REM’s Michael Stipe surfaces in St. Louis Rocky Horror Picture Show report

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – REM front man Michael Stipe made an appearance on late 1970’s St. Louis broadcast of “Newsbeat.” The show was hosted by former FOX 2 anchors and reporters Dick Ford and John Auble.

The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” was controversial when it came out in 1975. Many fans flocked in full costume for years after the release to repeat showings of the cult film. Some University City residents where getting a little tired of the fans when this report was aired. But Stipe and others in the crowd were ready to do the Time Warp, again.

Reporter Michael Brown interviews Stipe at about the 1:25 minute mark in this YouTube clip:

“It is an excellent movie, it really is. We’re all quite normal, really.” said Michael Stipe.

Reporter Michael Brown asks, “If you had to prove that, how would you go about doing it?”

“Show up tomorrow afternoon dressed in our little KSHE pig shirts and blue jeans.” said Michael Stipe.

“That would be normal,” said reporter Michael Brown.

“I guess for the normal St. Louis KSHE fan, yes it would.” said Michael Stipe.

Michael Stipe graduated from high school in Collinsville, IL in 1978. He  then moved for college to Athens, GA. It was at the University of Georgia where he formed the band REM with other students. They dropped out of school in 1980 to focus on the band.

REM went on to mainstream music success. The the band sold more than 85 million records worldwide.