BUCK BAILED

Peter Buck is ordered to re-appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in June...

REM guitarist PETER BUCK, who was arrested on Saturday (April 21) at HEATHROW AIRPORT after an alleged air-rage incident on a flight from his native SEATTLE to ENGLAND, has been granted bail at UXBRIDGE MAGISTRATES COURT this morning (April 23) and ordered to re-appear at the court on June 18.

The millionaire guitarist, whose band release their new single ‘Imitation Of Life’ on April 30 through Warners, was charged with two common assaults on air crew, criminal damage, being drunk on an aircraft and a public order offence on the British Airways flight BA408.

As reported previously on NME.COM, Scotland Yard confirmed that he was met by officers at the airport after the captain of the ‘plane radioed ahead.

REM are due to play at the South Africa Freedom Day Concert in front of 30,000 people at London’s Trafalgar Square on Sunday (April 29).

A previous bail condition that the guitarist surrender his passport was withdrawn after his solicitor Trevor Burke asked the condition be dropped so that he could continue with the band’s current promotional tour, which will take them to Europe after a week in the UK doing TV appearances, culminating in the London live appearance on Sunday.

Buck, 44, issued a statement through the band’s manager, Bertis Downs, after this morning’s court appearance. He said: “I am grateful for the court allowing me to undertake our promotional tour. The matter will now be delayed until mid-June and of course I will be here. I am sorry for the incident and of course I am embarrassed about the whole thing. However, I have been advised not to talk about it further.”

The charges read out in Court, according to reports on Ananova, were – disobeying a lawful command of the commander of an aircraft, being drunk on an aircraft, damaging a quantity of crockery belonging to British Airways and using threatening behaviour, in addition to assaulting crew members Mario Agius and Holly Ward. Bail was set at £30,000 and Buck was ordered not to contact prosecution witnesses or any members of the crew on board that flight.