The owner of a restaurant that inspired the name of rock band R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" album says he might be forced to close unless business picks up. Weaver has been running the neon green soul food restaurant for more than 25 years.
The Grammy-winning rock group announced on its website Wednesday that it has "decided to call it a day as a band." The group composed of University of Georgia students singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills released its debut album "Murmur" in 1983. Drummer Bill Berry was also in the band but left the group in 1997.
The Georgia Theatre in Athens has been a fixture of Georgia music for decades. Thousands of acts ranging from The Dave Matthews Band to The Ramones have graced the stage. But in 2009 a fire reduced the building to little more than a smoldering shell. Now, after years of fundraising and renovation the venue will once again open its doors tonight.