Watch REM’s Mike Mills Perform ‘Losing My Religion’ For Mercer University Graduates – 98KUPD – Arizona’s Real Rock

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Last Monday, May 16, REM bass player Mike Mills has been presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humanities at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia during the school’s commencement ceremony.

Before receiving the diploma, the 63-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performed a version of his band’s classic song “Losing My Religion,” and a video of the performance was posted on the official website of the university. Youtube channel.

Mills co-founded REM while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, although he never graduated from college.

Before performing at the start, Mike addressed Mercer graduates saying, “I am truly and deeply honored to be here today… You are about to accomplish something that I never have. done, which is to graduate from university. As you continue your journey, I wish you good luck and fair winds.

Mills plays electric guitar while singing the song, and he was accompanied by his friend, an acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffiewho founded Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at the Townsend School of Music.

In presenting Mills with the honorary degree, the president of the university, William D. Underwoodsaid, “[T]its region has a great history of producing great musical geniuses, Little Richard at Otis Redding to Allman Brothers Group at chuck leavel and Robert McDuffie. As great as these musical geniuses are, none of them had a greater impact on the genius of their work than Mike Mills.

Mills was born in Orange County, California, and his family moved to Macon when he was still a baby. In high school, he meets the drummer Bill Berryand the two started playing music together, eventually forming REM with the singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck in 1980. REM disbanded in 2011.

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