Friday, May 16, 2008
The R.E.M. Mea Culpa Tour gets into full swing this month with a quick two-month jaunt around North America starting in Vancouver on May 23 and ending June 21 in Atlanta. From there, it's onto Europe until September.
Even when they were making noodle-limp, uber-lame albums, R.E.M.'s remained a superb live act. And now that they have a terrific, hard-rocking CD to take out on the road, R.E.M. circa 2008 is a must-see.
The band will also be making their first-ever appearance on the Austin City Limits PBS TV show this Saturday with a performance taped during March's SXSW festival. In the NYC area it is on Channel 21 at midnight. Make a pot of coffee (or if you are Michael Stipe, a soy latte.)
Here's an advance taste of "Supernatural Superserious" from the show. And you can see JM Stipe's melodic plea for relevance, "Hollow Man" on R.E.M.'s official site here. Belong.
R.E.M., "Supernatural Superserious" Austin City Limits