R.E.M. Announce Opening Acts

R.E.M., Frank Black, Elvis Costello, Coldcut, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Nashville Pussy, Metallica, Ted Nugent...

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.