Red1, on 23 January 2011 - 11:09 AM, said:
Bloody hell this is such a depressing thread! Folks, they haven't confirmed anything yet (apart from Peter's musings) and it strikes me that considering the nature of the more acoustic melodies coming from this album I don't think I'd want to stand in a crowd of thousands with the vast majority bellowing for Losing My Religion. I think Peter summed it up nicely around the time of the release of Automatic saying that he didn't think people neceaasrily wanted to see him sitting on a seat playing a mandolin. CIN is a small (very small) venue type of album in my opinion. Not stadiums, not even the Royal Albert Hall. Olympia in Dublin capacity - venues like that possibly. I wouldn't be surprised if they did a few one-off shows in intimate venues, but not a thunderous tour. Doesn't suit the album.
Did you not see the very first post in this thread (which is what everyone here is replying to)?
So it comes as no surprise since we havenâ€™t heard anything about it, anyway, but the official word is R.E.M. is not touring with the new record, â€śCollapse Into Now,â€ť due out March 8. The ever lovely Bertis Downs, R.E.M. manager, said the simple answer is the band doesnâ€™t tour with every album and this is one of those cases.
As I've mentioned previously, even though this appears on the blog of Julie Phillips, the Features/Arts & Entertainment editor for the Athens Banner-Herald
, it has not been reported by any other news services, REMHQ or even the Murmurs News page. Not that it isn't true, but for something that is being reported as "official" by Ms. Phillips, it seems more than a bit odd that this story hasn't been picked up by any major music sites. So, in what capacity is it supposed to be "official"?
In regards to the album not fitting a live setting, have you not read this quote from Peter Buck as reported by New Musical Express
"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.
"We were listening to the UNC radio (station) there and they were playing an R.E.M. song. I like R.E.M. fine, but at the end of it, the DJ says, 'Ya that was R.E.M., the sound of the new South'. I looked at my roommate and we said, Gawd, if that's the sound of the new South, I preferred it when it was on the skids. That's how we got the name."
- Rick Miller of Southern Culture on the Skids