After more than three decades of being one of the premier alternative bands in the world, R.E.M. have finally called it quits.
In a statement released on September 21, R.E.M. said that the members of the band—Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck—are contented of what they have achieved since they first came together in 1980. “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,” the band said in a statement posted in their official website.
The breakup came months after the band released their 15th studio album in March. Bassist Mike Mills said the idea of calling it quits came while they were recording the album “Collapse Into Now.” Mills said in their website: “During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.”