R.E.M.'s original four members gave a surprise reunion performance Saturday at a friend's wedding in Athens, Ga. The gig at Kingpins Bowl & Brew marks only the second time Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills have performed with drummer Bill Berry since his retirement from the band in 1997. The seven-song set included the early tunes "Don't Go Back to Rockville," "The One I Love" and "Radio Free Europe" . . .
Further fueling rumors he's retirement-bound, Eminem will release a retrospective CD on Dec. 6 titled "Curtain Call." The track list wasn't available, but according to Aftermath/Interscope Records the set will include at least two new songs in addition to chart-toppers "Stan," "My Name Is" and "Lose Yourself" . . .
Nine Inch Nails has hired Alex Carapetis to fill in for regular drummer Jerome Dillon on the group's fall tour, which brings them to MCI Center on Nov. 2. Dillon was sidelined after several recent onstage collapses and subsequent hospitalizations related to a heart problem . . .
The Strokes have confirmed a title and release date for their upcoming third album. "First Impressions of Earth" is scheduled to be out Jan. 3 . . .
Hurricane Katrina benefit albums: Work Song, Rhino and Starbucks Hear Music will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of "I Believe to My Soul," featuring Irma Thomas, Billy Preston, Mavis Staples, Ann Peebles and Allen Toussaint, to aid in Katrina relief efforts. The disc came out Oct. 4 . . . And Nonesuch Records is releasing a benefit album, "Our New Orleans," featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, Dr. John and Dirty Dozen Brass Band, due out Nov. 22. Proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to benefit victims of the hurricane.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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