rem set to accelerate
  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008

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When the centennial clock reset itself eight years ago REM’s historically rich album output pretty much fluttered down to a crawl. For the band’s diehards, the 21st century has offered only two albums (compare that to the 11 releases REM delivered in the 80’s and 90’s) of original tracks to take stock in; that being Reveal and Around the Sun. But this April Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills will return with Accelerate; the band’s first album in four years. Slated for an April 1st release date on Warner Brothers, Accelerate was recorded in Vancouver, Dublin, and the band’s home town of Athens, GA with Jacknife Lee – a Grammy Award-winning producer who has most notably worked with U2, as well as Bloc Party.

Accelerate is available for pre-order now HERE.

To celebrate the release, the band has plans to hit the road this summer, snagging both Modest Mouse and The National for the supporting duties in North America. Check out the full list of dates below.

R.E.M. On Tour:
3/8 Langerado Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation
3/12 Austin Stubb's Bar-B-Que SXSW
5/23 Vancouver Deer Lake Park*
5/29 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl*
5/31 Berkeley The Greek Theatre*
6/03 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
6/06 Chicago United Center*
6/08 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre*
6/10 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
6/11 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion*
6/13 Boston Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts*
6/14 Long Island Jones Beach Theater*
6/18 Philadelphia Mann Center for the Performing Arts*
6/19 New York City TBA*
6/21 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre*
* - w/ Modest Mouse and The National

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