R.E.M. receives Rock the Vote award -- George Stephanopoulos, Donny Osmond, Bill Clinton and Bill Berry showed up to tribute the rock band

By Jeff Gordinier
Updated April 08, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

A weird blend of Pennsylvania Avenue residents and MTV celebrities turned up at Manhattan’s Supper Club recently to pay homage to R.E.M., the winners of a political-activism award from Rock the Vote. In the mix: everyone from babyfaced White House operative George Stephanopoulos to babyfaced popster Donny Osmond. Even President Bill Clinton checked in with a video tribute. But the event’s real revelation was that R.E.M., which hasn’t toured since 1989, is considering hitting the road following the release of a new disc this fall. Says drummer Bill Berry of the potential tour: ”Maybe.” Maybe? ”Probably.”