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R.E.M. OPENING REHEARSAL ROCKS DUBLIN


The band kicked off its rehearsals in Dublin in electrifying form to a packed, spirited sellout crowd tonight at the Olympia Theatre. The set tipped heavily in the direction of brand new songs, ten in all, but also featured a selection of classics including “Second Guessing,” “Letter Never

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R.E.M. OPENS WORKING REHEARSALS IN DUBLIN


R.E.M opens their five-night stand at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin this evening. Saturday night’s support comes from Dublin’s own David Kitt.

If you weren’t able to make it to Dublin, never fear. We’re offering a full line of Olympia merchandise in the Thriftstore.

We’ll have a full

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***UPDATE*** PETER & MIKE ON DAVE FANNING SHOW TONIGHT


UPDATE: Owing to technical problems in post production, Dave Fanning’s interview with R.E.M. scheduled for broadcast tonight on RTE Radio 1(Ireland) and www.rte.ie/radio1/drivetime has had to be deferred. In its place tonight at 1900hrs (Irish Time GMT +1) archive of previous interviews will be broadcast.

The full interview as recorded

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DUBLIN TICKET UPDATE


We are pleased to announce that a limited number of tickets for R.E.M.’s five-night stand at the Olympia Theatre will be released to fans each show day at 4pm. The tickets are priced at 50 euros each and will be available at the Olympia box office. There is a limit

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LEFT OF THE DIAL RE-AIRS FRIDAY


Just a reminder that the BBC’s excellent feature on American Alternative Rock, “Left of the Dial (program 6 of “The Seven Ages of Rock” special), will be re-broadcast on BBC 1, Friday, June 29th at 12.05am.

For more information on “Left of the Dial” please click here.

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BERTIS REPORTS FROM DUBLIN


A few random Dublin memories from over the years, on my first day here this time:

Our first time here was 1984, the band’s second tour of Europe, back in the Reckoning days when that meant a few club shows where they could be arranged. SFX was the hall,

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JACKNIFE LEE TALKS TO HQ


R.E.M HQ’s David Bell caught up with producer Jacknife Lee on the eve of the Dublin Olympia shows to discuss the Vancouver recording sessions, and many other things, including the Irish, Grouse Lodge, R.E.M.’s Working Rehearsal, the producer’s role, and Jacknife’s iPod:



1. How’s your summer been going up

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BBC SEVEN AGES OF ROCK AIRS SATURDAY


R.E.M is one of the seminal bands showcased on the BBC’s ongoing series, “The Seven Ages of Rock” this weekend. The latest episode (Program 6), titled “Left of the Dial: American Alternative Rock,” airs on BBC 2 Saturday June 23rd at 9:30pm. The show will include ‘Radio Free Europe’, ‘The

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MILLS BLOGS ON THE VANC BC EXPERIENCE


Hello R.E.M fans and friends,

Another great time in beautiful Van BC. That a city that nice should have two studios the quality of our new friend the Armoury and old friend the Warehouse is a fine thing indeed.

We had a lot of fun laying down the

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INSTANT KARMA OUT TODAY


Featuring an amazing group of songs performed by an amazing lineup including R.E.M, U2, Snow Patrol, Green Day, The Flaming Lips, and Regina Spektor, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur CD is available in stores and online for purchase today. Sales from the two-disc CD, consisting of

BRIGHT EYES ON TOUR THIS SUMMER


As we continue to gear up for R.E.M in Dublin, Ireland this summer, we’ve been keeping our eyes open for signs of activity from some of our favorite bands, one of which is Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes. Bright Eyes just wrapped up touring the United States with

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HQ SUMMER UPDATE


With a whole host of things going on in the R.E.M. world between the Vancouver and Dublin recording sessions, here’s your summer installment of the HQ Update (R.E.M.-related happenings and miscellany):

PETER BUCK HITS THE ROAD IN EUROPE

Peter is out on the road with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 for

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INSTANT KARMA COMPILATION ON MTV.COM TUESDAY


Beyond his well-documented contributions to the musical canon, in life and death, John Lennon remains a symbol of peace. It is apt then that a selection of some of his greatest songs are the basis for Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur, a compilation being released June 12 to

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GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME HONORS R.E.M. AT TRIBUTE CONCERT TONIGHT


If you happen to be in the Macon, Georgia, area tonight, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is hosting a First Friday tribute concert and exhibition in honor of R.E.M. this evening beginning at 6pm. First Friday Around The Sun will feature a performance by Athens’ band Modern Skirts