R.E.M. Recharges For 2003 Tour

R.E.M. has begun announcing dates for its first extensive world tour since 1998. The trek will begin June 27 at the U.K.'s long-running Glastonbury Festival and so far includes 18 European festival an

R.E.M. has begun announcing dates for its first extensive world tour since 1998. The trek will begin June 27 at the U.K.'s long-running Glastonbury Festival and so far includes 18 European festival and headlining dates. According to the band's official Web site, R.E.M. will touch down in North America by the fall. "As for other parts of the world, 2004 is a good guess," the site says.

"We have been locked up in the studio," frontman Michael Stipe says on the site, "and are anxious to see the outside again. So we will spend some of the next year on tour with other people who love music." Guitarist Peter Buck adds, "My kids have been asking me for the past couple of years, 'When do we get to go back on the tour bus?' So I am really excited about next summer and fall, especially that we will finally get to play Warsaw and return to Glastonbury."

Members of R.E.M.'s fan club are being offered special ticket access for the European shows. Visit the band's site for more information. R.E.M. last toured extensively in 1998, in support of the album "Up." The trek was the band's first without original drummer Bill Berry; he was replaced on-stage by drummer Joey Waronker, who has appeared on subsequent band recordings.

R.E.M. is in Vancouver working on its next Warner Bros. studio album, due sometime next year. The Athens, Ga.-based outfit's first career retrospective, rumored to include at least one new song, will surface in fall 2003.

In other R.E.M. news, the group's seminal 1987 album "Document" will be re-released in the DVD-Audio format Jan. 28 by IRS/Capitol. The set is augmented with videos for "The One I Love," "Finest Worksong," and "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," plus a discography, photo gallery, and on-screen lyrics.

Here are R.E.M.'s tour dates:

June 27: Glastonbury, England (Glastonbury Festival)
June 29: Werchter, Belgium (Werchter Festival)
July 1: Hamburg, Germany (Volkspark)
July 3: Odense, Denmark (Midtfyn Festival)
July 4: Berlin (Waldbuhne)
July 5: Munich (Kongisplatz)
July 7: Locarno, Switzerland (Piazza Grande)
July 8: Vienna (venue TBA)
July 10: Warsaw (Gwardia Stadium)
July 12: Glasgow (T in the Park)
July 13: Manchester, England (Move Festival)
July 16: Dublin (Marlay Park)
July 19: Wiesbaden, Germany (Bowling Green)
July 20: Carhaix, France (Vieilles Charrues Festival)
July 22: Padova, Italy (Stadio Euganeo)
July 23: Ancona, Italy (Stadio Del Conero)
July 24: Naples, Italy (Neapolis Festival)
July 26: Vienne, France (Cotes du Rock/Theatre Antique)