R.E.M. will headline an April 29 open-air concert in London's Trafalgar Square in celebration of South Africa Day. Other acts slated to perform include the Corrs and Spice Girl Mel B. Proceeds will go

R.E.M. will headline an April 29 open-air concert in London's Trafalgar Square in celebration of South Africa Day. Other acts slated to perform include the Corrs and Spice Girl Mel B. Proceeds will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Prince's Trust organizations.

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, speaking today (April 5) on BBC Radio 1, said "It makes us very proud to lend our support to mark this important day in world history." April 29 will mark the seven-year anniversary of the South African elections in which Mandela was chosen the first black President of the historically race-torn nation.

It will be only the third performance by the veteran rock band since 1999, following two January appearances in Brazil, including a stop at the Rock In Rio festival. The trio's 12th album, "Reveal," is due May 15, with first single "Imitation Of Life" appearing at retail week earlier.

In other R.E.M. news, today marks another special anniversary special for the band, which first performed together as a four-piece on April 5, 1980, at a friend's birthday party in Athens, Ga. Drummer Bill Berry left the group in 1997, after the release of its 10th album, "New Adventures In Hi-Fi.""

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