Finally, REM to rock SA

Rock pioneers REM will be heading to South Africa for a nationwide tour in March next year, it was announced on Wednesday.

The tour will kick off in Cape Town on March 3. The band will then play in Durban on March 8 and in Johannesburg on March 10.

The tour was announced in Johannesburg at a listening session by Gallo Records for their new album, Around The Sun, which is due for worldwide release on October 4.

REM singer Michael Stipe, in a recorded message, said: “Thank you for listening to the album, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have making it… [We will be there] in the beginning of next year to see your country, finally.”

Around The Sun is REM’s thirteenth studio album and their first studio release in three years.

“I’m sure the tickets will sell out. I think we are in for a really big one,” said Tracy Fraser, South African marketing director for Warner Music International.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale from September 29.
- Sapa