The date: May 16. The place: Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre, outside San Francisco. The scene: R.E.M.’s second night back on tour following drummer Bill Berry’s ruptured aneurysm. Five songs into the group’s set, lead singer Michael Stipe turned toward Berry and inquired, ”How you feeling, Bill?” Fans showered Berry — who was stricken on March 1 during a performance of ”Tongue” at the Patinoire auditorium in Lausanne, Switzerland — with applause, and Stipe promptly dubbed the road show the Aneurysm ‘95 tour. Although Berry had the brain surgery, it was Stipe who had to refer to lyric sheets throughout the concert’s set, confessing, ”I had three months to memorize them, but I jerked off instead.” Encouraged to go back to work by his doctors, Berry says he has no residual symptoms but adds, ”I get real nervous when we play ‘Tongue.”’
Posted June 2 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Shonda Rhimes blasts Bill O'Reilly: 'Try slavery, Bill'
- '20th Century Women' gets New York Film Festival centerpiece premiere
- 'Bachelorette': Aaron Rodgers breaks silence on brother Jordan's run
- Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt discuss burning through millions
- WATCH: Lea Seydoux as Belle in exclusive 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer
- 'Mr. Robot': Does anyone actually like hallucination theory?
- Garth Brooks to launch SiriusXM channel with Ryman Auditorium show
- 'Planet of the Apes': See the Famous Faces Behind the Makeup
- Toronto Film Festival 2016: See First Look Images From This Year's Lineup
- 'One Tree Hill': Where Are They Now?
- 'Little Miss Sunshine': Where Are They Now?
- 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': 22 Magical Photos
- Comic-Con 2016: Celebs at the Biggest Day 4 Panels