R.E.M. have set an October 28th release date for their second compilation, In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. The collection will feature two new tracks, “Bad Day” and “Animal.” The former will also be released as the album’s first single; the band shot a video for the track last month in Vancouver.
The compilation will be released on the heels of the first leg of R.E.M.’s world tour, which launched last Saturday in Holland. North American dates for the tour, the band’s first in four years, will begin August 29th in Vancouver, British Columbia, and several dates have been added to the original itinerary. A longer tour will also be scheduled for next year.
In addition to compiling In Time, the band – singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills – has been at work on its fourteenth album, which will be released next year. R.E.M. recently placed video footage of a tour rehearsal on their Web site (remhq.com), including four tracks: “Maps and Legends,” “Get Up,” “She Wants to Be” and “Walk Unafraid.”
R.E.M. Tour Dates:
8/29 – Vancouver, Thunderbird Stadium
8/31 – Missoula, MT, Adams Center
9/1 – Seattle, Bumbershoot Festival
9/3 – Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater at Clark County