And we've got all the dates here. They're gonna be busy...

The Thrills and Bright Eyes are among the acts who will be joining REM as support on the 2005 leg of their world tour.

Joseph Arthur and Brainstorm also join the American rockers during their jaunt, which kicks off in Lisbon on January 7.


will announce a host of other supports, including those for the UK and Ireland, South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong shortly.

The dates and confirmed supports so far are:

Lisbon Atlantico Arena (January 7) (Joseph Arthur)

Madrid Palacio Vistalegro (8) (Joseph Arthur)

Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi (8) (Joseph Arthur)

Marseille Dome St Just (11) (Joseph Arthur)

Geneva Arena (12) (Joseph Arthur)

Basle St Jakobshalle (13) (Joseph Arthur)

Milan Forum di Assago (15) (Joseph Arthur)

Bolzano Palaonda (16) (Brainstorm)

Ljubljana Hala Tivoli (17) (Brainstorm)

Zagreb Dom Sportova (19) (Brainstorm)

Belgrade New Arena (21) (Brainstorm)

Budapest Sport Arena (22) (Brainstorm)

Prague Sazka Arena (23) (Brainstorm)

Riga Kipsa Exhibition Hall (25) (Brainstorm)

Tallinn Saka Suur Hall (26) (Brainstorm)

St Petersburg Ice Arena (27) (Brainstorm)

Helsinki Hartwell (29) (Brainstorm)

Stockholm Globe (31) (The Thrills)

Oslo Spektrum (February 1) (The Thrills)

Rotterdam Ahoy (3) (The Thrills)

Oberhausen Kopi Arena (4) (The Thrills)

Hannover Preussag Arena (5) (The Thrills)

Antwerp Sportpalais (7) (The Thrills)

Paris Bercy (8) (The Thrills)

Vienna Stadhalle (11) (The Thrills)

Stuttgart Schleyerhalle (12) (The Thrills)

Liepzig Arena (13) (The Thrills)

Berlin Velodrom (15) (The Thrills)

Copenhagen Forum (16) (The Thrills)

Hamburg Color Line Arena (17) (The Thrills)

Carling Apollo Hammersmith (February 19)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (21)

Glasgow SECC (22)

Birmingham NEC (23)

Belfast Odyssey (25)

Dublin Point Theatre (26/27)

Cape Town Bellville Velodrome (March 3)

Durban ABSA Stadium (8)

Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome (10)

Tokyo Budokan (15)

Nagoya Geijyutsu Gekijyo (17)

Osaka Grand Cube (18)

Hong Kong (Wanchai) Convention & Exhibition (20)

Christchurch Westpac (24) (Bright Eyes)

New Plymouth Bowl Of Brooklands (26) (Bright Eyes)

Brisbane Entertainment Centre (29) (Bright Eyes)

Sydney Entertainment Centre (31) (Bright Eyes)

Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (April 3) (Bright Eyes)

Adelaide Entertainment Centre (6) (Bright Eyes)

Perth Burswood Dome (8) (Bright Eyes)

Graz Freizeitzentrum (June 5)

Lancashire County Cricket Ground (June 17)

Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park (18)

Gothenburg Tragarn (21)

Oslo Ullevall Stadium (22)

Stavanger Viking Stadion (23)

Horsens Stadium (25)

Bonn Museumplatz (28)

Dresden Elbufer (29)

Hull The KC Stadium (July 5)

Nottingham Forest Football Club (6)

Ipswich Town Football Club (8)

London Hyde Park (9)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (10)

For ticket avaialability for the UK shows [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

REM are currently touring North America in support of new album ‘Around The Sun’. A single from the album, ‘Aftermath’, is released in the UK on November 29.