The ever enigmatic R.E.M. will return to Salt Lake City for an 8 p.m. show Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Salt Palace.
Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as "the best band in America," R.E.M. is a conglomeration of folk and rock influences that produce a sound dubbed by guitarist Peter Buck as "a sort of bubblegum heavy metal."R.E.M. (the acronym supposedly stands for three words picked randomly from the dictionary) is now 8 years old with five albums to show for its trouble. Beginning with "Murmur" in 1983 - which was named the best album of the year by Rolling Stone, R.E.M. followed with "Reckoning" in 1984, "Fables of the Reconstruction" in 1985 and "Lifes Rich Pageant" in 1986.
"Green," their newest and most successful effort, follows on the heels of 1987's "Document" with tunes designed to launch the band into the mainstream. Singles like "Orange Crush" and "Stand" lack R.E.M.'s trademark Byrdlike jangle but show an attempt at stronger melodies and more coherent lyrics. Vocalist Michael Stipe, who has been known to mumble his way through many of R.E.M.'s earlier pieces, also shows he can enunciate when the need arises.
The opening act is NRBQ.