By Andy Doerschuk Published October 1, 2009
The audience at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia witnessed a rare treat last Monday, September 28, when founding R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry sat in with two of his former bandmates, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills. The occasion featured co-headlining performances by Buck’s side bands, The Baseball Project and The Minus Five. Berry joined members of both groups to play The Beatles’ “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” The McCoys’ “Hang on Sloopy,” and “Teenage Head” by The Flamin’ Groovies. It was Berry’s first performance with any R.E.M. alumni since he appeared with the band at the 2007 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.