One of the most famous U.S. rock bands has called it quits. They were around for 31 years and were one of the first alternative rock bands to gain wide popularity.
Earlier today R.E.M., consisting of Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck, posted the following announcement on the band’s website:
"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.
On the site Stipe added, "A wise man once said–‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it. I hope our fans realize this wasn’t an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.
"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing."
According to the Chicago Tribune, "An assistant reached at band manager Bertis Downs’ office in Athens, Ga., confirmed that the announcement is not a hoax."
R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Here’s a live version (2004) of R.E.M.’s hit "Losing My Religion"