Automatic for the People
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Automatic for the People

rem.jpgSorry Spice Girls: R.E.M. just one-upped you in the “most exciting concert of 2008” department.
The band, which famously played a free concert for 20,000 fans here in May 2001, announced Monday afternoon that their new tour (in support of their new album Accelerate) will feature both The National and Modest Mouse. All three bands are indisputable headliners, and it’s a fantastic combination: R.E.M. are old and established, with something to prove after 2004’s pretty-good-but-not-great Around the Sun; Modest Mouse are middle-aged and have, over the past four years, become one of the most popular bands of their genre; and The National are young and beloved but not quite famous, and have a really great habit of coupling brilliant albums with amazing live shows.
The show is happening on June 8 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Ticket cost hasn’t been revealed yet, but, well, sometimes that just doesn’t matter.
Photo from R.E.M.’s MySpace.