I have been a fan of REM since 1986 when I was still in high school. I love the band, the music, and the way Michael Stipe dances on stage.
I am a science fiction author now, but when I saw REM live in 1989 at Madison Square Garden I had the best concert experience of my entire life. So many bands are negative and can make someone feel worse about leaving than when they arrived. REM made me feel special during a time where I felt emotionally lost and nihilistic. The message, you are the everything hit my girlfriend at that time and I in the heart. I felt good about myself.