REM is back, and they are serious. The band, which has many fans will be taking over Sirius Spectrum for an entire week beginning March 31st, 2008. Radio REM will feature exclusive interviews, and playlists spanning the 30 years career of the band.
Sirius announced today that R.E.M. will take over its Spectrum channel for an entire week. Radio R.E.M. will launch in conjunction with the release of the band's 14th studio album Accelerate and feature music from band's expansive repertoire. The channel will premiere on Monday, March 31 at 7 am ET.
Radio R.E.M., hosted exclusively by band members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, will include insights from the band on the inspiration for each song on Accelerate, as well as conversations with R.E.M. covering a variety of topics ranging from the state of the band to their personal worldviews.
During the take over, listeners will hear songs from R.E.M.'s nearly three-decade career as well as hand selected music from some of their favorite artists.
"R.E.M.'s creative contributions to music are unparalleled and for three decade these rock pioneers have defined what it means to be 'alternative'," said Scott Greenstein, SIRIUS President, Entertainment and Sports. "SIRIUS is the only place R.E.M. fans will be able to listen to music from the band's entire catalog, every song from its new release, and hear exclusive interviews from the band's prolific members."
Accelerate, in stores April 1st, is R.E.M.'s 14th studio album. The album was recorded in Vancouver, Canada; Dublin, Ireland; and R.E.M.'s hometown of Athens, Ga. with Grammy® Award winning producer Jacknife Lee, who is noted for his work with U2 (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb), as well as Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Kasabian. One of rock's best-selling and most critically acclaimed bands, the multiple award-winning trio, along with original drummer Bill Berry, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007. R.E.M. will kick off their world tour May 23rd in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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