R.E.M.'s promotional performance plans in support of its upcoming album are growing in North America. The band is set to play a May 17 free outdoor concert in downtown Toronto, just two days after War
R.E.M.'s promotional performance plans in support of its upcoming album are growing in North America. The band is set to play a May 17 free outdoor concert in downtown Toronto, just two days after Warner Bros. releases its latest set, "Reveal."
A spokesperson for the band's management confirms that the lunchtime show will take place at the corner of Toronto's Yonge and Dundas Streets. The area has in the past hosted a free concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well a record store appearance by Ricky Martin.
R.E.M., which has vowed not to mount a traditional tour in support of "Reveal," is nearing the end of a busy European promotional run that will wrap on Saturday (May 12) with a free show in Cologne's Central Square. During the trip, the band performed in London's Trafalgar Square as part of a South African Freedom Day celebration, and appeared on television and radio programs in Milan, Paris, and Madrid.
R.E.M. is due to perform on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" on the day of the album's North American release. The Toronto show is its only other scheduled appearance on the continent. While an announcement on the band's official Web site notes that there are "big plans ahead for Canada, Japan, and Australia," the spokesperson could not confirm any U.S. plans, or those for any further international destinations.
"Reveal" was recorded in Vancouver, Dublin, and in the band's hometown of Athens, Ga. Frequent collaborators and touring musicians Ken Stringfellow (Posies) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows) appear on the album, as does drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Smashing Pumpkins), filling the seat left empty by the exit of Bill Berry.
The band found itself in the news last month not for its promotional activities, but for guitarist Peter Buck's arrest for allegedly assaulting two crew members on a flight from Seattle to London. He is due to appear in a U.K. court on June 18.