One of the great producers and songwriters of the Motown empire. Often working with Barrett Strong of "Money" fame, he wrote and produced such timeless hits as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "War", and most of the late 60s-early 70s Temptations hits. Some truly great records.
REM has always been a liberal band so you shouldn't be surprised to see them on a tour like this. Hey they have the right to voice their political opinions, just as I have the choice not to listen to them.