Rumor: REM playing halftime of The Game

Submitted by michgoblue on November 23rd, 2017 at 9:31 PM
A buckeye friend of mine just told me that he heard from someone in the OSU program that R.E.M. is playing halftime of The Game. I haven't heard anything about this or seen it on here. Has anyone heard this rumor? Perhaps the Band is doing something relating to R.E.M. music and my friend just got it wrong. Any info? My personal view is that regardless of whether you like or dislike R.E.M., that crap should be reserved for the NFL. College football is lucky enough to have awesome marching bands for halftime. Why replace that with a generic halftime show?



November 23rd, 2017 at 9:35 PM ^

Personally I hate halftime cause I'm impatient. I love the band during the game. At halftime I don't care and I don't care for rem unless it's the sleep kind. And no I haven't heard this yet.

Bando Calrissian

November 23rd, 2017 at 9:38 PM ^

REM is retired. Period. You really think a college football game is going to get one of the world's greatest walked-away-from-it-all bands to come out of retirement, when they've been explicitly clear that they're done, and have absolutely no connection whatsoever to the University of Michigan?

Bando Calrissian

November 23rd, 2017 at 9:44 PM ^

Sorry, huge REM fan here. REM broke up in 2011. They were crystal clear about the fact that they were very happy to be done. They've done absolutely nothing since. Not even a rumor of restarting the band. Anybody who is a fan of REM would know that.

I don't know how it's being pretentious to shut down a "rumor" before it even starts, because the entire premise behind said "rumor" is absurd. REM is not going to show up out of the blue to play a 5-minute set during halftime of a Michigan football game in 2017.


November 23rd, 2017 at 9:41 PM ^

My roommate at UofM used to usher for concerts at Crisler Arena. I don't think he got paid for this, but he got in the door for free and saw a lot of live music. When REM played there in the mid-90's they needed a few extra ushers so I volunteered. I basically had to hold a flashlight for a couple hours. It was a pretty good show.
I think they should leave halftime to the bands, but I suppose one game a year can't hurt.


November 23rd, 2017 at 9:43 PM ^

I remember before social media when people would gossip and bullshit each other in the privacy of their own homes and it wouldn’t become a news headline.

You Only Live Twice

November 23rd, 2017 at 9:57 PM ^

any attention to this friend.

Halftime shows at Michigan Stadium are always about our band, joined by visiting band, and are always amazing.  

If you live in A2, and are near campus certain afternoons... you will hear the glorious sounds of band practice.  Always been part of what I love about fall.