Bands Help Launch Effort To Save R.E.M. Steeple

Several Georgia musicians are working with a local organization to save the steeple of a church in Athens where R.E.M. played its first show in 1980.

Nuçi’s Space, a resource center for musicians, hopes to raise $250,000 for the restoration effort.

Donors who give $100 to the effort will get one of 2,000 bricks that were removed from the steeple during efforts to stabilize it.

Nuçi’s Space and its foundation have worked to prevent suicide among people in the music community. The group helps people to obtain treatment for depression and other disorders.

The group said it hopes that saving the steeple, which is directly behind Nuçi’s Space, helps bring awareness to the nonprofit’s mission.

Photo: AP Photo / CP
An estimated 20,000 fans enjoy a free performance by R.E.M. in downtown Toronto.

R.E.M., The B-52s and the Drive-By Truckers are among bands helping out in the effort.