In addition to the big news surrounding the release of the I.R.S. Years CDs and DVD this September, the guys have been staying very busy with various side-projects and appearances. Here is a quick run-down of what’s happening on the R.E.M. front over the next few weeks:
MICHAEL AND NY DOLLS COLLABORATE
The first new NY Dolls record in 32 years hits stores today and features a track with Michael on vocals. âDancing on the Lip of a Volcanoâ is one of thirteen new songs by the Dolls who also turn to Iggy Pop for a vocal assist on their comeback album titled “One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This.â
MIKE TO ATTEND NOMRF CONCERT IN CHICAGO
Mike heads to the Midwest on Sunday where he plans to stop by the New Orleans Musicianâs Relief Fund Concert at the Black Orchid Theatre in Chicago. The NORMF Concert will benefit Composer Wardell Quezergue and other New Orleans music legends and will showcase a set by legendary NOLA piano man Dr. John.
NOMRF was founded by DBâs bassist, Jeff Beninato, and has received support from R.E.M. friends, Wilco, and DBâs Peter Holsapple among others.
For more info, please visit NOMRF.org
PETER AND MINUS FIVE GO TO HOLLYWOOD
Peter and the Minus 5 will take their well-travelled brand of high-energy melodic rock to the House of Blues on August 27th as part of Rickenbacker Guitarâs â75th Anniversary of the Electric Guitarâ benefit concert. The Minus 5 will share the bill with Jefferson Starship, The Smithereens, and a host of other acts. For more, please visit ric.com
GA MUSIC HALL OF FAME CEREMONY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
R.E.M. will join a distinguished list of class of â06 inductees, including Gregg Allman, Dallas Austin, Felice Bryant, and Jermaine Dupri, at this yearâs Hall of Fame ceremony at the World Congress Center on September 16th. Please visit the Gamusichall.com for more information.