R.E.M. Embark On Long-Awaited North American Tour Late This Summer

On September 1 at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, R.E.M. will set out on their first North American Tour since 1999. The veteran rockers will be on the road through October 11 and will play arenas, outdoor amphitheaters, and two nights at the Liberty State Park in NJ, along the way. According to Billboard, tickets to some shows will be available as early as April 12, but check the band's official website for pre-sale opportunities. Some opening acts have already been selected, including Wilco, Ed Harcourt, and Sparklehorse. More are expected to be announced before the tour gets rolling.

As previously reported, R.E.M. became one of a growing number of prominent musicians to voice their opinion of the war in Iraq by posting a new, anti-war song on their official website. Check out R.E.M.'s tour schedule for this year.

R.E.M. Tour Dates:

09.01.03 - Seattle, WA (Bumbershoot Festival)

09.03.03 - Portland, OR (New Amphitheater, w/ Wilco)

09.06.03 - Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre, w/ Wilco)

09.07.03 - San Diego, CA (Street Scene)

09.10.03 - Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl, w/ Wilco)

09.11.03 - Las Vegas, NV (Thomas and Mack Center, w/ Wilco)

09.13.03 - Morrison, CO (Red Rocks, w/ Wilco)

09.14.03 - Morrison, CO (Red Rocks, w/ Wilco)

09.16.03 - Minneapolis, MN (Xcel Energy Center, w/ Ed Harcourt)

09.17.03 - Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre, w/ Ed Harcourt)

09.19.03 - Dallas, TX (NextStage, w/ Ed Harcourt)

09.20.03 - Houston, TX (Mitchell Pavilion, w/ Ed Harcourt)

09.21.03 - Austin, TX (Austin City Limits)

09.23.03 - New Orleans, LA (Lakefront Arena, w/ Sparklehorse)

09.24.03 - Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater, w/ Sparklehorse)

09.26.03 - Chicago, IL (United Center, w/ Sparklehorse)

09.27.03 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Blossom Music Center, w/ Sparklehorse)

09.28.03 - Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills, w/ Sparklehorse)

09.30.03 - Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre, w/ Sparklehorse)

10.01.03 - Philadelphia, PA (Mann Center)

10.03.03 - Jersey City, NJ (Liberty State Park)

10.04.03 - Jersey City, NJ (Liberty State Park)

10.05.03 - Boston, MA (Tweeter Center)

10.08.03 - Washington, DC (MCI Center)

10.09.03 - Chapel Hill, NC (Dean Smith Center)

10.11.03 - Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena)

R.E.M. Embark On Long-Awaited North American Tour Late This Summer