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NEW BOOK ON MURMUR OUT IN MAY


Continuum will release the latest book in its popular 33 1/3 series on May 1st, 2005. R.E.M.’s Murmur is written by J. Nimi and checks in at 128 pages.

Description from Continuum’s website:

R.E.M.’s debut album, released in 1983, was so far removed from the prevailing trends of American popular

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THE SHOWPOSTER PROJECT


For the international portions of the tour, the band commissioned 18 different show posters to be designed. You may recognize the names of some of these artists from past R.E.M. projects:

Michael Lachowski (photographer from Reveal special package)
Bruce Licher (designer of many Fan Club packages)
Matt Houston (included in the Around The

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R.E.M. AT TWENTY FIVE


Congrats on 25 great years, R.E.M.!

R.E.M celebrated their 25th anniversary yesterday in Australia during a day off in Adelaide. The celebration included dinner, toasts, and a lot of reminiscences about the night when it all started back on April 5th, 1980, at a birthday party in Athens, Georgia.

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POSTCARD FROM THE HOME STRETCH


We have a couple of days off before the final two shows of this part of the tour— in Adelaide Wednesday night and Perth on Friday, then home for a spring break and a chance to rest, revive and get ready for the summer fun in Europe starting in Spain

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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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MICHAEL ON AUSSIE TV MONDAY


Michael will be a guest on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton on Monday, April 4th, at 9:30 pm. Enough Rope airs weeknights on ABC channels in Australia.

For more information, please visit Enough Rope’s website. Please be sure to check local listings.

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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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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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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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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!