R.E.M. at Ripley's (07-20-1983)


On July 20th, 1983, R.E.M. played at Ripley's in Philadelphia, PA! Fresh on the heels of the April 1983 release of their debut studio album, "Murmur," the group set out on tours of both the United States and Europe.  Notably, the group played The Ritz and Maxwell's in April 1983, but their longest stretch of touring the states occurred from June to July.  R.E.M. made stops out West in June and worked their way back East in July, with stops in Boston, Providence, and at this gig in Philadelphia.  The band would play several arenas in August 1983 in support of The Police, including Shea Stadium in New York.