26 November 1997
Atlanta show day - More R.E.M. hospitality.
Atlanta show day - More R.E.M. hospitality. Stipe and Mills come to the gig and Stipe throws a party after. Celebrations are subdued because of Michael Hutchence's funeral that day.
Atlanta show day. Swung by the R.E.M. office in the morning, as Joe & Bruce had never seen the place. Bertis Downs met us there and we left laden with swag and product. Such generous folks. Breakfast at "Guaranteed", Stipe's veggie diner, then on to the Georgia Dome. It was a pretty straightforward day. Catherine Owens was in from New York which was a treat, and by nightfall our many guests began to arrive. Stipe came, with Mike Mills and Bertis (Bono entwined a snatch of "Shiny Happy People" into Discotheque, by way of tribute). Howard Finster - a local folk artist, who's angel appears in the show - had some people come down, though Howard himself declined the invitation. He's 81 years old now, so road trips are tough, but his grandson Michael came along, who's also a folk artist producing a good quantity of work.
Today was Michael Hutchence's funeral, so Bono paid tribute again, noting that given the time difference the funeral was happening at the same time as the gig. Its been hard for him, but the audience's warm response to Bono's words has been helpful.
After the show, Michael Stipe threw a party at an Athens restaurant, "Mumbo Jumbo" which was a lot of fun. I'll be sorry to leave here, but I get the feeling we'll see these people again soon enough.