perform three songs with original drummer Bill Berry to
celebrate its induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame,
to be held September 16 in Atlanta.
Berry has played
only three times with his longtime colleagues since
exiting the band in 1997, most prominently at the October
2005 wedding of R.E.M. guitar tech Dewitt Burton. At
that performance, the foursome played a seven-song set
of classic early material, including "Sitting Still,"
"Radio Free Europe" and "Wolves, Lower." In April,
Berry joined out vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter
Buck, and bassist Mike Mills to perform R.E.M.'s
"Country Feedback" at an Athens, Ga., show by Buck's
side band, the Minus 5.
Hall of Fame induction, R.E.M. will end a yearlong hiatus
and hit the studio to begin work on the follow-up to 2004's
critically maligned Around the Sun. That album
debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200.
In the meantime,
the band's first five years will be celebrated with the
CD/DVD package And I Feel Fine, due September 12 via
I.R.S./Capitol. The collection includes the first authorized
release of a number of long-bootlegged rare tracks.