REM won't tour Collapse Into Now

Guitarist Peter Buck says band have no plans to take their new album on the road, claiming their last tour was exhausting

REM will not tour in support of their new album, Collapse Into Now. After decades of gigging, the band have no plans to "repeat themselves" with a calendar of concert dates, according to guitarist Peter Buck. "I'm not really sure that touring sells records," he said.

REM last toured in 2008, playing 77 dates from Vancouver to Southampton to Mexico City. But that six-month stretch is still fresh in their minds. "We just toured, it seemed like, last week," Buck told Beatweek (via Spinner). Promoting REM's 2008 album, Accelerate, "[it felt] to some degree ... like we'd just been doing kind of the same thing we did last time. You just don't really want to repeat yourself in that way."

Bassist Mike Mills confirmed the touring decision in a new interview with German Rolling Stone: "We won't tour," he said. "It makes me sad, but the last tour was exhausting – 2008 was a very long year ... I love touring, and of course I would appreciate the money, but at this point in time it would not be the right thing for us [to do]." Frontman Michael Stipe shared the sentiment. "I just don't want to," he said. "You have to listen to your instinct."

Although a tour is not on the cards, this doesn't necessarily mean that REM will not play any live shows. "We'll just see what happens," Buck said. But neither are the band in any hurry to return to the studio. "This was the last record for our contract with Warner Bros, and we're not sure where we're going to take things from here," Mills told the Huffington Post. "We'll figure what we're doing next a little bit later."


Sean Michaels

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