The onetime R.E.M. frontman was a highlight, with his delicate “Ashes To Ashes” performance. More »
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a fashion fiend — perhaps even a fashion monster, if you will. So it comes as no surprise that the mama’s boy was spotted yesterday taking in the latest trends from Fashion Week in Paris. The rumored scarf-designer-turned-clothing-line-mogul sat in the front row along side R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe for the Louis Vuitton menswear show. The Watch The Throne rapper rocked another casual look of jeans and t-shirt (and gold medallions, of course). Check out Yeezy as he checks out the runway. More »
Ever in tune with fashion’s shifting winds, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has moved on from being a shirtless Marc Jacobs model to designing limited-edition, 150-euro polos for Lacoste. (That’s $192.72 at current exchange rates, FYI.) Yes, now you too can wear the same shirt worn by people who sneered at “college rock” in the ’80s, only this time it’s OK because the guy who put black bars over his nipples in the interest of making a statement about MTV came up with the design. Is this an example of irony, or is it just the circle of life? I can’t tell anymore.
Ah, the dog days of August, when the news cycle is so slow, Michael Stipe’s profession that he “very publicly despise[s]” George W. Bush is worthy of a headline. I suppose it could be worse, though–he could be coming out for the 38,584th time. More »
Soundchecks often serve as safe zones for musicians, a place where they can feel free to goof off and take chances that might not be suitable for an audience of people who’ve paid big money to hear straight versions of their favorite songs. More »
Along with his Foghat purchase, Michael Stipe revealed in his Death & Taxes interview that he still has a hard time listening to Nirvana albums following Kurt Cobain’s suicide. “It was all written, it was all right there and it was so obvious where he was going, and then he didn’t make it. More »
Anyone who’s read their share of REM interviews knows the tale in which a young Michael Stipe buys Patti Smith’s Horses, plays it over and over while eating a bowl of cherries and decides “hey, I think I’ll find a record store clerk with a guitar and mumble over his arpeggios” before vomiting. It’s one of those anecdotes that helped establish the lineage of underground cool, along with the immortal adage “everyone who heard the Velvet Underground started a band.” Now Stipe has given a self-professed “exclusive” to Death and Taxes magazine, admitting that Horses wasn’t the only album he bought that day. “One of them was Hall & Oates, one of them was Foghat, Fool For the City.” Have a field day, popists!
Dear everyone getting all excited about the “Michael Stipe comes out” story: Um, this is news? Sure, he apparently told Spin that he’d “just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, ‘Yeah, he’s my boyfriend, that is what it is,'” but that claim would seem to be at least… More »
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe has been spotted around New York City while hobbling around on crutches, the result of “a go-carting accident about two weeks ago,” according to the New York Post. (The picture of Stipe here was taken at an event at Big Apple auction house Sotheby’s last night.) More »
Which ’08 prez candidate did R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe recently claim to be weirdly, conflicted-ly smitten with after a late-night TV appearance? The one who’s hellbent on denying him his civil rights, among other hilarious schemes to upend our way of life once he beats the lady or the African-American guy.