Stipe have been around since 1996 and was originally called 'Driver8' then 'Stipe'. Formed by Richard Southern, the original line-up gigged mainly in the North of England and Scotland. Over the next few years Richard also fronted Midlands based "Monster" playing many gigs throughout the U.K and Europe . Honing and perfecting Michael Stipe's very individual stage persona.
In 2014 the lineup was refreshed bringing back some of the original members, along with new talent, to produce the strongest and most authentic sounding REM Tribute