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STRINGS DOWN UNDA


Ken Stringfellow just sent word from Down Under that he will be supporting the band Even in Australia during April as well as playing some solo shows in New Zealand on the following dates in the following locations.

4/9 The Zoo, Brisbane
4/10 The Annandale Hotel, Sydney
4/12 The Basement @

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PHOTOS OF R.E.M.’S ARRIVAL IN NEW PLYMOUTH


We’ve just received these photos of the band’s arrival in New Plymouth which Bertis chronicled in his Postcard from New Plymouth/Taranaki yesterday: “Our arrival at the airport here today was also something pretty unique as the band received a high honor…a warm, spiritual, musical welcome by some of the Maori

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POSTCARD FROM NEW PLYMOUTH/TARANAKI


Tonight’s show, just completed,  was one of the best of the tour. I don’t know why…something in the air–(the moist air due to the daylong rain that greeted our arrival and stayed with us pretty relentlessly through the show); great support sets from Bright Eyes and The

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HONG KONG REVIEW


Click below to read a review of R.E.M.’s show in Hong Kong a the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The band played HK on Sunday, March 20th.

Hong Kong Review

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MILLS IN CHRISTCHURCH


Photos are coming in from the New Zealand swing of the tour. The band played Christchurch on March 24th and will play New Plymouth the 26th. Please stay tuned for updates as we get them…

(photo by David Belisle)

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THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD TALKS TO MICHAEL


From the Sydney Morning Herald: Michael Stipe may be in Nagoya, Japan, but he’s not there for a quick whisky commercial; None of that on-the-quiet big advertising money favoured by the great and good of Western popular culture for the 45-year-old rake-thin, bald and often blue-eye-shadowed singer of REM

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE TOURING VIDEO


XL Video’s live music division kicked off what promises to be another very busy year supplying full video production to R.E.M.’s European tour – the first time that R.E.M. has ever carried touring video. The video concept and the very specific look that R.E.M. wanted was originally developed by lighting

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SOME PHOTOS FROM JAPAN


The band had a GREAT time in Japan, and David Belisle & Bob Weber sent us a few photos. Enjoy!

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R.E.M. NOMINATED FOR CROATIAN PORIN AWARD


R.E.M is honored to be nominated for a 2005 Croatian Porin Award. This award is the highest honor in Croatian music awards, similar to the Grammy Awards in the United States.

In the category of Best Foreign Video Program, R.E.M. has been nominated for Perfect Square, the live

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POSTCARD FROM THE LAST NIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA


It has been a very interesting ten days here in South Africa; with extended visits to both Cape Town and Johannesburg, cities about as different as San Francisco is from Chicago. And the Trafalgar Square show in 2001 for Nelson Mandela was one of those times you always remember,

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POSTCARD AFTER A FEW DAYS OFF IN CAPE TOWN


We have all enjoyed our several days here. Two tremendous shows in front of some of the most enthusiastic, raucous crowds R.E.M. has ever seen (and heard); On Saturday night, the staccato clapping part during the bridge, where the audience mimics the sounds on stage, literally was louder than the

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THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD PART OF THE WORLD TOUR


R.E.M resumed their tour in Cape Town, South Africa, this evening with a rousing set at Bellville Velodrome. Word just in from Bertis via mobile phone that it was one of the most intense and captivating shows of the tour thus far with a fired-up South African audience of

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WATCH ELECTRON BLUE VIDEO


You can check out the video for R.E.M.’s latest single, Electron Blue, by clicking on the banner at the top of the main news page.

Electron Blue was released as the third single from Around the Sun on Monday, February 28th. The video was made with Blue Leach from screen

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POSTCARD AS WE LEAVE EUROPE


We are in the Departure Lounge of Dublin’s airport, getting ready for a lot of flying (to Cape Town), then a few days before our first-ever show in South Africa (Friday night in Cape Town).

What a great weekend—it was Ireland after all. Belfast was the realization of a long-time

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FRIDAY UPDATE FROM BELFAST


Although R.E.M has played the Republic of Ireland many times in previous years–the first being in 1984 at SFX and the last being at Marlay Park in 2003–the guys have never journeyed up North until now. So, it is with great anticipation and a sense of “we finally made