OK, you didn’t travel halfway around the world to go see REM – I know – but on the other hand, it IS a free concert, and it IS a chance to get INSIDE the beautiful Kalimarmaro Stadium, climb up the stairs to the top of the Stadium, and admire the view across the Zappeion and National Gardens (and, from one side, all the way up top, you can see the Acropolis as well). 

So, mark your calendar for October 5, 2008. 

The concert itself is sponsored by MTV, celebrating the launch of its latest channel, MTV Greece. R.E.M. will headline the special “MTV GR Day” concert with support from the Kaiser Chiefs, Gabriella Cilmi, and C:Real. Doors are at 5:30PM and the show begins at 7:30. MTV GR Day will be broadcast live on MTV in Greece, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain.

I recommend getting there early. The Greeks will show up late.