R.E.M.’s front man Michael Stipe talked Broadway and Christmas at the Empire State Building, where Food Bank NYC and chef Mario Batali launched a newly formed Culinary Council.
As U2's Bono cultivates Spider-Man on Broadway, we wondered which superhero R.E.M. would pursue for a musical venture.
"I think it would be the Flash," he said dryly.
But Stipe doesn't have time to consider hypothetical comic book endeavors--what with the holidays approaching and all the troubles they can bring.
First, there are the culinary debacles at Christmas:
"We used to go German, and have some leftovers from Thanksgiving."
But the most wonderful time of the year really hit rock bottom a few years ago when he had his worst Christmas experience:
"Falling on my ass was and having a rock in my crotch, that was pretty bad."
Given the mishaps--some unappetizing, some painful, some both--Stipe usually tries to avoid his bandmates during the holidays.
"We’re close," he said, "but we don’t spend Christmas together, that would be too much."