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Michael Stipe Wrote A Book With No Pages


THE LEAD SINGER OF R.E.M. PLEASE
WELCOME MICHAEL STIPE. IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE
KNOW IT. ♪ IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS
WE KNOW IT. ♪
>>Stephen: WHEREVER, YOU CAN SIT ANYWHERE YOU WANT.>>I WAS GOING SIT ON JAMES’
LAP.>>Stephen: HE LEFT, THAT’S
TOO BAD.>>HI, NICE TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU FOR DOCKING YOUR
TUGBOAT AND JOINING US TODAY. I LOVE THE BEARD, I LOVE THE
BEARD LOOK. DO YOU, YOU AND MEL GIBSON AND
DAVID LETTERMAN GET TOGETHER. COMPARE BEARDS BECAUSE IT’S SO
BEAUTIFUL AND DUB I WILL KAL.>>I GET A LOT OF LIKE HEY, ELF
GUY, BILL MURRAY, AROUND THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.>>Stephen: OH YEAH?>>I’M REALLY GOING FOR MORE OF
A BEN CUZI OR ZEUS LOOK.>>Stephen: THAT ISN’T BAD. IKE AN EAGLE ON A THRONE. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN.>>GREAT, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH YEAR FOR
EVERYONE.>>Stephen: SURE, YEAH, YEAH,
WE HAD YOU ON THE OLD SHOW SIX TIMES.>>SIX TIMES AND MATTER OF FACT,
YOU WERE SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE OLD SHOW. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU THAT
THE VERY END OF THE LAST WEEK OF THE OLD SHOW WE HAD A GARAGE
SALE.>>YES.>>Stephen: WE DIDN’T TELL
ANYBODY WE WERE HAVING IT. WE JUST PUT AN AD UP ON
CRAIGSLIST, GAVE THE ADDRESS AND WE SOLD EVERYTHING OFF OF THE
SET TO ANY STRANGER WHO WOULD WALK BY, INCLUDING, WE PUT YOU
ON ONE OF THE TABLES, MICHAEL STIPE ON ONE OF THE TABLES WITH
A LITTLE PRICE STICKER ON YOUR HEAD. NOW R.E.M. SOLD A HUNDRED
MILLION RECORDS. HOW MUCH DID YOU GO FOR THAT
DAY.>>A DOLLAR AND A DREAM, I THINK
I REMEMBER AM LIKE A QUARTER.>>Stephen: YEAH, YEAH. YOU ACTUALLY DIDN’T SELL.>>YOU I DIDN’T SELL.>>Stephen: YOU FORGOT, WAS
THAT TOO PAINFUL OF A MEMORY.>>I GOT PUSHED BACK ON TO THE
SHELF, I GUESS.>>Stephen: WHEN IS THE LAST
TIME R.E.M. PERFORMED TOGETHER.>>THE LAST TIME WE PERFORMED
WAS IF BERLIN IN 2011, I GUESS.>>Stephen: OKAY, WHAT HAVE
YOU BEEN DOING, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU STILL WANT TO JUMP UP ON
STAGE.>>ALL THE TIME.>>Stephen: DANCE AROUND AND
SING.>>APPROXIMATE, NOT DANCE
BUT– .>>Stephen: YOU DON’T WANT TO
DANCE?>>I LIKE TO DANCE.>>Stephen: YOU ARE FAMOUS FOR
YOUR DANCING.>>YEAH, I KNOW.>>Stephen: WHY NO DANCING?>>I DON’T– I’LL DANCE WITH
YOU. BUT–
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).>>Stephen: LET’S EARN IT. LET’S EARN IT.>>YEAH, WHEN I SEE A GREAT– I
SAW PJ HARVEY AND RADIOHEAD. YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THEM UP THERE
AND IT’S LIKE WOW, I KIND OF WANT TO JUMP UP THERE AGAIN. BUT I HAD TO SEPARATE FROM MUSIC
FOR AWHILE.>>Stephen: YOU DON’T WRITE
SONGS OR ANYTHING.>>I ACTUALLY PRODUCED AND
COWROTE AN ALBUM BY THE BAND FISHER SPOONER WHICH IS COMING
OUT NEXT YEAR, THAT WAS A COMPLETE SURPRISE, I DIDN’T
ANTICIPATE DOING IT BUT THEY ASKED ME TO HELP THEM WITH A
COUPLE OF SONGS AND I WOUND UP COWRITING EVERYTHING.>>Stephen: YOU ARE ALSO A
VISUAL ARTIST. AND YOU GOT A COUPLE OF SHOWS GO
ON RIGHT NOW. ONE IN STOCKHOLM, A COUPLE
PIECES UP AROUND LOWER NEW YORK.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: AND YOU’VE GOT
