The US rock gods kick off the show's 22nd series...

REM have been confirmed to open the new series of ‘LATER… WITH JOOLS HOLLAND’ this month.

The band, who are set to release a new greatest hits compilation, ‘In Time’, on October 27, appear on the first episode of the long-running live music show’s 22nd series.

Performing new single ‘Bad Day’ alongside a selection of hits, they will be joined by British Sea Power, Yoko Ono, Buddy Guy and June Tabor.

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The new series of ‘Later…’ begins at 11.35pm on Friday October 17 on BBC2, and will include the show’s 150th episode.