The former drummer pays his old bandmates a surprise visit - to reveal he's become a sushi chef...

Former REM drummer BILL BERRY has paid the band a visit while they rehearse for their world tour.

The band were in their native Athens, Georgia last week getting ready for the jaunt, which kicks off on Saturday (June 21) in Utrecht, Holland. And Berry, who quit the band in 1997, popped in to reveal his new talent – he’s become a sushi chef.

In a post on their official website, [url=], the band’s manager Bertis Downs said: “Bill dropped by rehearsals and revealed that he has been doing a lot more with his time of late than just farming and baling hay.

“Word has it that Bill has become a bona fide sushi chef (well, at least he looks like one) and to prove it, he wowed the band with his culinary talents. No word as to whether or not Bill will have his own show on the Food Channel. Stay tuned for details.”

Downs added that the band are flying to Holland this week for a few more days of rehearsals. As previously revealed on NME.COM, the band have rehearsed over 75 songs from all 12 studio albums for the tour, including some they haven’t played for many years.

The group’s European dates are as follows:

Utrecht Tivoli (June 21)

Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall (22)

London Brixton Academy (24,25)

Glastonbury Festival (June 27)

Werchter Festival (29)

Hamburg Volkspark (July 1)

Odense Midtfym Festival (3)

Berlin Waldbuhne (4)

Munich Konigsplatz (5)

Locarno Piazza Grande (7)

Vienna TBA (8)

Warsaw Gwardia Stadium (10)

T In The Park (12)

Manchester Move Festival (13)

Dublin Marlay Park (16/17)

Wiesbaden Bowling Green (19)

Vieilles Charrues Festival (20)

Padova Stadio Euganeo (22)

Ancona Stadio Del Corero (23)

Naples Neapolis Festival (24)

Vienne Cotes Du Rock (26)