R.E.M. Play New Songs In Rio

New album, tour from Momus

R.E.M. played their first show in 16 months at the Rock in Rio Festival on Monday, Jan. 15 before more than 135,000 music fans, according to band manager Bertis Downs. The group performed two new songs from their upcoming album, Reveal — "The Lifting" and "She Just Wants to Be" — along with hits such as "The One I Love" and less frequently performed "Find the River" and "Finest Worksong." On the group's official site,, Downs wrote that the show had a unique "spirit and an energy that seems overwhelming in such a large place filled with people who truly love the music." Reveal will be released in May. The group has re-launched the site, which looks great and features a section of regular newsy "Dispatches," often penned by Downs, with occasional reports from the bandmembers ... Momus' next album, Folktronic, is coming Jan. 30. He hits the road later this week with Stars and Alchemy Jones for a West Coast tour, beginning at the Knitting Factory in L. A. Jan. 18, then proceeding to the Capitol Garage in Sacramento Jan. 21, hitting San Francisco for shows at the Bottom of the Hill Jan. 22–23, and heading north for shows in Portland at Reed College (just for Reed students) Jan. 25. The tour concludes in Seattle at the Crocodile Café Jan. 27. [Wednesday, January 17, 2001]

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