Sandra-Lee Phipps, REM HQ It was this week some 30 years ago that Athens, GA…
- Posted on Mar 8th 2011 4:55AM by Andrew Kerr
Stefan M. Prager, Redferns
Buck believes that in the current music-buying climate, touring no longer plays a significant role when it comes to record sales. He told Beatweek, "I'm not really sure that touring sells records. What sells records anymore? It seems like less and less people are buying albums, so do what you want."
The non-committal guitarist continued, "We'll just see what happens. But it does seem like we've toured a lot in the last eight or ten years. To some degree it felt like we'd just been doing kind of the same thing we did last time. You just don't really want to repeat yourself in that way."
Elsewhere in the interview, Buck described 'Collapse Into Now' as a return to an earlier R.E.M. sound. He explained, "We'd made a couple records that were mid-tempo to slow. This time around we were all trying to bring in different kinds of stuff and capture some of the things that maybe we'd done in the past that we hadn't revisited, the kind of acoustic stuff which I've been playing -- more or less folk music -- since I was 15."