13 January 2011
We have all been wondering whether R.E.M. will tour to promote their latest outing Collapse Into Now, due out in March 2011. So far, no signs of tour schedule; however, my friend Adrian has found this encouraging Peter Buck tidbit. Namely, TourDates reports the following:
The album features guest appearances from electro pop singer Peaches, Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder and punk legend Patti Smith, and although the band has toured extensively in recent years, Peter said he feels they could be tempted back onto the road.
He added to NME magazine: “I’d really like to do it, but we’ve toured a lot, so we’ll see. What I will say is that when Eddie Vedder was listening to a playback of the album he said, ‘This would be great to take on tour’. But we’ll see.”
However, please don’t get overexcited just yet, and here’s why. My friend Christophe with Universal Trendsetter reports that The Baseball Project’s second album, titled Volume 2: High and Inside, is also due out in March. Not only that the two releases will coincide, but Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey will be busy touring with The Baseball Project: as reported by Christophe, “The Baseball Project will devote much of 2011 to touring in support of this new release, beginning with a run of Cactus League appearances in Arizona during Spring Training and multiple shows during this year’s SXSW Music Conference in March.” In normal circumstances I would have said “YAY!”, however, this announcement kinda questions the whole idea of an R.E.M.’s tour – unless they decide to merge the two tours at some point, which would be super awesome. Anyway, we’ll keep you updated; meanwhile, as soon as The Baseball Project announce their tour dates, grab those tickets just in case!
Speaking of The Baseball Project, Christophe has also found this very cool bootleg DVD of their show at La Lunera Festival in Spain, where Mike Mills was pinch hitting for Peter. The show is recorded from the TV broadcast, so the video/audio quality is pretty good. You can download it from DimeaDozen (but you’ll have to register first). Thanks Christophe!
Also, I would like to warmly welcome Kirsten as the latest addition to the small but dedicated team of MMT’s news hunters! Kirsten is from Germany, and just like the rest of us, she is a die-hard R.E.M. and Mike Mills fan. Thanks to her, I was able to update our Reflections on Mike page, and she has also alerted me to some cool old interviews recently uploaded on Youtube by Whirp and PeterBuckRocks. Enjoy!
Mike Mills, 1985
Mike Mills & Peter Buck, 1985
Mike Mills & Michael Stipe, 1991
Mike Mills, Peter Buck & Bill Berry, 1993