R.E.M. Tour Ends With A Bang
R.E.M. wrapped its fall North American tour Saturday (Oct. 11) with a show at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. Friday's penultimate concert in Raleigh, N.C., featured a surprise guest appearance by former drR.E.M. wrapped its fall North American tour Saturday (Oct. 11) with a show at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. Friday's penultimate concert in Raleigh, N.C., featured a surprise guest appearance by former drummer Bill Berry, who sat behind the kit for a run-through of the non-album track "Permanent Vacation" and offered backing vocals on "Radio Free Europe."
Berry had not played with the band since his 1998 retirement, but did appear on stage with R.E.M. during an August 1999 show at Atlanta's Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Saturday's finale was the longest show of the tour, featuring 28 songs and such rarities as "Gardening at Night," "Wolves, Lower," "Siting Still" and "You are the Everything." R.E.M. now heads to Europe for a two-week promotional tour that will include appearances on "Top of the Pops" and "Later...with Jools Holland."
Meanwhile, videos for "I'll Take the Rain," "Electrolite," "Nightswimming," "Orange Crush" and "Bittersweet Me" are among those set for the band's upcoming greatest-hits DVD, "In View: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003" (Warner Bros.). As previously reported, the DVD is part of a three-pronged "greatest-hits" release that also includes the single-CD "In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003" as well as a double-CD version with a rarities disc.
The DVD will also include videos for "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)," "Imitation of Life," "The Great Beyond," "At My Most Beautiful," "Daysleeper," "E-Bow the Letter," "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite," "Everybody Hurts," "Man on the Moon," "Losing My Religion," "Stand," "Tongue," "How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us," "New Test Leper," "Bittersweet Me" and "Lotus."
Finally, the release will boast live performances of three songs -- "Imitation of Life," "Losing My Religion" and "Man on the Moon" -- recorded in 2001 at London's Trafalgar Square as part of a South African Freedom Day concert.