R.E.M. To Mount Reunion Tour Behind RSD “Unplugged” Album

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 By Blurt Staff

 A few weeks ago word arrived that late, great alt-rock godfathers R.E.M. would be issuing a special archival title for Record Store Day 2014. To quote Rolling Stone:

 The band will release Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions as part of Record Store Day on April 19th. The group is the only band to headline the popular MTV live performance show twice, and will release, alongside complete versions of both concerts, 11 unaired songs. The 4-LP set will initially be released on vinyl before being available on CD and digital outlets on May 20th. The unaired tracks — five from the band’s 1991 set and six from their 2001 show — include tracks from 1998’s Up and 2001’s Reveal, as well as a more somber version of 1987’s “The One I Love.”

 

In that same report bassist Mike Mills told the Stone that no official reunions are in the offing: “We said we’re done and we’re done,” he stated. However, Mills was a guest at the recent BLURT day party in Austin during SXSW as part of The Baseball Project (go here to view a photo of Mills performing), and he let it slip that, in fact, the band is “so goddam excited about these MTV sessions coming to light again, given that we owe our entire career to MTV, not to mention the fact that Downtown Julie Brown was a fuggin’ fox,” they’ve decided to do a short run of concerts in honor of their unprecedented “Unplugged” two-fer.

It will feature the “classic” lineup of Mills, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Bill Berry, along with latterday R.E.M. multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey (on Mellotron during the fan-fave “King Crimson tribute” segment) and drummer Bill Rieflin (who will help the band fulfill Buck’s longstanding ambition to be “the most kickass Southern Rock band since the Allman Brothers”). “Let’s face it,” said Mills. “Not even Nirvana, Plant & Page or Alice In Chains mustered TWO “Unplugged” appearances. That pretty much says it all.” Indeed it does. Watch a classic clip of R.E.M. on “Unplugged” right here, and below are listed the upcoming tour dates.

    5-17-2014 – Gulf Shores, AL, USA – The Hangout Festival 5-17-2014 Gulf Shores, AL, USA

    The Hangout Festival

    5-24-2014 – Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal, Nuits Botanique 5-24-2014 Brussels, Belgium

    Cirque Royal, Nuits Botanique

    5-26-2014 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – Usher Hall 5-26-2014 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

    Usher Hall

    5-27-2014 – Manchester, England, UK – O2 Apollo 5-27-2014 Manchester, England, UK

    O2 Apollo

    5-28-2014 – London, England, UK – O2 Academy Brixton 5-28-2014 London, England, UK

    O2 Academy Brixton

    5-29-2014 – Nottingham, England, UK – Capital FM Arena Nottingham 5-29-2014 Nottingham, England, UK

    Capital FM Arena Nottingham

    5-31-2014 – Dublin, Ireland – Forbidden Fruit Festival 5-31-2014 Dublin, Ireland

    Forbidden Fruit Festival

    6-6-2014 – Ozark, AR, USA – Wakarusa Music Festival 6-6-2014 Ozark, AR, USA

    Wakarusa Music Festival

    6-8-2014 – Austin, TX, USA – X Games Austin, Austin 360 Amphitheater 6-8-2014 Austin, TX, USA

    X Games Austin, Austin 360 Amphitheater

    6-10-2014 – Saint Louis, MO, USA – The Pageant 6-10-2014 Saint Louis, MO, USA

    The Pageant

    6-12-2014 – Detroit, MI, USA – The Fillmore Detroit 6-12-2014 Detroit, MI, USA

    The Fillmore Detroit

    6-14-2014 – Manchester, TN, USA – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

 

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