Migraine ills R.E.M. drummer

FRANKFURT, Germany The drummer of the rock group R.E.M. left a concert in Switzerland with a migraine headache and was hospitalized for observation, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Bill Berry was suffering from ''severe migraines,'' said Michele Rawson, a spokeswoman for R.E.M.-Athens, Ltd., the group's management organization in Athens, Ga.

''He's in good spirits,'' Rawson said. ''The doctors are checking him.''

Berry felt ill and was unable to complete the concert in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday night, concert promoter Marek Lieberberg said.

Lieberberg said Berry had suffered a brain hemorrhage, but Rawson said that was not the case. Lieberberg said he could not give Berry's condition or other details.

The Lausanne-based Le Matin newspaper said Berry grabbed his head in pain and was taken off stage. Singer Michael Stipe told the audience it was a ''bad migraine,'' the newspaper said.

R.E.M. is on an European tour promoting its new album, Monster.

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