The California swing of the tour wrapped up Sunday night in Berkeley after two shows at the Greek Theatre following on the heels of the Hollywood Bowl concert last Thursday. The Berkeley shows have been described by various people as the best of the tour so far on a tour that has already had many big moments and has the fans buzzing everywhere. Click HERE for some excellent photos of the guys in Berkeley and also check out the Berkeley tour pages for more great photos, video, and blogs.

The band is now in Denver (actually Morrison, CO) where tonight they will perform for a sell-out crowd at one of the most fabled venues in the American musical landscape…Red Rocks. Bertis says, “It is a gorgeous day in Denver, and we expect the Red Rocks show tonight to be a lot of fun for all with friends in from all over the country and a band that is playing with as much energy and enthusiasm as since about 1981.” Indeed…

Be sure to check the Red Rocks tour page for photos, videos, and blogs and if you’re in the audience you can upload your own from your cell phone.

After Denver, R.E.M. moves on to St. Paul where they’ll play Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center and then Chicago Friday night at the United Center.

For an insightful recap of LA and Berkeley please read these excellent reviews by Joshua Stecker:

Hollywood Bowl

Greek Theatre

More to follow…

ps: Please be sure to read these two great interviews with Peter and Mike

Peter talks to SFBlog.com about the new record, the tour, and some of his current side projects including his work with world-renowned Rumi-translator and poet , Coleman Barks; The project is called “Coleman Barks featuring Tuatara” and the album is titled “The Here And The Gone.” Barrett Martin of Tuatara is currently doing final edits and mixes in New Mexico and the record should be ready for a Fall release. Peter has also recorded a baseball-themed record with friends Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn. More on that release when we have details.

And while we’re on the subject of Tuatara, check out Fast Horse Recordings where you can pick up their available CDs:

East Of The Sun

West Of The Moon


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Mike talks to the Chicago Tribune about the making of ACCELERATE and the creative process behind the R.E.M. ethos…