase 'The opposite of plethora is dearth' for the most of the song, but not before someone in the audience managed to scream into the microphone 'come to Ann Arbor, Michigan!'.
In an interview a year later, Michael and Peter claimed that they accidentally hurtled themselves towards the drums, resulting in the drums, Bill, Michael and Peter all falling 10 feet off the stage onto 3 unsuspecting people, who being hardcore, loved it. Michael then claimed they stole Peter's shoes and made him sign them. Whether this is true, or something made up during a dull interview you can decide. Unless it happened before the show started being recorded, it isn't audible to my ears!

2 December 1981 - Underwood Auditorium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
supporting: U2

3 December 1981 - Friday's, Greensboro, NC
support: Oh-Ok
notes: Tanzplagen show. Band included Michael Stipe, William Lee Self, Neil McArthur, Linda Hopper & Lynda Stipe

4 December 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

5 December 1981 - Tyrone's O.C., Athens, GA

11 December 1981 - City Gardens, Trenton, NJ
supporting: Bow Wow Wow

13 December 1981 - Biltmore Hotel, Atlanta, GA
supporting: Bow Wow Wow

31 December 1981 - Danceteria, New York, NY

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