R .E.M.'s summer tour of the United States will feature pop-rock
band Wilco, neo-prog-rockers Mercury Rev and Brit-pop
group Spacehog as opening acts, Warner Bros. Records announced
Monday March 22). Arty underground rock bands Elf Power and
Olivia Tremor Control will replace Wilco for one show each during
a three-night stand in R.E.M.'s hometown, Athens, Ga., in late August.
The outing kicks off Aug. 9 in Los Angeles.