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R.E.M. Showcased in DirectTV Concert

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MUSIC CHOICE, the premier music television network, announced today the airing of an exclusive MUSIC CHOICE® concert featuring one of the most innovative and influential rock bands of all time, R.E.M. The exclusive concert will reach over 44 million homes, airing in over 100 cable systems from April 26th through May 16th, and on DIRECTV® throughout the month of May. The concert features R.E.M. performing many of the hits that are featured on their Warner Bros. DVD, “Perfect Square.”

Filmed before a sold-out crowd at the outdoor Bowling Green in Wiesbaden, Germany, band members Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck perform the music that has distinguished R.E.M. as one of the most progressive, successful bands of the last twenty years. Concert viewers will hear the creative vitality of the band as they perform “Losing My Religion,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” “Orange Crush,” “Everybody Hurts,” and “Bad Day.” The concert includes many more fan favorites such as “All the Way to Reno,” and “Begin the Begin.”

R.E.M. recently returned from a World Tour to promote their latest Warner Bros. release, “In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003,” which includes eighteen essential tracks that remind us all over again of the band’s key role in shaping the sound of the last two decades. Michael Stipe says, “We think of this Best Of album as the close of a chapter. It’s a way of saying thanks to our fans, putting a bookend on everything that’s come before, and making way for what’s still to come.”

MUSIC CHOICE® Presents R.E.M. features a 75-minute concert which will air throughout the month of May in over 12 million DIRECTV® households. A 60-minute version will be available in over 32 million cable households through May 16th.

For show times in your area, visit http://www.musicchoice.com.

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