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QUICK POSTCARD FROM THE MIDLANDS


London was tremendous in every way–show, aftershow, friends, families, city, press–all fun, all great…even some sunshine and a day (yesterday) to rest up for the stretch run here in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. The show at the Apollo was our second in 6 months

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LONDON UPDATE PLUS NEW TOUR MERCH IN THRIFTSTORE


R.E.M is in London today for a show at the Apollo Theatre. Support will be from Athens’ band Now it’s Overhead. Tonight’s show will mark the first in a string of five UK concerts. R.E.M. will play Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

ELECTRON BLUE
Electron Blue

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NEWS FLASH FROM HAMBURG VIA BERTIS FROM SIDE OF STAGE


Something about last nights with support bands we love… tonight in Hamburg marks the end of The Thrills opening run with us, which started a couple of weeks ago in Stockholm. So as a great send-off, Peter did his usual mandolin turn on “The Curse of Comfort,” then a

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BRIEF UPDATE FROM THE NEXT MORNING IN LEIPZIG


All you need to know about the Stuttgart show is it started with I Took Your Name and finished with Iggy Pop’s classic I Wanna be your Dog (marking the first time on the tour they have played on beyond Man on the Moon) and in between there

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POSTCARD FROM VIENNA


Things are a little hectic in Vienna, at least in my world, so I will be brief in my Friday update….maybe the two day break got me out of practice. It was nice having the short respite in an otherwise-intense pace; people either spent the days off in Paris

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MICHAEL IN NEW BLENDER


Blender.com has an interview they’ve just posted with Michael in which R.E.M’s singer fields questions from fans about the coolest thing he owns, the TV show he would most like to appear on, a bad hair day that lasted an entire year, and much more. Please click here

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MORE NEW PHOTOS!


We have more new photos posted in the Live section. Check out the latest collection of shots from Hannover and Oberhausen as submitted by our intrepid, nonpareil photographers, Weber and Belisle…

Just click on the new photo link on the main news page to go straight there.

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POSTCARD FROM OBERHAUSEN


We are in Oberhausen Arena, where we last played the night after the 1999 Glastonbury appearance (leading to the No Shows the Night After Glastonbury Rule in effect ever since…); the Cologne area is a favorite of all of ours, with the amazing 2001 cathedral plaza free show still fresh,

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JAPAN SUPPORT ANNOUNCED


Japanese 3-piece rock outfit, doa, will support R.E.M during the band’s swing through Japan, March 16th-18th. doa, who made their major label debut in 2004, have a new record, Open D, coming out this month according to their website: d-o-a.jp. Of particular interest is the

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ELECTRON BLUE SINGLE DETAILS


Electron Blue will be released as a single on February 28th. Here are full details for the CD Maxi Single (International):

1. Electron Blue 3:53
Produced by Pat McCarthy & R.E.M.
Mixed by Pat McCarthy
Engineered by Jamie Candiloro

2. Sweetness Follows (Live) 4:07
Recorded by Brett Eliason in Cincinnati on October 27,

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POSTCARD FROM HELSINKI (REV. ED)


We are rested and ready to go again after the unfortunate cancellation of the St Petersburg show–that was a drastic move, but one we felt we had to make since, if the trucks and gear are there (at the border), you cannot do the show…we felt horrible about it

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BALTIC TOUR BEGINS IN RIGA


The band is in Riga, Latvia, tonight for a concert at Kipsala International Exhibition Hall with support from Brainstorm. Earlier today, Bertis phoned in with an update from Riga, which he described as “a beautiful park-strewn City laden with a foot of snow; we received an enthusiastic response at the

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POSTCARD FROM PRAGUE


We are in Prague, where in 1995 we finally got to play in August after cancelling in March for Bill’s brain surgery and in July for Mike’s abdominal surgery. This time, as of just before showtime, all are healthy and fit as fiddles, and the way the shows have

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RADIO FREE EUROPE IN BELGRADE!


R.E.M cranked out 25 year-old classic and rarely played fan favorite “Radio Free Europe” during the encore of their show in Belgrade tonight at Hala 1 Belgrade Fair Arena. Michael donned a B-92 Radio Station t-shirt during the song in honor of the underground station that, despite the war