The band also announce the release of a three-DVD box set - should please the type of fan who travels from Boston just to his heroes play four songs...

REM, who recorded four songs for BBC TV’s ‘LATER…WITH JOOLS HOLLAND’ last night (May 1), release a special low-price DVD box set on May 14, the same day their new album ‘REVEAL’ is released.

The three-DVD set includes ‘Parallel’, a collection of video clips, plus short film excerpts and material from the US show ‘Saturday Night Live’. ‘This Film Is On’ features the Grammy award-winning promo for ‘Losing My Religion’, as well as the MTV Unplugged renditions of ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Love Is All Around’. ‘Tourfilm’, a live performance shot on the band’s 1989 ‘Green World Tour’, is available in surround sound.

As well as current single ‘Imitation Of Life’, released on Monday (April 30), REM previewed another two tracks from ‘Reveal’ at ‘…Later…”s recording – ‘The Lifting’ and ‘All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)’, before closing with the classic ‘The One I Love’. Other acts performing were Orbital, Clearlake, Baaba Maal and India:Arie. They were watched by an invited audience including Brian Eno, UK comedy troupe The League Of Gentlemen and ‘Trainspotting’ actress Shirley Henderson. Several REM fans were spotted outside offering up to £75 a ticket for the show. One fan travelled all the way from Boston to see his heroes perform.

Speaking about the prelude to Sunday’s (April 29) headlining appearance at the South African Freedom Concert in London’s Trafalgar Square, REM frontman Michael Stipe told presenter Jools Holland: “We met Nelson Mandela beforehand and he asked me to sing a song and I froze. Then he asked The Corrs and they froze. Then he asked – is it Melanie C? (Referring to Mel B) and she froze. But when he asked Baaba Maal he sang, and it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life.”

‘Later… With Jools Holland’ will be broadcast on BBC2 this Friday (May 4) at 11.35pm, and is repeated at 11.50pm on Sunday (May 6).