R.E.M. begins an extensive tour of North America and Europe this Friday at Deer Lake Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they’ll be joined by special guests Modest Mouse and The National. The summer concerts in support of ACCELERATE mark R.E.M.’s first full-fledged tour since 2004, although the band debuted their new material earlier this year at SXSW, the Langerado Festival, and the Royal Albert Hall.
The North American leg of the tour includes 15 shows and concludes on June 21st in Atlanta at Lakewood Amphitheatre. R.E.M. will begin their tour of Europe in Amsterdam on July 2nd (click HERE for details and ticket information).
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR (May 23rd-June 21st)
23–Vancouver–Deer Lake Park
29–Los Angeles–Hollywood Bowl
31–Berkeley–The Greek Theatre
01–Berkeley–The Greek Theatre
03–Denver–Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05–St. Paul–Xcel Energy Center
10–Raleigh–Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
11–Washington, DC–Merriweather Post Pavilion
13–Boston–Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
14–Long Island–Jones Beach Theater
18–Philadelphia–Mann Center for the Performing Arts
19–New York City–Madison Square Garden
Here is a roundup of some of the latest Tour Press and other news:
Rolling Stone interview with Mike Mills
Canadian Press Interview with Mike
A review of ACCELERATE from the Vancouver Sun
and an interesting perspective on R.E.M. fans at BLACKMARKS.net
Finally, in other news, be sure to tune in to WBWC’s Summer Marathon Series tomorrow (Thursday, May 22nd) to enjoy 18 hours of R.E.M.