Remembering the 1989 R.E.M. Show at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum

The band shared the April 4, 1989 setlist in a social media post this weekend.

click to enlarge Michael Stipe of R.E.M. - Photo: Alberto Cabello, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo: Alberto Cabello, Flickr Creative Commons
Michael Stipe of R.E.M.


Where were you on April 4, 1989?

If you were anything like other music-loving Cincinnatians, you might have been at the R.E.M. concert at Riverfront Coliseum, now known as Heritage Bank Center.

On Sunday, the now-defunct Athens, Georgia, band shared a setlist on Facebook from that Cincinnati show that occurred more than 30 years ago. Though R.E.M. called it quits in 2011, the group still posts regular remembrances and milestones to its social media properties.

The April 4 show in Cincinnati was a stop on R.E.M.’s Green tour, which supported the highly successful Green album, R.E.M.'s first major-label outing. The printed setlist included a misspelling of Cincinnati at the top, and the show featured a whopping three encores that featured several covers. The Indigo Girls opened the show.

And though it’s not marked on the posted setlist, Setlist.FM notes that this was the first time R.E.M. performed “Belong,” a song that the band would later put on its 1991 album Out of Time. “Belong,” which was written during the tour, was performed after “King of Birds,” Setlist.FM says.

Keith Phipps wrote in 2008 for AV Club about his experience at the Cincinnati show.

The Green tour ran throughout 1989 and was the last time R.E.M. would hit the road until 1995 to support Monster.

R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2007, the band’s first year of eligibility.

Below, read the April 4, 1989 setlist and watch videos of Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe's being inducted as R.E.M. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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