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Monday, April 5, 2010 - 5:17am

R.E.M. Turns 30

Athens own rock band REM turns 30 today. On this day, the band took the stage for the first time.

The group considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 80’s and 90’s began when four University of Georgia students played at a friend’s birthday party in an Athens church on this day three decades ago.

Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry didn’t have a name for their band at the time but soon lead singer Stipe selected REM at random from the dictionary.

They all dropped out of school to make music. Their first single "Radio Free Europe" came out a year later.

Though their drummer Barry has retired to the Athens countryside, the band performs together to this day.

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