THIS PIECE, THE BOOK RIGHT HERE, SORRY, IS THE BOOK HERE? WHERE IS IT?>>WHERE IS IT? DOWN HERE? SORRY. BUT THERE IS NOTHING
INSIDE. WHEN YOU HOPE IT UP THERE IS
ANOTHER HOLE INSIDE.>>IT’S AN EMOJI HOLE SO IT IS
LIKE AN EMERGENCY ESCAPE HATCH FOR DIFFICULT TIMES. LIKE IN THE ROAD RUNNER, YOU
KNOW, YOU THROW THE– .>>Stephen: AND JUMP IN IT AND
GET AWAY.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU DON’T– IS
THIS FOR YOU? IS THIS– DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU
NEED TO GET AWAY FROM THE WORLD?>>I’M MAKING A LOT OF THEM,
LET’S PUT IT THAT WAY. AND I MADE THEM HUMAN SIZED SO
PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY KIND OF– I MEAN– .>>Stephen: I MIGHT HAVE TO
LOSE SOME WEIGHT BEFORE I GET THROUGH THAT HOLE. SO YOU CAN’T LEAVE THE WORLD
MICHAEL STIPE. YOU HAVE TO STAY.>>I’M GOING TO STAIRKS I’M
GOING TO STICK AROUND.>>Stephen: YOU CAN’T GO TO
CANADA AND YOU.>>NO, JUST A VACATION.>>Stephen: WAIT, A VACATION
IN THE HOLE OR VACATION IN CANADA.>>BUT I LIKE THAT IT’S LIKE THE
FLAT THING THAT IS TWO DIMENSIONAL AND YOU CAN JUST
LOOK AT IT AND FEEL LIKE THERE’S A PLACE TO GO WHEN THINGS GET
REALLY ROUGH.>>Stephen: THAT’S NICE. CAN I HAVE THIS?>>NO, BUT I WILL GIVE YOU
SOMETHING ELSE. (LAUGHTER).>>Stephen: I CAN’T HAVE IT? CAN I JUST HOLD IT FOR A SECOND.>>YES, SIR, YOU CAN HOLD IT.>>Stephen: MINE. (LAUGHTER)
YOU ALSO, THOUGH YOU GUYS DON’T PERFORM TOGETHER YOU NOW HAVE
THE– I KNOW I’M HOLDING IT UP BECAUSE IT DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING
ON THE FRONT, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL ALBUM, THE 25th ANNIVERSARY
OF OUT OF TIME, A BEAUTIFUL, ARE YOU NOT PERFORMING ANY MORE, WHY
IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU, FOR THIS TO BE RELEASED RIGHT NOW.>>WILL IS A WHOLE GENERATION OF
PEOPLE THAT MAYBE ASSOCIATE MY BAND, MY FORMER BAND WITH A FEW
SONGS.>>AND WE WANTED TO REINTRODUCE
ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT RECORDS TO THEM. AND ALSO TO THE PEOPLE THAT WERE
THERE THE FIRST TIME, MAYBE THEY WANT TO KIND OF LOOK AT IT
AGAIN.>>Stephen: MAKE A NICE
CHRISTMAS PRESENT.>>IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT
CHRISTMAS PRESENT.>>Stephen: WHAT WOULD YOU
LIKE FOR CHRISTMAS, MICHAEL STIPE.>>WHAT I WOULD LIKE FOR
CHRISTMAS, STEPHEN, ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th, I WOULD LIKE
THE PEOPLE THAT ARE, THE ELECTORAL VOTERS WHO ARE VOTING
FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION, I WOULD LIKE– .>>Stephen: THE ELECTORAL
COLLEGE MEETS TO CHOOSE THE PRESIDENT.>>I WOULD LIKE THE ELECTORAL
COLLEGE VOTERS TO CAREFULLY WEIGH THEIR INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS
IN DECIDING WHAT A DEMOCRACY THAT WAS SET UP OVER 200 YEARS
AGO IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AT THE END OF 2016. THIS IS CRUCIAL. AND I DON’T REALLY CARE WHERE
THEY BUTTER THEIR BREAD. BUT I WANT THEM TO BE PATRIOTS. AND SO LET’S HOPE FOR THE BEST. (APPLAUSE).>>Stephen: THE 25th
ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF R.E.M.’S OUT OF TIME IS ON SALE NOW. MICHAEL STIPE, EVERYBODY. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH
COMEDIAN GAD ELMALEH.

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