Sunday and Monday night are looking to be a merry melange of musical mates and comradely cameos. R.J. Abrams and Anthony Poulos of Concert One Productions have a partner, Josh Gottheil, who was recently stricken with leukemia. They’re responding with a benefit at the Cubby Bear Sunday night to raise funds to help others in a similar situation. Their star is Peter Holsapple, the slightly bent, surpassingly melodic pop theorist behind the dB’s. Holsapple is whimsical and a delight onstage and should be seen even if the press release didn’t coyly hint at the appearance of some “very special friends.” One can only note that longtime dB’s fans R.E.M. play the Rosemont the next night, and that Holsapple is along on the tour. And what of R.E.M.? Their latest album, Green, got mixed reviews; I can understand that (though I think it burns) but R.E.M. live onstage–Michael Stipe declaiming to the stars, Peter Buck setting off guitar bombs behind him–is still a wonder; it’s sort of like seeing Dylan Thomas backed up by the Who. And to top it all off, opening is Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. Hitchcock is a practicing eccentric who some time ago came to the realization that it may not be possible to convey any true emotion or meaning in a pop song. It has only steeled his resolve. Meanwhile, the Egyptians rock out. Sunday, 8 PM (Holsapple), Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison; 327-1662. Monday, 7:30 PM (R.E.M., Hitchcock), Rosemont Horizon, 6920 Mannheim, Rosemont; 635-6600.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Marty Perez, Paul Natkin–Photo Reserve.