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REM 's Hyde Park date postponed

Story: Jack Foley

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MICHAEL Stipe's REM have announced a full UK tour, including a one-off date in London's Hyde Park on July 9, 2005.

The dates were revealed during a secret show at St James's Church, in Piccadilly, on Wednesday night (September 15, 2004), during which the band were joined on stage by Radiohead singer, Thom Yorke, as well as a select audience of 200 people.

REM will start their tour at the Hammersmith Apollo, in February, before returning to the UK in June and July, for several big venue gigs, including the highly-anticipated Hyde Park date.

Other venues include Sheffield, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Hull, Cardiff and Nottingham, and tickets go on sale on Saturday (September 18, 2004).

Turning back to Wednesday's intimate concert, Radiohead's Thom Yorke joined the band for a surprise duet during the live version of E-Bow The Letter.

The duet formed the latest collaboration between REM and Radiohead members, since the latter supported the former on 1995's Monster tour.

Wednesday's gig was also said to be notable for featuring several forthcoming tracks from the new album, Around The Sun, including forthcoming single, Leaving New York, as well as timeless classics such as Losing My Religion and Man On The Moon.

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It marked the culmination of a busy UK week for the American band, as they had earlier headlined Oxfam's Make Trade Fair benefit show, in Hammersmith, during which they were joined on-stage by Coldplay's Chris Martin.

The full dates are as follows:

Lancashire County Cricket Ground - June 17
Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park - June 18
Cardiff Millennium Stadium - July 10
Hull The KC Stadium - July 5
Nottingham Forest Football Club - July 6
London Hyde Park - July 9
Cardiff Millennium Stadium - July 10

REM take on President Bush

In other related REM news, the band has also announced their participation in a series of concerts entitled Vote For Change.

The aim of the concerts is to persuade the American people to get rid of the Bush administration at the forthcoming US elections, and they are being supported by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

The tour will group artists together, with The Boss and his E Street Band playing five dates, and joined on the bill by REM, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes.

Pearl Jam, meanwhile, will be paired with Death Cab for Cutie for six gigs, while the likes of Dave Matthews and Jurassic 5 will join My Morning Jacket for another show.

The controversial concerts are due to kick off on October 1, in Pennsylvania, with each grouping of superstars hitting a different city.

The last scheduled shows will be on October 8, in Florida, although there have been reports of a larger concert, featuring many of the top acts, which has been pencilled in for October 10 in Miami (weather permitting!).

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