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Bill Berry returns to R.E.M.

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It’s not a reunion per se, but anytime Bill Berry hits up R.E.M., it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Recently, the former drummer laid down a track with guitarist Mike Mills for a special holiday cover of Lenny Kaye’s “Crazy Like a Fox”, which the band’s fan club members will receive as their exclusive annual holiday single. Yep, Santa’s got nothing on these folks.

For starters, it’s a rare song. Performed under separate moniker, Link Cromwell, Kaye (of Patti Smith Group fame) put out the song back in 1966. Here’s where things get, well, interesting. Both Michael Stipe and Peter Buck won’t be on the song; instead, Mills will handle guitar and bass, while Berry carries tambourine and percussion duties. Who sings? Both of ’em.

Hands down a great treat for any R.E.M. fan. Let’s hope this mini-reunion sparks some fire and Berry will put down the pitchfork, leave the farm, and sit behind the set once again. What better time than now, right?

Yeah, fool’s dream big.

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