Less than a week after R.E.M. officially called it quits, Rolling Stone’s David Fricke gets a little more insight on the split from bassist Mike Mills.
“There is a great deal of sadness, but it’s really celebratory,” Mills tells Rolling Stone. “There is sadness because I will never play on the same stage as Peter and Michael again.”
Mills also reveals to the magazine that the decision was made several months ago, but the band took the time to make sure everything was in order before pulling the plug, because, he says, “a lot of people are affected by this decision in a serious way.”
The band members, who have been scattered around the country, had gathered in Athens to record new songs for an upcoming greatest hits package called “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.” The anthology, which covers the bands entire career, will be release Nov. 15. The new songs — “A Month of Saturdays”, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” and “Hallelujah” — were all recorded after the band completed what appears to be the final R.E.M. studio album, “Collapse Into Now.”
Rolling Stone also speaks with Rob Cavallo, the chairman of Warner Bros. Records, the band’s label, in the piece, which you can find in full here.