R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has taken time out from the band's recent promotional efforts in support of its newest album "Up," and recorded a pro-conservation public service announcement on behalf of the Washington Wilderness Coalition.In the spot, Buck states that the "wilderness can't be replaced. We need to protect what's left before it's all gone," (see the PSA at www.ourforests.org) and asks that those who want to become more involved call a special toll-free number set up by the conservation group, 1-877-2-ACT-NOW. The message is particularly relevant to Buck, who relocated from R.E.M.'s home-base of Athens, Georgia, to Seattle several years ago. The PSA, which is airing on both television and radio stations, marks the second time members of R.E.M. have allied themselves with the Wilderness Coalition, an organization dedicated to protecting forests in the Northwest from destructive logging and mining practices.
In September, R.E.M. was among a group of musicians that joined with the WWC in requesting a personal conference with Vice-President Gore (see "Pearl Jam, R.E.M. And Chris Cornell Want To Discuss Environment With Vice President"), a meeting which has yet to take place.As for R.E.M., the band has just premiered its new video for "Lotus," the second single off of Up," and will be featured on a VH1 "Behind the Music" special scheduled for December 6.