R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck will join his sometimes colleagues in the Minus 5 for a short U.S. tour and a March 13 appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." The dates, scheduled to begin in Seatt

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck will join his sometimes colleagues in the Minus 5 for a short U.S. tour and a March 13 appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." The dates, scheduled to begin in Seattle in late February, come in support of an upcoming split CD, Minus 5 Vs. The Young Fresh Fellows' "Let The War Against Music Begin" / "Because We Hate You," due Feb. 27 on Mammoth. Both bands feature multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey, who has been a long-time contributor to R.E.M's albums and live shows.



"Usually at this time of year I go on a tri-state killing spree," Buck said in a statement. "But this year I decided to go on tour with the Minus 5."



For Buck, the activity will presage the release of R.E.M.'s next Warner Bros. album, "Reveal," in May. Last weekend, the group played its first show since the fall of 1999 at the Rock In Rio Festival in Rio De Janiero, unveiling two songs -- "The Lifting" and "She Just Wants To Be" -- set to appear on the new set.



Here are the Minus 5's confirmed tour dates:

March 1: Los Angeles (Knitting Factory, with Young Fresh Fellows)

March 3-4: San Francisco (Bottom Of The Hill, with Young Fresh Fellows / Noise Pop Festival)

March 12: New York (Mercury Lounge)

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