It’s a day many thought would never come. It looked like R.E.M. was in it for the long haul, but that changed today.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Athens mainstays released a statement via their website today:
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.
The site also includes statements from each of the band members, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck.
Those three, along with drummer Bill Berry, started the band in 1980. By 1991, the band had scored four Top 10 hits and inspired a generation of musicians.
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