I'm familiar with Bill's work, because he was R.E.M.'s touring and studio drummer from 2003, until they disbanded in 2011. I was lucky enough to see the band live three times, all three with Bill behind the kit. R.E.M. had an interim drummer after original drummer Bill Berry retired from the group in 1998, but the addition of Bill Rieflin really helped to reinvigorate the band. He took the time to learn and emulate Bill Berry's drumming style, which is something that the fans sincerely appreciated. Suffice it to say that his death hit me pretty hard, and because his cancer diagnosis was not made public previously, it came as a real shock to everyone.
I know Bill for his work with R.E.M., but he was also known for his work with numerous other bands/artists, including Ministry, KMFDM, Robyn Hitchcock, and King Crimson.
Here are a few videos from R.E.M.'s late career, that include Mr. Rieflin:
This was one of a series of "takeaway shows" where the band performed while riding around in a van. Bill was not only driving said van, but also simultaneously using the steering wheel as percussion!
These two were filmed live in Hansa Studio, Berlin-
Bill beating the heck out of the kit here:
And leading everyone into this lovely, contemplative number, here:
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
Sept 2, 2020 21:56:17 GMT