The new CD is great, I would pay to see it live…if only I could!!

R.E.M. says touring is a waste
R.E.M. is refusing to tour on the back of their new album Collapse Into Now because the group is convinced a string of dates won’t help them sell records.
Guitarist Peter Buck insists touring is no longer important for the music-buying public and so strings of dates are often pointless.
He tells, “I’m not really sure that touring sells records. What sells records anymore? It seems like less and less people are buying albums.”
He also admits the band has run out of ideas to wow concertgoers.
Buck adds, “It does seem like we’ve toured a lot in the last eight or 10 years. To some degree it felt 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.”